The final revised dissertation must be evaluated by all members of a student’s Advisory Committee. Committee members signify approval or disapproval of the final document in the Graduate School Electronic Signature System. This signifies that the thesis or dissertation is in final form and ready for ETD submission and archiving by the Graduate School. If a committee member does not approve the dissertation, that non-approval will be designated on the ETD. A successful candidate is allowed, at most, one negative vote.
Electronic dissertation submission should be completed within two weeks following a successful final defense. A request for an extension may be submitted by the Committee Chair and to the Dean of the Graduate School. A delay in the submission of the dissertation may cause a delay in awarding of the degree, and the student may incur fees for late submission.
The Graduate School does not require students to register their copyright. ProQuest (previously University Microfilms), digitizes abstracts in their book Dissertation Abstracts and also digitizes the dissertations (http://www.proquest.com). If a student wishes to register the copyright, they must apply directly through the Library of Congress Copyright Registration Office. More information concerning the requirements and cost of copyright registration can be found at http://www.copyright.gov.