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Review for Original Work

The university requires all students submitting a thesis or dissertation as part of their graduate degree requirements to first submit their electronic documents through iThenticate for advisement purposes and for review of originality. The thesis or dissertation chair is responsible for scheduling this submission to iThenticate and for reviewing the results from iThenticate with the student's advisory committee. The advisory committee uses the results appropriately to assist the student in the preparation of their thesis or dissertation.

Before the student may be approved for final submission to the university, the thesis or dissertation chair must indicate completion of the Review for Original Work through iThenticate by signing the Thesis Approval Form or Dissertation Approval Form.

For information about iThenticate at UCF, see iThenticate on the Responsible Conduct of Research website, Office of Research and Commercialization.

Who It Applies To

All students engaged in thesis or dissertation work.

When It Applies

The review for original work must be completed prior to the committee signing the Thesis Approval Form or Dissertation Approval Form. This policy has been in effect since Fall 2008. Starting January 1, 2015, this requirement changed from using to using iThenticate, which references databases more appropriate for thesis and dissertation work.

Best Practices

Doctoral or master’s candidates in the dissertation or thesis phase of their program should be enrolled in 3 hours of dissertation or thesis each semester. This reduced registration is applicable for all levels of effort toward completing the dissertation or thesis, since significant university resources are invested in these students.

This Policy is filed under the following Policy Types
Thesis and Dissertation



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