From: University Dissertat Thesis Services <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 3:55 PM
Subject: UDTS policy on Signature Sheets and Embargo Request Forms


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As I've (understandably) received this question quite a bit over the last week, I wanted to make sure everyone is clear on my policy re: signing Signature Sheets and Embargo Request Forms. 


I will accept digital/electronic signatures as long as they look like actual signatures, as opposed to a box stating something to the effect of "I certify that I agree" or something similar. 


The sign-scan-send (s-s-s) method will also work, with this caveat: Signature Sheets can almost always withstand 1 round of s-s-s without issue. The second round may be fine, but after that, the chances that the Signature Sheet will warp/become "dirty" increase dramatically. Please use your judgment, and please be aware that I will not accept a messy/unreadable signed Signature Sheet. S-s-s is usually fine for Embargo Request Forms, as only 2 people (at the most) will sign them. But, again, please use your judgment.


I hope this helps; please let me know if you have any questions or need any further information. 


Thank you,






Sally Evans


University Dissertation & Thesis Services

George Mason University

2005 Fenwick Library

Phone: 703-993-2222

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm