Guidelines for Faculty and Staff

In teaching, research, and other academic activities of the Institute, the name and marks of Rensselaer may be used, subject to the normal review processes established within schools, departments, centers, and programs. This is not intended to limit use of the Rensselaer name for legitimate purposes that fall within the normal scope of Institute activities. When a faculty or staff member is involved in activities not directly associated with Rensselaer, however, (e.g., independent consulting, other business activities, publications, etc.), use of Rensselaer’s name and marks is limited to identification of the individual by his or her affiliation (e.g., Jane Doe, Professor of Biochemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). Faculty and staff should take care to identify their opinions as not reflecting those of the Institute. The Rensselaer name and marks may not be used for purposes other than in direct relation to teaching, learning, and research at Rensselaer without written approval from the designated office described above under “Approval for Use.” Faculty members and others engaged in activities involving business relationships with third parties may contact the Office of the General Counsel for information and assistance on name use issues. For questions concerning courseware and related materials, contact the Office of the General Counsel.

Examples of permissible use include:

  • “John Smith, Professor of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,” on a book jacket
  • “Rensselaer Conference on Nanotechnology,” when approved by the cognizant Dean or Department Chair and operated as an Institute special event.

Examples requiring written approval and/or a license from the Institute:

  • Use of a Rensselaer name or mark on any product that will be sold commercially, such as Rensselaer sweatshirts.
  • Use of a Rensselaer name or mark in the title of a book, such as “The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Guide to Lighting Design.”
  • Use of the Rensselaer name in a course that will be marketed or otherwise used outside the Institute, either by an Institute official or by a third party, such as “The Rensselaer Executive MBA Seminar Series.”
  • Use of a Rensselaer name or mark as part of the name of any outside business or other activity, such as “RPI Research Associates, Inc.”