ATU Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) Release Form

Student papers, projects, and other academic creations, whether in printed or electronic form, nearly always enjoy automatic copyright protection as soon as the work is fixed in some tangible form. Student academic creations might also constitute academic records and be subject to privacy protections under other federal and state laws.

Arkansas Tech University policies and other federal and state laws (e.g., the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act) may define and protect student records and other privacy interests relating to the use and release of materials arising out of or prepared for educational endeavors.

By signing the ETD Release form, the student is specifically granting a non-exclusive distribution license to Arkansas Tech University for the purposes set forth in this document, authorizing disclosure of the student’s work to others, and is relinquishing and waiving any claims that may arise under any statutory or common law protections as a result of the use of this work for these purposes.

Non-exclusive Distribution License

To properly administer this Research Repository and preserve the contents for future use, Arkansas Tech University (ATU) requires certain permissions from you, the author(s) or copyright owner. By accepting this license, you still retain copyright to your work. You do not give up the right to submit the work to publishers or other repositories. By accepting this license, you grant to Arkansas Tech University the non-exclusive right to reproduce, translate (as defined below), and/or distribute your submission (including the metadata and abstract) worldwide, in any format or medium for non-commercial, academic purposes only.

ATU will clearly identify your name(s) as the author(s) or owner(s) of the submission, including a statement of your copyright, and will not make any alteration, other than as allowed by this license, to your submission.

You agree that ATU may, without changing the content, translate the submission to any medium or format and keep more than one copy for the purposes of security, back up and preservation. You also agree that authorized readers of your work have the right to use it for non-commercial, academic purposes as defined by the "fair use" doctrine of U.S. copyright law, so long as all attributions and copyright statements are retained. If the submission contains material for which you do not hold copyright and that exceeds fair use, you represent that you have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner to grant ATU the rights required by this license, and that such third-party owned material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the submission.