CSU Policy: Flag Protocol

Policy Title: Flag Protocol Category: Administration
Owner: Vice President for University Operations Policy ID#: 5-6001-001
Contact:
ROTC-Aerospace Studies
Web: http://airforce.colostate.edu/
Phone: 970-491-6476

Also Contact:
ROTC-Military Science
Web: http://www.armyrotc.colostate.edu/
Phone: 970-491-6506
Original Effective Date: 4/4/1995
Last Major Revision: 1/5/2015
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PURPOSE OF THIS POLICY

Colorado State University recognizes the flag of the United States of America as a living symbol of our national heritage, demonstrating respect for our nation and its people and providing the foundation upon which our institution functions. It shall be displayed by the University with respect according to customs and traditions, and any report of misuse or mutilation may be investigated in accordance with applicable laws.

POLICY STATEMENT

Colorado State University recognizes the flag of the United States of America as a living symbol of our national heritage, demonstrating respect for our nation and its people and providing the foundation upon which our institution functions. It shall be displayed by the University with respect according to customs and traditions, and any report of misuse or mutilation may be investigated in accordance with applicable laws.

1.The Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is responsible for raising and lowering the flag for daily display and special ceremonies at the University's flagpole (Center and University Avenue). Questions or complaints regarding the customs and traditions of raising and lowering the flag (to full and half-staff), storing, folding and replacement, lighting, and flag standards should be directed to the ROTC.

2.The rules and customs for displaying the United States flag were adopted by an act of Congress and are found in Title 36 of the United States Code. A summary of the rules for display of the flag indoors, with other flags and other standards of respect are located in the pamphlet "Our Flag" provided by the National Flag Foundation. The University will adhere to these rules and standards.

3.Members of the University community are expected to demonstrate appropriate courtesy for the flag at athletic events, ceremonies, funerals, and other special events by standing at attention, removing headdress and saluting, if appropriate to the position.

4.The flag may be ordered to be flown at half-staff during periods of mourning, when a formal order is given by the President or Governor. Flags at Federal facilities respond to the order of the President. Flags at state buildings respond to the order of the Governor, which may be extended to all state buildings at times.

When a formal order is given by the Governor to fly the flags at half-staff, the secretary from the Governor's office will contact state agencies who will forward the message on to appropriate state institutions. Usually, the message will be received by the Public Relations Office.

A Presidential order can supersede all others.

The head of a specific institution (the University President) may order flags at half-staff for special situations that involve the University community and designate a period of time for the flag to remain at half-staff. This may occur in conjunction with, or as part of a memorial service.

Reports of misuse, misrepresentation or mutilation of the US flag, state flag or a foreign flag may be investigated by the CSU Police Department to determine if a violation of applicable laws has occurred (C.R.S. § Title 40). Unless immediate action is required to quell or defeat a disturbance (and personal injury is a factor) and a violation of these laws appears to have occurred, complaints will be referred to the University's Office of General Counsel for review and recommendation prior to any police investigation, if the University is considered the "victim" or is substantially involved in the complaint or incident.

When the complaint or incident does not involve the University, the matter will be referred to the District Attorney's Office for review or disposition.

 

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