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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I have a unique logo?

A: The Oregon State University logo is your logo. There are companion logos for each college, as well as for Agricultural Experiment Stations, Ecampus, Extension, the Hatfield Marine Science Center and OSU-Cascades. Contact University Marketing if you have questions about university and companion logos.

Q: What are companion logos and when can I use them?

A: Companion logos are marks that combine the Oregon State University logo with colleges, departments or programs on campus. Companion logos can be used for promotional items (pens, shirts, frisbees, etc.) and on print pieces with logos from Oregon State partners. More information is available on companion logos and how to use them.

Q: Can I use a unique Beaver logo or illustration?

A: The Beaver logo is reserved for athletics and licensed merchandise. To ensure a consistent Oregon State brand identity and logo system, animated, stylized, hand drawn, illustrated or other forms of a beaver or the Beaver logo may not be used.

Q: Where can I find answers to questions about grammar and style?

A: Visit the Writing section of the Brand Guidelines for guidance. Oregon State uses The Associated Press Stylebook as its style guide, and all university units are expected to follow AP style. A quick reference guide covers the most common style questions for university communications.

Q: I downloaded an .eps file and have no way to open it. What do I do?

A: Although you may not have a program that can open an .eps file, you can still insert it into Microsoft Word, Publisher, PowerPoint or any other image program. Select Insert > Picture > From File, then navigate to the desired .eps file. An .eps file is vector based, which means it can be scaled to any size without becoming pixelated.

Q: Do I need to get a release form signed by subjects used in communications or for photo use?

A: Yes. the university requires a model release form be filled out whenever we are using a person’s name, likeness, voice, participation, comments and/or appearance; in audio/visual media, including, but not limited to, video, sound and photographic still imaging; or written material. When your communications involves students, FERPA policies must be followed and a release must be obtained. For more information on FERPA and privacy policies, please visit the links below.

Privacy of records: http://oregonstate.edu/registrar/privacy-records

FERPA tutorial: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/computing/train/ferpa/

Release Forms