"A thesis or dissertation constitutes an important contribution to scholarship. Disseminating such contributions is consistent with the University of Washington’s mission to share its scholarly work with other scholars, students, and the public. Therefore, the University views the wide and timely dissemination of thesis and dissertation results as an obligation of students.
The Graduate School requires that all theses and dissertations be deposited electronically and made available through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database, and through the University of Washington Libraries’ ResearchWorks repository service – which makes them available to other UW researchers and the general public."
- UW Graduate School Policy for Deposit and Dissemination of Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations