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Services for Distance Students: Thesis Binding and Distribution

The Library offers a number of services to distance students

Submission Date

The original and four copies of the approved thesis should be submitted for binding to the Sr. Director of Libraries as early as possible, but no later than 4:00p.m. on the last regular class day for the semester or term in which the candidate expects to graduate.

  • Fall graduation -- Last regular class day for the fall semester (December)
  • Spring Graduation --  Last regular class day for the spring semester (May)
  • Summer graduation --  Last regular class day for the summer terms (August)

Cost of Binding

The library will charge the candidate the current minimum binding charge of $20 per thesis copy. There may be an additional charge for larger theses.

The original copy of the thesis must be printed on acid-free paper.

Distribution of Theses

  • Original-Library Archives (All signatures on this copy must be originals.)
  • One copy-Library circulating copy.
  • One copy-School office of candidate’s plan (Arts & Sciences, Business Administration or Education).
  • One copy-Chair of candidate’s committee.
At the candidate's option, other copies may be bound for his/her own use.

Copyright

Copyright of your thesis is secured automatically when the thesis is created, and it is "created" when it is fixed in a copy for the first time. However if you'd like, you may register your copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Why should I register my work if copyright protection is automatic?
Registration is recommended for a number of reasons. Many choose to register their works because they wish to have the facts of their copyright on the public record and have a certificate of registration. Registered works may be eligible for statutory damages and attorney's fees in successful litigation. Finally, if registration occurs within 5 years of publication, it is considered prima facie evidence in a court of law. See Circular 1,Copyright Basics, section "Copyright Registration" on copyright.gov.

The library recommends applying a Creative Commons license to your work. What is Creative Commons? Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. Their free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work -- on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of "all rights reserved" to "some rights reserved".
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

Thesis Binding Request