The Office of University Planning and Coordination imposed a stricter regulation on the use of the name Ewha and the school emblem by student groups.
Starting March 9, only student groups with official administrative ties to the university, such as the student government organization of each college, will be allowed free use of the name and emblem. Other groups must request approval and pay the Office of University Planning and Coordination.
“The price and time for approval will differ case by case so it is hard to set up a normal price line or waiting time,” said Kim Young-shim, the head of the Office of University Planning and Coordination.
Ewha registered the names, Ewha Womans University and Ewha both Korean and English, and its emblem, with the Korean Intellectual Property Office on February 28. The name Ewha has received legal protection and was acknowledged as intellectual property by the Korean court system in 2005.
The school plans to take legal action against those who use the name or emblem without permission.
“Students who violate the regulation will be punished under the student guidance procedure, which is regulated by the college guidance committee,” said Kim.
Stricter regulation of the emblem started in 2004 when the university sued ELC Korea, a language institute that had advertised using the name Ewha without permission.
The Office of University Planning and Coordination raised the issue of stricter restrictions in October 2009 against the Student Rights Center, an unregistered student organization and also the former Ewha Welfare Rights Committee, for using the emblem on the U-card, a membership card which gives students access to discounts or other advantages from commercial facilities. The office sent an official notice asking them to withdraw use of emblem and discard the card.
As the Student Government Association (SGA) has taken over the U-card system, its vice president, Shin You-jin (Sculpture, 3), will be in charge of responding to the request.
“The issue of the U-card will be dealt with by the SGA. As the SGA is an official student organization, the restriction will be removed,” said Shin.
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