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Dissertation Approval

Section 7.11 of the Graduate School Handbook

Final Approval. Final approval of the dissertation cannot occur until the final oral examination has been completed satisfactorily. Each dissertation committee member indicates approval by posting their decision on the Report on Final Document in GRADFORMS that must be submitted to the Graduate School by the published deadline for the semester or summer term of graduation.

Restricted Material. Dissertations must not contain material that may never be allowed to be published. Students whose dissertations contain material that can be published but requires a delay in public disclosure can request to delay public disclosure on OhioLINK (Ohio Library and Information Network). Although the disclosure of a completed dissertation may be delayed, the document’s title and abstract will still be available to the public via OhioLINK. Please contact the Graduate School for additional information.

Electronic Submission. All doctoral dissertations must be submitted electronically through OhioLINK. All Ohio State dissertations are also archived with ProQuest/UMI. Approved documents submitted via OhioLINK will need to be accepted by the Graduate School by the close of business before the Report on Final Document will be processed. The students must allow adequate time, at least a day or two, between submitting their document to OhioLINK and final review/approval by the Graduate School. 

Abstract. The student must write an abstract of 500 words or less for entry onto the OhioLINK submission screen. The abstract must contain the principal findings of the student’s research.

Fees. Appropriate fees must be paid by the published deadline for the autumn or spring semester or summer term of graduation.