Licensing Policy

Northeastern University requires vendors to obtain licenses for products featuring its name, logos, and other marks as a way to maintain the university's reputation as an institution of academic excellence and exceptional athletic performance.

This also guarantees that all products bearing Northeastern’s name are manufactured by socially and ethically responsible vendors that comply with fair labor standards, as defined by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Workers Rights Consortium (WRC). Northeastern University is a member of both of these institutions.

Northeastern University asserts ownership and all rights, titles, and interest in and to its indicia, including all trademarks, mascots, slogans, and any other identifying marks associated with or referring to the university.

Monitoring and licensing of Northeastern trademarks is handled in partnership with the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC).

Northeastern University prevents misrepresentation of its mission, goals, and reputation through careful monitoring of products carrying our marks. Every use of Northeastern registered marks and logos—by external and internal groups—must be approved.

Internal Policy

Northeastern University schools, colleges, departments, centers, institutes, registered student organizations, and other university organizations are exempt from paying royalties if the merchandise is for internal use and not for resale. However, these groups must still use licensed vendors.

Approved Vendors

To ensure quality, consistency, and the appropriateness of a product’s design, purchases must be made from licensed vendors, even when products are for internal use only. CLC maintains a searchable approved vendor list.

Contact Information

The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) handles access and approval for all Northeastern’s registered marks and logos.

If you have any further questions, please contact Vanessa Salas