Delayed Publication and Copyright Information

Restricting Access/Delayed Publication

A thesis or dissertation submitted electronically with no requests for restriction by the student will be published during the graduation clearance process.

On occasion, a student may request a delay in the publication of the thesis or dissertation if immediate release may influence publishing a book or seeking a patent. If this is the case, the Request for Delayed Publication Form must be submitted along with the proper approval forms. Generally, the Graduate College discourages the use of delayed publication without reasonable cause.

Questions should be directed to the Graduate College.


Your paper is automatically protected by copyright as soon as it is created in a tangible form, including being saved as an electronic file.  However, you may choose the additional protection of registering your copyright.  Both thesis and dissertation students can file a copyright registration on-line with the U.S. Copyright Office.  The U.S. Copyright Office charges a fee of $35.00 for you to register your document.  

According to, "copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture."  This means any original content you create in a tangible format is considered to have a copyright.  This includes your scholarly work.

Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.  (

Items on the internet are covered by copyright.  This includes but is not limited to music, videos, pictures, forms, surveys, articles, and more.  Some items may have terms and conditions of acceptable use for images and text that you discover online.  Please review these before using any content.

In general, the author(s) of a work own the copyright.  Students also hold the copyright of their own creative and scholarly works.

For further information about copyright please see  The Copyright Clearance Center has information about copyright and offers you the ability to search for and obtain permission to use copyrighted material. 

Kenneth Crews on Protecting your scholarship (YouTube)

Know Your Rights: Who Really Owns Your Scholarly works (YouTube)