Copyright and Theses

Paragraphs 2.8 and 2.9 of Part I of The UWI Policy on Intellectual Property are reproduced hereunder:

“2.8 Where a student produces a work based on research or other scholarly activity conducted under the supervision of a staff member and the supervision of that work is a requirement of the student's academic programme, then, the University will not claim proprietary rights in the work except in the circumstances described in paragraph 2.9.

Where a student has proprietary rights in a work, the University shall receive a non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to:

(a) make copies or representations of the work for academic purposes within the University;
(b) circulate the work as part of the University library collection;
(c) at the request of other Universities or of other institutions approved by the University, make single copies of a thesis deposited in the University library;
(d) make available the work to the National Library of a University country;
(e) publish an abstract of any work that is a student thesis.

2.9 The University may claim proprietary rights in a work produced by a student where -

(a) the staff involvement in the creation of the work is substantial and the University desires to exercise its rights based on this involvement; or
(b) the work is part of a larger work over which the University intends to exercise its rights; or
(c) the use of the facilities, equipment or other resources of the University are substantially in excess of the norm for educational purposes.
The properly authorized use by students of word processors, facilities, equipment or resources or the use of University libraries to create works shall not constitute a basis for a claim by the University of proprietary rights in such works.”


Persons wishing to consult a thesis in the Alma Jordan Library of the UWI must first complete and sign a request form.