March 18, 2008
U. of Iowa Reverses New Policy That Would Have Made Nearly All Theses Freely Available Online
The University of Iowa has backtracked on a plan to post all graduate students' theses online and make them freely available to the public. The reversal came in response to vigorous protests last week from students in the university's prestigious graduate program in writing, who said that the plan could threaten the commercial value of their novels, plays, and other creative works.
Lola L. Lopes, the interim provost of the university, announced on Monday that the institution
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