LITS Honors Thesis Policy Guidelines

In accordance with Faculty Legislation, Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) will archive and make accessible an electronic version of student honors theses, and any accompanying or supporting materials (such as video, images, or audio) within our Institutional Archive as part of MHC Digital Collections. Specifically, we will:

  • Store a digital version of your thesis, and any accompanying material, within the Institutional Archive’s Student Theses Collection.
  • Convert your thesis, and any accompanying material, without changing the content, to any other format necessary for preservation and storage. This is also referred to as “migration.”
  • Create a back-up copy of your thesis and any accompanying material for preservation purposes.
  • Make your thesis, and any accompanying material, available to end-users of the Institutional Archive consistent with the access permissions specified by you at the time of submission.

By submitting a thesis and accepting the submission agreement, you, the student, certify the following:

  • That your thesis, and any accompanying material, is an original work, and does not infringe upon any third party’s copyright, such as illustrations or images, OR:
  • that your thesis, and/or any accompanying material, does contain third party content for which you do not hold copyright, and:
  • this content has been clearly identified and acknowledged;

AND the content has been used within the bounds of the Fair Use exemption of U.S. Copyright law (17 USC 107);

OR you have documented that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant MHC the rights required by this agreement.

Consult with your thesis advisor if you have questions about third-party content or the application of Fair Use.  For additional assistance, contact your RIS liaison, or DAPS.

Access and Permissions

Please see Understanding Permissions for Electronic Theses for a full explanation of permissions as they relate to the thesis collections.  Your thesis advisor will be able to assist you in deciding which access category is best for your work depending on its scope and content. All access and permissions are set during the actual submission process.  If you or your thesis advisor feel the access and permission options are not suitable for your thesis, please contact DAPS.

No matter which access category you choose, the descriptive information about your thesis, such the title, subject(s), and the abstract, will be searchable through the Library and Five College Catalog.  

There are two access categories to choose from: Public and Restricted:

Public: your thesis will be available to anyone, anywhere with an internet connection.  

Restricted: Your thesis will only be available to current faculty, staff, and students of MHC.  A valid MHC login is required to access theses in this category.

Within each category, you have the option to embargo, or delay access to your thesis, for a period of up to seven years from the time of submission. 

Changes to the Thesis:

  • You must submit the final version of your thesis by no later than July 1 of your graduation year.  
  • Once submitted and accepted, changes or edits to the thesis are not permitted.
  • Requests for changes to the permissions category (i.e.: to move a thesis from Restricted to Public) may be made anytime via email to DAPS.
  • Requests to withdraw a thesis must be made via email to DAPS and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of Studies office.