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Disclaimers

Updated: 11/2/16

  • Cost and Nondiscrimination Statements

    By state law and regents’ policy, all university publications - when purchased from university budget accounts - must include a statement of printing authorization and costs and OSU’s nondiscrimination policy.

      • "University publications" are printed items that bear the university name and are produced for audiences outside the university. They do not include business cards, announcements, letters, memoranda, invitations or other personally signed communications.
      • The cost and nondiscrimination policies can be placed anywhere on the document.
      • These statements can be in very small font (as small as 4-point, but 6-point or larger is preferred.)
      • If you aren't paying a vendor for printing, use your best judgment when disclosing cost.
      • In Agricultural Communications Services, we follow the statement with the initials of the designer.

       

      Download disclaimer/cost statement text - Updated 11/2/16

  • Brand Disclaimer

    If you mention particular brands such as John Deere, Kleenex, etc., you must put this statement somewhere on the publication.

      "The information given herein is for educational purposes only. Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the Cooperative Extension Service is implied."

  • Pesticide Disclaimer

    If you mention pesticides, you must put this statement somewhere on the publication.

      "The pesticide information presented in this publication was current with federal and state regulations at the time of printing.  The user is responsible for determining that the intended use is consistent with the label of the product being used.  Use pesticides safely.  Read and follow label directions.  The information given herein is for educational purposes only.  Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the Cooperative Extension Service is implied."

  • Acknowledgment of USDA Support by NIFA

    When acknowledging USDA support in accordance with 2 CFR Part 415, grantees must use the following acknowledgment for all projects or initiatives supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

      "This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number XXX-XXXXX-XXXXX."

      In addition, all publications and other materials, except scientific articles or papers published in scientific journals, must contain the following statement:

      "Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture."

      Note about press announcements and media interviews for NIFA projects

      Recommended awards should not be announced in any manner by a grantee until approval is obtained by NIFA’s communication office. This applies to press releases, newsletters, and press interviews, web or social media postings. In many cases, the Secretary of Agriculture may want to personally announce the award. NIFA grant awardees are requested to coordinate all public announcements with NIFA’s Communication Staff at CommunicationsStaff@nifa.usda.gov. Simultaneous announcement by NIFA and the grantee are preferred. The awardee is responsible for acknowledging NIFA support during news media interviews that discuss work supported by NIFA.

For clarification about Legal Disclosures, refer to the DASNR Style Guide