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Student Organizations

All campus departments, organizations and student groups must use a licensed vendor to produce any product bearing the University name and/or logos, or other trademarks with the exception of printed material.  This applies for the following:

  • for the department/organization’s own use (e.g. team shirts)
  • for promotional purposes (giveaways, premiums and such like)
  • for items to be sold for fundraising

For University departments and organizations, please see the University Departments page for more information.  For student organizations, please review the procedure outlined below

How to Obtain Approval for Student Organization Merchandise (internal use and/or fundraisers)

Step One: 

If you are considering ordering products with Boise State name, logos, or trademarks for  your own use, or for resale for fundraising purposes, please visit the Licensed Vendors page to view lists of licensed manufacturers and screen printers.

Submit your Campus Merchandise Order Form or contact the Trademark Licensing Office if you need further assistance in designing or ordering your products and approved licensed vendors.  More information on this process can be found at the Commercial Merchandise page.

Step Two: 

Once you have decided on a design you should refer to the Student Involvement and Leadership Center for the appropriate procedure to obtain funding approval. For fundraising requests, the form can be found here.

Step Three: 

Once approved by Student Involvement and Leadership, you may order products through a licensed vendor according to the standard purchasing guidelines and proceed with your approved design.  Please use the Campus Merchandise Order Form.


  • If a licensed vendor is not used, the University may not approve funding for the order.
  • If the shirts are to be sold for profit, a 15% royalty will be added to the price of the merchandise ordered through the vendor. A royalty can be defined as a portion of the proceeds of sales that gets paid to the trademark owner as a compensation for the use of their mark. The vendor will undertake all the royalty reporting obligations on behalf of the club.
  • If the shirts are not to be sold, and are for members only use, please contact the Office of Trademark Licensing (  for a royalty waiver.

Please feel free to contact for further assistance.


Student Use of University Logo

Below are specific examples of student use.  Other instances of use is covered uniformly whether for use by students, staff, businesses, sponsors, and the general public.  

Business Cards

Students may not use the Boise State University logo(s) on business cards.  A business card symbolizes “employment” with an institution.  Students that are employed, such as graduate students, may request business cards with the department in which they work.  It is to department discretion to issue University business cards using the University templates.  Orders must be processed through the University Printing and Graphics Department.

Other Identification Cards

For students that require some type of identification card for external meetings that are with an organization or professional association, the design on the card should identify you as a student or part of an organization/association and should not match the official templates for employees, or use the University logo.  It is important that in such meetings you represent yourself as a student and do not inadvertently commit the University to something of which it is unaware or unable to fulfill, i.e. a marketing commitment or a contract.  The use of the University logo could infer that you are acting as an agent of the University which would be incorrect unless you were an actual employee.