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Thesis & Dissertation Policies

  1. Handbook
    1. A Handbook for Theses and Dissertations contains information on the policies and procedures for
      1. preparing a thesis or dissertation,
      2. having it edited by the Thesis Editor,
      3. and filing it as the final step in graduation.
    2. The Handbook includes
      1. an explanation of the University of Utah format,
      2. examples of forms and essential pages for the thesis,
      3. a list of departmentally-approved style guides,
      4. and a discussion of copyright issues.
    3. A copy of the Handbook is available on The Graduate School website at http://gradschool.utah.edu/thesis/handbook/.
  2. Contract Research
    1. According to the standard research agreement for sponsored, contract work, the University of Utah, as a state institution of higher education, engages only in research that is compatible, consistent, and beneficial to its academic role and mission, and therefore significant results of research activities must be reasonably available for publication.
    2. The University agrees, however, for a period not to exceed six months following completion of the project, that it will obtain sponsor approval prior to publication, which approval will not be unreasonably withheld by sponsor.
    3. The University agrees to keep confidential any sponsor proprietary information supplied to it by sponsor during the course of research performed by the University, and such information will not be included in any published material without prior approval by the sponsor (Office of the University of Utah Vice President for Research).
  3. Inventions and Patents
    1. The University of Utah has a proactive approach to licensing University research to industry that has led to the commercialization of devices, drugs, and drug delivery systems and many other parallel technologies.
    2. The first step in this process is the disclosure to the PIVOT Center of the invention and the subsequent evaluation of the invention for patent protection and commercial appeal.
    3. All University faculty, staff, and students participating in research have an obligation to disclose to the PIVOT Center any potential inventions.
    4. Details of the University’s patent policy can be obtained from Section 7-002 of the University’s Regulations Library.
    5. Any questions should be addressed to the PIVOT Center.
Last Updated: 8/17/21