5.5 Restricting Access to Your Thesis
In most cases there is no need to request any form of restriction on access to your thesis.
A restriction on access may be needed though if your thesis contains sensitive material - such as sensitive personal information or information of commercial value. If you are unsure, speak with your supervisor in the first instance. You should also consult any sponsors, etc. involved in your research on whether or not access to your thesis should be restricted.
Where it is necessary to restrict access to a thesis, this can be done by requesting that it be placed under an embargo.
Requesting an Embargo
If you need to request a full embargo, then you must do this at least three months before you make your first thesis submission. Your request will need to be in writing to the Graduate Dean and can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Your request should set out in full your reasons for seeking an embargo and what length of embargo is proposed. Please note though that embargos of more than three years will not normally be approved. Your request should be accompanied by a short written statement of support from your supervisor(s).
Your case will be considered by the Graduate Dean who will give you written notice if the embargo is approved. If an embargo is needed, approval must be granted before your first thesis submission to the Graduate School Office and you will need to provide evidence that an embargo has been approved when you submit your thesis.