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Restriction of Thesis

If, at the time of submitting the thesis for completion of degree requirements, the student elects to protect any rights to commercial publication, or to obtain a patent which may arise from the research, or as a result of any contract made with a third party, or for any other reason, the student must indicate that the thesis is to be restricted as part of the submission process on QSpace. This will restrict the archival copy of the thesis from placement in QSpace, Library and Archives Canada, and Proquest, and will restrict copies of the thesis submitted to the School of Graduate Studies from binding, microfilming or deposit in any library.

The duration of the restriction shall be five (5) years, with immediate and automatic release to QSpace, Library and Archives Canada, and Proquest, at the end of the restriction period. Students may release their thesis from restriction earlier than 5 years by informing the School of Graduate Studies that the restriction may be lifted.


1. The author's name, thesis title and thesis abstract (also known as the thesis metadata) shall be available for all restricted theses through the usual online databases throughout the duration of the restriction. Under extraordinary circumstances, a student may contact the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies to request restriction of the metadata information for the duration of the thesis restriction.

2. It is recognized that the student has the right to withhold the thesis by deferring the thesis examination.

Rose M. Silva, Thesis Coordinator
613-533-6000, x77313
School of Graduate Studies
Queen's University
Gordon Hall, Rm 425
Kingston, Ont. CANADA
K7L 3N6