Section 190, part 8(a)(3) of the NDSU policy manual states: “a student must, as a condition to a degree award, grant royalty-free permission to the Institution to reproduce and publicly distribute, including by electronic means, copies of the student’s Work.” In other words, all NDSU disquisitions are expected to be made available to the public shortly after they are approved by the Graduate School.
However, for a number of reasons (e.g., patent applications, proprietary information, pending publication), a student may wish to delay the release of his or her disquisition.
To request a delayed release, the following must be done prior to the initial submission of your disquisition to the Graduate School:
- Complete and submit the Delayed Release form to the Graduate School. Please note that the completed form must be approved and signed by your Advisor, Department Chair/Program Director, and the Graduate Dean.
- If submitting a Master’s Paper to the Institutional Repository, at the submission form question: “Do you want to request delayed release/embargo?” select the option “Yes.”
If submitting through ProQuest, select the option “No” to the Publishing Options question: “I want my work to be available on ProQuest as soon as it is published.” Then, select a time period of 6 months, 1 year, or 2 years of delayed release.
If you obtain a delayed release, your disquisition will not be available to the public (to include employers and other researchers) for the time period requested. Also, if any printed copies are ordered through ProQuest they will not be delivered until the end of the requested time period. After the time period expires, your disquisition will be released for publication.
To request an extension to an approved delayed release time period, you must contact the Graduate School directly. Any additional extensions to the time period requested in the initial delayed release may only be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. You will not be contacted regarding the expiration of your delayed release, and you are solely responsible for requesting any extensions to an approved delayed release.