Stanford University College Republicans have been prohibited from using the logo they designed for their new T-shirts because the image uses the American flag, according to The College Fix.
The university’s trademark office , as represented by Kara Hegwood, a trademark licensing associate at Stanford University, sent an email to the College Republicans’ financial officer, John Rice-Cameron, which read:
Stanford does not approve the use of the American (or other flag on product also featuring our trademarks (including the Stanford name). We can approve red/white/blue themed product but cannot approve this design which features altered version of the flag in the background of the design, and within the initials for the organization name. I note you feature a different design on your website – we would be able to approve that design on product.
The College Fix reports, “It’s unclear which policy Hegwood is referring to, as a lengthy trademark guide on the university’s website does not appear to mention flags, according to a word search of the online resource.”
Cameron told The College Fix he wants to use the new logo, calling it a “kick-ass design,” and adding, “The [new] logo is emblematic of our club. It shows we are willing to boldly promote conservatism.”