Approved by: The President
History: Issued              -- October 15, 2007
Revised             --
Last Reviewed -- July 24, 2019
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Responsible Official: Associate Vice President for Emergency Management and Public Safety tel. (202) 319-6065

I. Introduction


This policy establishes guidelines for raising, lowering and displaying the official colors of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, and the Catholic Church. This policy complies with federal and district law, as well as recognized customs and practices.

The guidelines for raising, lowering and displaying the federal and state flags are specified in both the United States Code and the District of Columbia statutes. It is not the intent of this policy to duplicate the instructional content of those laws, but rather to provide additional specific rules regarding how the display of flags at half-staff is handled.

II. Policy


The President of the University, or designee, in accord with U.S. and District of Columbia laws, is the only party authorized to direct that flag(s) be raised and lowered to half-staff. All requests, both internally and externally, to have the flag(s) raised and lowered shall be directed to the Office of the President.

III. Responsibility For Flag Movement and Maintenance


At the direction of the President, raising, lowering, and displaying the flag(s) is the responsibility of the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety will also ensure that flags which are ripped, torn or otherwise unfit to serve as a symbol of the United States, the District of Columbia ,or the Catholic Church are properly removed from service and appropriately retired.