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Brand Engagement and Governance

Code of Conduct / Enforcement

Code of Conduct

Vanderbilt University is a members of the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC). The minimum, and non-negotiable requirement, is that all Vanderbilt University licensees seek and receive membership in the FLA.

Vanderbilt University is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially responsible manner. With this commitment, Vanderbilt University expects each licensee to recognize its responsibilities to employees for the conditions under which all licensed products and/or services are produced. Every employee involved in the process of assembling products or services manufactured, sold, or distributed by a licensee must be provided with decent working conditions and must be treated with dignity and respect. In order to hold each licensee accountable, Vanderbilt University has implemented the following Code of Conduct. It is expected and required for each licensee to educate the Code of Conduct to all employees, contractors, subcontractors and primary suppliers. 

Enforcement 

A trademark infringement is unauthorized use or similar use of a trademark so as to cause the likelihood of confusion in the minds of the consumers about the source.

All licensed vendors are required to identify their product with the "Officially Licensed Collegiate Product" hologram sticker. With this label, alumni, students, fans and supporters know they are buying a product of quality and authenticity that has been manufactured in accordance with University standards. At Vanderbilt University,  100% of royalties received by Vanderbilt University  through the retail sale of licensed merchandise and apparel go to Opportunity Vanderbilt, scholarship support that helps ensure young people of every background can attend Vanderbilt, creating a dynamic learning community that benefits every student. 

The university is prepared to enforce trademark infringements in order to protect its supporters and to protect the university's assets against the possibility of dilution of its trademarks and their value.

If you believe that you have seen products or services that do not appear to be licensed by Vanderbilt University, please email brandengagement@vanderbilt.edu or complete the Report a Violation form.

Signs of unlicensed merchandise can include the following:

  • No "Officially Licensed Collegiate Product" hologram sticker shown on the product.
  • Product appears to be very poor quality.
  • Vanderbilt University images and logos are distorted or manipulated, sometimes in a distasteful manner.