Repository Policies

SMBHC Thesis Repository Policies

Submission Statement

By submitting this collection of files, I grant the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Thesis Repository a non-exclusive license to store these files and make them publically available at no cost. By submitting this collection of files for inclusion in the SMBHC Thesis Repository, I represent that I either own the copyright to all submitted materials or have permission to include copyrighted material owned by another party.

Data Policy

  1. Submitted items will be available to the public community at large.
  2. Any use of material in this repository must comply with the copyright law of the United States and must be properly acknowledged. Redistribution or reproduction in any format is prohibited without the permission of the copyright holder.
  3. Individual files have depositor-specified rights, permissions, and conditions.
  4. This repository is not the publisher; it is merely the online archive.

Content Policy

  1. The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (SMBHC) Thesis Repository is an institutional repository maintained by the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi.
  2. The SMBHC Thesis Repository contains only honors theses and associated files produced by University of Mississippi honors graduates.

Submission Policy

  1. Items may only be deposited by registered undergraduate students authorized by Dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College or their delegate.
  2. Authors may only submit their own work for archiving.
  3. Depositors must provide bibliographic metadata for each thesis.
  4. Depositors must submit the primary thesis document in Portable Document Format (PDF). Multimedia files associated with the thesis may be uploaded separately. Software required to play multimedia files will not be provided by the repository nor can the repository guarantee that multimedia files will remain accessible in the future.
  5. Depositors must submit the full version of their thesis but may restrict its public availability if it contains third-party copyrighted material for which the author has not obtained permission. Authors must submit an edited version of their thesis for public availability that omits any third-party copyrighted material for which they have not obtained permission.
  6. In limited circumstances, a student may wish to postpone public release of his or her thesis and associated files. An embargo is frequently sought with respect to research that may be patentable. A student who is considering such a postponement, referred to as a thesis embargo, is responsible for requesting the embargo from the Dean of the Honors College before the submission deadline for his or her Honors thesis. An embargo may be sought for a one-year period, at which time the submitted material will become public unless a further request is made by the depositor and approved by the Dean of the Honors College. Graduates may request a renewal of the embargo.
  7. The validity and authenticity of the content of submissions is the sole responsibility of the depositor.
  8. Any copyright violations are entirely the responsibility of the authors/depositors.
  9. SMBHC Thesis Repository editors review submitted items for file format and obvious errors) before moving them into the repository for public access. The editors do not review the specific content of the deposited thesis. Review does not indicate or transfer responsibility for potential copyright violations to the editors.
  10. SMBHC Honors Thesis Repository reserves the right to withhold publication or withdraw an item if made aware of a potential copyright violation.

Preservation Policy

  1. No retention period is defined for the SMBHC Honors Thesis Repository.
  2. The printed version of the honors thesis retained by the Honors College is the preservation copy.
  3. SMBHC Honors Thesis Repository regularly backs up its files according to current best practice.
  4. Items may be withdrawn by the Dean of the Honors College. Acceptable reasons for withdrawal include:
    • Copyright violation or plagiarism o Legal requirements
    • Falsified research
  5. Changes to deposited items are not permitted.