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Vexilla Resources and Guidelines

Campus units are asked to hold off, if possible, on the creation of new vexilla with the Block I until new templates are released. If new vexilla is absolutely necessary, you may use the existing vexilla templates with the Column I.

This page contains information about vexilla, the banners that appear on light poles across campus, a PDF of the Vexilla Resources & Guidelines downloadable InDesign templates and Frequently Asked Questions.

Policy, Request Form, and Map of Light Poles

The Facilities & Services Planning Division approves vexilla for use according to policy posted in the Campus Administrative Manual.

Graphic Standards and Unit Naming Conventions

To meet the graphic standards, vexilla must use one of the InDesign templates presented below and follow the campus unit naming conventions as described in the Vexilla Resources & Guidelines PDF.

InDesign Templates

There are two different InDesign templates (blue and orange) for each of the three sizes used for vexilla. There also are InDesign templates for all footer information.

Download the Templates


18w”x 36”h—Pedestrian light poles 16’ and up to 23’ tall.

Orange InDesign template | Blue InDesign template


30w”x 60”h—Intermediate street light poles—greater than 23’ and up to 30’ tall.

Orange InDesign template | Blue InDesign Template


22w” x 72”h—Tall street light poles—30’ tall and over.

Orange InDesign template | Blue InDesign template


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do the front and back of the banner need to be the same design?
A. No. Each side of the banner can have a different design in the flexible space area.

Q. How do I edit the name of the unit in the template?
A. Facilities & Services will enter the unit name in the template once they receive artwork. Units do not need to enter their name; only provide artwork for the flexible space.

Q. Is there a recurring space rental fee for banner signs displayed on light poles?
A. No. Once brackets are purchased for a street pole, that pole pretty much becomes that department’s or college’s area unless someone else requests it.

Q. What is the maximum amount of time I can request a sign stay on display? (especially for non-event, wayfaring signs)
A. Three years. The banner material can maintain its integrity only this long due to exposure to the elements.

Q. What fees do I need to consider in creating a cost estimate for my dean/director?
A. Please proceed to the Vexilla Resources and Guidelines PDF or contact Facilities & Services directly (244-2618) for additional information.

Q. How can I create a mock-up with our unit information to share with our dean/director/team?
A. Please contact Facilities & Services directly (244-2618) for a sample template that you can use to create mock-up banners for approval.

Q. There are trees around the light pole where we would like to hang signs. Can the trees be trimmed to improve sightlines? If so, what is the process? Is there an additionial charge for this service?
A. Maybe. Please contact Facilities & Services directly (244-2618) and they will meet with the grounds management team to see whether trimming is appropriate. If they determine it is, there will be a cost associated with trimming.

Q. There are signs from another unit already on the poles around my building. Does that mean I cannot hang signage? How can I find out when and if the poles will become available for our use?
A. Contact Facilities & Services directly (244-2618). They will meet with the relevant department/college to request placement for you.