In normal circumstances, as a condition of engaging in graduate study in the university, the author of a thesis grants certain licences and waivers with respect to the circulation and copying of the thesis:
- to the chief librarian a waiver permitting the circulation of the thesis as part of the library collection;
- to the university a licence to make single copies of the thesis under carefully specified conditions;
- to the National Library of Canada a licence to upload/microfilm the thesis under carefully specified conditions.
Provision is made for the circulation and the copying of a thesis to be delayed for a period of up to twelve months from the date of successful final examination, good cause being given.