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ETD Guide

Detailed Guide through the ETD process


An embargo limits access to the ETD only for intellectual property concerns.

FIU policies allow for limited embargo options of six months, one year, and two years, and a permanent embargo option (MFA students have a thesis sample submission option).  Embargoes should be carefully evaluated and chosen before and during the ETD submission process; however, alumni can make written requests for embargoes.  

Embargo options during submission process:

Limited Embargoes can be chosen via the Final ETD Approval form and in the Digital Commons system during submission.

A Permanent Embargo must be requested through a Petition for Exception to Graduate Requirements (MFA students may submit a thesis sample without a petition). 


Embargo options as alumni:

Limited Embargoes can be added or extended with an email request to the ETD Coordinator.

Permanent Embargoes must be requested in writing and submitted to the UGS office in person or via email attachment. The written request must include the reasons and/or policies that require you to make the request and must be accompanied by a departmental memo that has been approved by the college dean or associate dean.

Once the UGS office receives the embargo request and the departmental memo, the UGS dean will review the request and render a decision.