Sac State University Policy Manual

Flags, United States and California State

Policy Administrator: Vice President for University Affairs
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Effective Date: July 1, 1987
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Policy File Number: UMF04850.htm

UNITED STATES AND CALIFORNIA STATE FLAGS

It is customary to display the flag of the United States in the open from sunrise to sunset.  If properly illuminated, it may be displayed at night when it is desired to produce a patriotic effect.

The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, unless an all-weather flag is being displayed.

The flag of the United States and the Bear flag of the State of California should be displayed according to the Government Code, State of California, Chapter 3, Sections 430 - 439 inclusive.

When carried in a procession with another flag, or flags, the flag of the United States should be on the marching right; or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

When a number of flags of states or localities, or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs, the flag of the United States should be at the center and at the highest point of the group.

The flag of the United States should be at the peak when flags of states, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard.

When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height.  The flags should be of approximately equal size.  International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

When the flag of the United States is displayed over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north on an east and west street, or with the union to the east on a north and south street.

When used on a speaker's platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker, with the union in the upper left hand corner as the audience faces the flag.  When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the flag should be placed at the clergyman's or speaker's right as he faces the congregation or audience.  When the flag is displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium elsewhere than in the chancel or on the platform, it shall be placed at the right of the congregation or audience as they face the chancel or platform.

The flag of the United States may be cleaned in the manner best suited for the material of the flag.  Flags determined to be economically repairable are repaired by local commercial firms as
required.

When it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, the flag should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

The State of California Bear Flag shall be accorded all the above courtesies consistent with the prescribed conditions of display for the United States Flag.

References:  Public Law No. 829, Federal Flag Code, State of
California Government Code, Sections 430 - 439 Inclusive