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Use of the UC San Diego and University of California Names

Use of the UC San Diego and the University of California (UC) names is regulated by the State of California Education Code Section 92000, as implemented by UC policy, the UC San Diego Brand Guidelines, and UC San Diego policies and procedures. All uses must comply with these laws and policies concerning the use of the UC San Diego and University of California name, logo, seals, trademarks, copyrights, and other proprietary identifiers.

State of California Education Code Section 92000

  1. The name "University of California" is the property of the state. No person shall, without the permission of the Regents of the University of California, use this name, or any abbreviation of it or any name of which these words are a part, in any of the following ways:
    1. To designate any business, social, political, religious, or other organization, including, but not limited to, any corporation, firm, partnership, association, group, activity, or enterprise.
    2. To imply, indicate, or otherwise suggest that any such organization, or any product or service of such organization, is connected or affiliated with, or is endorsed, favored, or supported by, or is opposed by the University of California.
    3. To display, advertise, or announce this name publicly at, or in connection with, any meeting, assembly, or demonstration, or any propaganda, advertising, or promotional activity of any kind which has for its purpose or any part of its purpose the support, endorsement, advancement, opposition, or defeat of any strike, lockout, or boycott or of any political, religious, sociological, or economic movement, activity, or program.
  2. Nothing in this section shall interfere with or restrict the right of any person to make a true and accurate statement of his or her present or former relationship or connection with, his or her employment by, or his or her enrollment in, the University of California in the course of stating his or her experience or qualifications for any academic, governmental, business, or professional credit or enrollment, or in connection with any academic, governmental, professional, or other employment whatsoever.
  3. Every person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor.


UC San Diego Brand Guidelines, ucpa.ucsd.edu/brand

A number of sections in the UC San Diego Policy and Procedure Manual (Use of the University Name and Seal, Graphic Identity and Trademarks) are under review and will be available once approved.
See adminrecords.ucsd.edu.