When you submit your thesis or dissertation, you have an option to set an embargo for a limited time which will limit the availability of your work. For sensitive content, you may also opt to have minor portions of your thesis or dissertation redacted.
Embargoes are set periods through which the full-text for an electronic publication is not freely available online. For example, a publication embargoed until January 1, 2020 won't be accessible online until that date.There are some embargo alternatives, such as redaction, that can also be implemented.
Effective May 2021, access to undergraduate honors theses by default are restricted to the W&M Community (William & Mary IP and W&M credentials) unless, after consultation with your advisor, you elect to make your work freely available online, as Open Access. Embargo terms of 1-3+ years are offered.