Withholding access to your thesis
Only in exceptional circumstances will it be possible to withhold access to your thesis.
The main reason the University may agree to withhold access to your thesis is to protect intellectual property or material of a sensitive commercial nature.
Other reasons are outlined in sections 6, 7 and 9 of the Official Information Act 1982. All information held by the University is subject to this Act, which operates on “the principle that the information shall be available unless there is good reason for withholding it”.
The University can give no guarantee that information held by it will not have to be made available under the Official Information Act 1982.
Applying to withhold access
To have your thesis withheld from public scrutiny, you will need to apply to the Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research using the form below.
- apply as soon as it becomes apparent that withholding access may be necessary
- have very good reasons for seeking to withhold access
- have the support of your supervisors and Head of School.
- permission will only be granted in exceptional circumstances
- the maximum period that access may be withheld is two years.
Refer to the Withholding of Theses Procedures for further information.