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Appendix B: Dissertations, Theses, and Reports

General Requirements

A. General Requirements

The faculty of individual graduate programs should establish policies regarding an appropriate style and general format of dissertations, theses and reports for their students. In the absence of detailed program requirements, the supervisory committee is responsible for specifying the style and general format to be used. Specific format requirements may be found in the current Student Guide for Master's and Doctoral Candidates, available on the Graduate School website under Requirements and Guidelines for Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports.


See Appendix R of the Kansas State University Handbook (http://www.k-state.edu/academicpersonnel/fhbook/fhxs-1.html) for a full description of University policies and associated institutional procedures for intellectual property.


Regardless of the style and format used, a thesis or dissertation must be sufficiently complete to allow an independent investigator to repeat or verify all of the work leading to the author's results and conclusions. In certain cases, when a manuscript prepared for publication is to be used, the terseness or page restrictions required by professional journals may prevent an author from meeting this condition with the publishable manuscript alone. In such cases, the thesis or dissertation must include additional materials that ensure independent reproducibility tables, descriptions of unproductive or unsuccessful explorations, derivations, and so forth.

An abstract, not exceeding 500 words, must accompany each copy of the dissertation, thesis or report. A thesis or dissertation must also include a title page that carries the signature block listing the major professor(s).

All dissertations, theses, and reports are submitted electronically. Details regarding specific requirements are available on the Graduate School website. Dissertations, theses, and reports are submitted to K-State Research Exchange (KREx). Access to all Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) are available at KREx. KREx is located at: http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace.

Dissertations theses, and reports may be bound for personal use. Bindery information is available on the Graduate School ETDR website.

B. Publication

A dissertation is an original contribution to knowledge, and it should be available to interested scholars outside of Kansas State University. After completing their doctorate, authors may publish their dissertation in any form they see fit, but the University participates in a program intended to make these works accessible to the widest possible audience.

Dissertations are archived by ProQuest, and the abstracts submitted with them are published in Dissertation Abstracts. Works so listed are available from ProQuest as on-demand publications. A publication form from ProQuest must be completed online and submitted with the electronic dissertation.

C. Sequestration

The purpose of sequestration is to delay for a limited time public dissemination of patentable or otherwise proprietary or sensitive materials. Prior to the final defense, the student and his/her major professor may request that the University act to protect the student's rights concerning the dissertation, thesis, or report by temporarily sequestering the work. Approval must be obtained from the Dean of the Graduate School at least 30 days prior to graduation.

If the dissertation, thesis, or report does not contain material believed to be patentable, the student's major professor should send a request of sequestration directly to the Dean of the Graduate School. If the dissertation, thesis, or report does contain material believed to be patentable, the student's major professor notifies the University Patent Advisory Committee. The chairperson of the University Patent Advisory Committee notifies the major professor of the committee's decision. The major professor sends a letter to the Graduate School requesting sequestration.

If approved by the Dean of the Graduate School, the Graduate School defers electronic submission of the dissertation, thesis, or report. In place of electronic submission, a disk or CD of the PDF file(s) is submitted to the Graduate School. The disk or CD is stored in a secure location in the Graduate School during the period of sequestration. However, this procedure involves no delay in the conferral of the degree. The student whose dissertation, thesis, or report has been approved for sequestration still deposits with the Graduate School the normal fees for graduation. These fees cover the cost of microfilming by UMI/ProQuest, if applicable, at the time of degree completion.

Sequestration is normally limited to four years. Nevertheless, under compelling circumstances that require continued protection, the Dean of the Graduate School may approve further sequestration at the student's or major professor's request on a year-by-year basis for an additional three years.

If the request for sequestration is approved, the Graduate School provides the student a preliminary receipt for the required disk or CD after it is submitted. After the sequestering period, Graduate School provides the student and major professor a receipt indicating the ETDR file(s) have been made available through K-State Research Exchange and submitted to UMI/ProQuest.

As long as the disks or CD remain in the secure location within the Graduate School, access to them may be obtained only with the student's and major professor's written permission authorizing the type of access. On each occasion when the document is reviewed, it will not leave the Graduate School and the user must sign a form on the same day on which he or she uses them indicating he/she had access to the document.

At the end of the sequestration period, the University has the right to disseminate information from the dissertation, thesis, or report as an original contribution to knowledge. For the dissertation, publication normally will be accomplished by electronically submitting the work to UMI/ProQuest for microfilming.