Dear all,

There is an ongoing discussion at the Graduate Council level regarding Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) and an embargo policy for ETDs. Embargo policy means that it would be possible to allow the dissertation to be unavailable in electronic form for users outside Mason for a period of time (one year, many years, or even indefinitely). Some units argue that an embargo is needed to protect copyrights on art creations (a composition or a choreography) or publishing rights (some journals in some disciplines consider that only publication precludes further publication in archival journals). 

The counter argument is that it is important, for academic integrity and quality control reasons, to allow ETDs to be accessible to all.

At any rate, this is a controversial issue. I encourage you to attend the forum described bellow.


Dr. Daniel A. Menasce
Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Computer Science
Volgenau School of Engineering, 
Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2510, MS 5C8
George Mason University
4400 University Dr.,
Fairfax, VA 22030, USA

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Subject: Fwd: ETD Forum Flyer

Good Morning Council Members,

Please see the message from Amy Gillies below and the attached document regarding the ETD Forum.

Graduate Council Members,

Attached is a flyer regarding the upcoming ETD Forum being held
Thursday, January 26 at 6:00 pm. I would like to request your help in
distributing this to your departments and, if applicable and relevant,
any graduate student list servs you may have.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Amy Gillies
Graduate Programs Coordinator
Office of the Provost
Phone: 703.993.8773
Fax: 703.993.8871