What is the Seal?
Created in 1866 and redesigned in 1964, the university seal is intended for formal and ceremonial uses. The seal is a federally registered trademark. Affiliates may not use the seal.
Use of the Seal
The seal may be placed on materials of an official, formal or ceremonial nature, such as documents that describe a student's academic relationship to the university, on official personnel-related documents, and official research-related documents by KU units.
The seal may be printed only in KU blue (PMS 293) or black. Reversing the seal out of a color is acceptable if done judiciously.
Do not print the seal using a four-color process blue or color build because of difficulties reproducing the fine lines within the seal.
The seal should not be used as a background graphic or design element.
Clear space requirements must be observed, except in special, pre-approved circumstances.
The seal should not appear less than 1 inch, shown here in actual size.
Embossing the Seal
The offices of the chancellor, executive vice chancellor at the Medical Center, university registrar, and the registrar's office at the Medical Center have ownership and usage rights to devices than can emboss or impress the university seal on a document. NO OTHER OFFICE MAY OWN OR USE SUCH A DEVICE. For information about embossing the seal, contact the Office of the University Registrar at the Lawrence or Medical Center campuses.