Policies & Permissions

Questions? Contact the ID Standards team for more information.

General Information

Approved Vendors

All printing and production of materials that use U-M registered trademarks must be done by a licensed vendor. This applies to both U-M departments and student groups.

Email Signatures

Every email program is a little different. In general, to add the U-M logo to your email signature you will want to insert a link to an uploaded image. If you’re using Gmail, use the “Insert Image” button under the settings option for signature. If you want to use your unit’s logo signature instead, you should contact your unit IT or marketing department for that link. NOTE: the image must be uploaded to a server to display correctly. If you need assistance, ask your IT professional. A signature-sized university logo is available here: umich.edu/assets/email-logo.png.

Endorsements & Recruiting

External companies may identify the university as a client and describe in factual terms the product or service provided. But they are not permitted to use the Block M or any other university logo without prior permission from the ID Standards team. Nor can the U-M logo, the Block M or other U-M registered trademarks be used in recruiting materials by external companies.

University units. Similarly, individual university units may not provide testimonial quotes about a product or service received from a vendor.

University employees. If you want to provide a testimonial for a product or service in your personal capacity, you must take care that your statement is not mistaken as a university endorsement. This means that you must make it clear that you are speaking only on your own behalf. If you include your university title, you must also include the following language: “Title provided for identification purposes only. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual only and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the University of Michigan.”

Film Office

Planning to film on campus? U-M’s Film Office can help with planning, site selection, and much more. Our campus offers a wide range of exterior and interior settings, including the world-famous Law Quad and the beautiful Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Visit the U-M Film Office website for information on guidelines and fees, and to download forms, or umfilmoffice@umich.edu or phone 734-763-5800.

Licensing & Royalties

All purchases bearing any registered trademark of the university must be made by a manufacturer licensed by the university.

Political Campaigns

The use of U-M registered trademarks in political campaigns is prohibited. This PDF contains more information about university policy. If you have questions, contact the Office of the Vice President and Secretary of the University.

“Victors” Recordings

“The Victors,” U-M’s fight song, is in the public domain and may be freely played. If you want to use the Michigan Marching Band’s recording of the song, however, you’ll need to get permission and proper clearances. For more information, email the Marching Band.

Policies for Use By:

Alumni

Use of the U-M marks by alumni is limited. Alumni may not use the Block M on resumes or cover letters. Alumni may also not design their own business cards, but the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan (AAUM) and many of the regional alumni clubs have business card designs available for you to use. Contact the Alumni Association or your local regional club for more information.

Business

Use of the U-M name and/or registered trademarks by businesses, vendors, suppliers and contractors is generally prohibited. Also, please note that the U-M logo, the Block M and other U-M registered trademarks may not be used in recruiting materials by external companies.

Individuals

The University of Michigan logo, the Block M and the unit logos (“the marks”) are generally reserved for use by U-M units, sponsored student organizations and licensed vendors only. But there are certain exceptions, where individuals not affiliated with the U-M may use the marks; they include:

  • wedding cakes/groom’s cakes
  • cakes for other celebratory events like birthdays
  • gravestones and funeral urns
  • high school graduation announcements and party invitations for students graduating from high school and planning to attend the University of Michigan
  • graduation announcements and party invitations for students graduating from the University of Michigan

Vendors may require a letter stating that the use of the mark was approved by the university. Please contact us at ID Standards@umich.edu to request one.

Other requests are determined on a case-by-case basis. Email the ID Standards team for more information.

Students

Use of the U-M marks by individual students is prohibited except for a few specified cases:

Current students and recent graduates may use the marks on posters for presentations and conferences, as long as the work being presented was conducted at U-M. Students may also order templated, pre-designed business cards produced by U-M Printing Services or any Ann Arbor FedEx/Kinko’s locations. Students may not create their own business cards. 

Students may also not use the marks on resumes, cover letters or apparel.

Student Groups

Sponsored student organizations (SSOs) may use the Block M and/or the sponsoring unit’s logo signature. SSOs may also design their own graphical marks, but those cannot include the Block M or any other U-M registered trademarks.

Voluntary student organizations (VSOs) may not use university trademarks or logos. For more information, contact the Center for Campus Involvement at 734-763-5900 or email uminvolvement@umich.edu, or read more about student org policies and copyright and trademarks on the CCI website.

View a PDF of logo guidelines for student orgs.