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Thesis Submission Guidelines and Policies: Print copies

Bound Print Theses

Bound Print Theses for Department, Library and Personal Use

Due to recent constraints placed upon the library by the bindery, theses will now be sent to the bindery twice a year instead of once a month.

All print copies of theses to be sent to the bindery should be submitted to the student’s department administrative assistant, along with a Thesis Bindery Information Form for each copy of each thesis submitted. The department administrative assistant will deliver the theses to the Acquisitions Coordinator (Chris Curcio, Tutt Library, second floor, Room 223) who will send them to the bindery in Nebraska. 

All theses should include a title page that includes the following: title, department, degree, author, Colorado College and graduation date. Sample title page

Department print copy

Because theses for most departments are readily available through the library’s digital repository, departments may wish to reevaluate whether bound, printed departmental copies are still desired. Please be aware that the bindery has increased the cost for print theses (up to 2.5" thick with normal weight paper) to $25 each for academic year 2022-2023. Theses thicker than 2.5" or bound with heavier paper (linen/cotton blends) may incur additional charges. 

The department administrative assistant is responsible for checking that the thesis meets department requirements. The library will not check for errors. The department administrative assistant needs to double-check that these guidelines have been met before delivering the theses to the Acquisitions Coordinator (Chris Curcio, Tutt Library, second floor, Room 223), who will then send them to the bindery in Nebraska.

Each department thesis copy must be accompanied by a completed Thesis Bindery Information Form.

Each department has been pre-assigned a particular color for the cover binding and the spine stamp.

Department administrative assistants will be notified by the Acquisitions Coordinator when the bound theses have returned from the bindery and are ready to be picked up.

Student personal print copies

If students want a bound copy of their thesis, they can order one through their department or order directly from Houchen Bindery.

Ordering through department

Please be aware that the bindery has increased the cost for print theses (up to 2.5" thick with normal weight paper) to $25 each for academic year 2022-2023. Theses thicker than 2.5" or bound with heavier paper (linen/cotton blends) may incur additional charges. 

The library will not check for errors. This is the responsibility of the student. Utilize the checklist on the Thesis Bindery Information Form to make certain you have used correct margin sizing, have a complete title page, and all pages are included and in order. The department administrative assistant needs to double-check that these guidelines have been met before delivering the theses to the Acquisitions Coordinator (Chris Curcio, Tutt Library, second floor, Room 223).  

When bound theses return from the bindery, the department administrator will deliver or mail personal copies to students. Students should make sure that their department administrator has a current mailing address before leaving campus.

Attach a Thesis Bindery Information Form to each personal copy you are submitting.

Standard binding for student copies is black with gold lettering.

Titles are printed on the spine of the bound thesis.  Lengthy titles will be printed up to the colon.  The maximum characters allowed by the bindery are 65.  

Ordering direct from the bindery

Students may also work directly with the bindery. Houchen Bindery has a print-on-demand link which takes you to their online ordering page: https://www.houchenBindery.com/on-demand-printing-order/

Follow the instructions, upload your PDF, and pay for your thesis.  Houchen will ship the bound thesis directly to you. 

Library print copy

If you submit your thesis electronically (see department links at the top), the library will preserve your thesis in perpetuity, and a printed copy is NOT needed. Because of limited shelving space, the library no longer catalogs or shelves theses, unless the department absolutely requires it.

Although it is the responsibility of students to submit their thesis in accordance with the checklist on the Thesis Bindery Information Form (including correct information on the title page, specified margin sizes, and that all pages are included and in order), the department administrative assistant needs to double-check that these guidelines have been met before delivering the theses to the Acquisitions Coordinator (Chris Curcio, Tutt Library, second floor, Room 223).

Requests after Graduation

Requests made for a bound personal copy of a thesis a year or more after the student has graduated will not be accepted. Contact Houchen Bindery, https://www.houchenBindery.com/on-demand-printing-order/ to order a print-on-demand copy.  

Bindery Information: 2022-2023 Deadlines

Due to constraints placed on the library by the bindery, theses will now be sent out twice a year instead of once a month. 

The deadline for handing in theses is NOON on the following dates. These dates are subject to change at the discretion of the bindery: 

September 1st, 2022

February 1st, 2023

August 1st, 2023

If these dates are inconvenient for students or staff, we highly recommend using the print-on-demand link to order copies directly from the bindery.

Trisha Curtis, the library administrator, will be reaching out to department administrators sometime in June 2023, regarding journal entries for theses costs. 

Please be aware that the bindery has increased the cost for print theses (up to 2.5" thick with normal weight paper) to $25 each for academic year 2022-2023. Theses thicker than 2.5" or bound with heavier paper (linen/cotton blends) may incur additional charges. 

For More Information

If there are any questions about binding print copies, please call the Acquisitions Coordinator (Chris Curcio, Tutt Library, second floor, Room 223) at 719-389-6663 or send an email.

For questions about the digital repository or electronic thesis submission, contact the Digital Scholarship and Repository Librarian (Cate Guenther, Tutt Library, third floor, Room 324B) at 719-389-6875 or send an email.