Chapter 1501-4 Acceptance of Donations; Licensing of Trademarks and Copyrights

1501-4-01 Donations.

Donations are voluntary contributions to the agency.

The department of natural resources may accept donations of money, equipment, material and services that benefit the department. The department reserves the right to accept donations based on the compatibility and propriety of the donor with a project and the mission and goals of the department. Money, material and equipment must be accounted for in accordance with state policies and procedures.

Donations which will require annual funding for operations and maintenance, or staffing, or unfunded non-recurring costs, may only be accepted when approved in advance by the director.

Donations may be appropriately acknowledged, but will not be recognized by any special privilege associated with the areas, or through the naming of features after living persons. Exceptions to this paragraph require the prior written consent of the director.

No acknowledgement shall convey an endorsement of a particular donor or product. An endorsement is defined as the expression of a favorable opinion about the quality, value, or effectiveness of a particular product, service, company, or organization.

The department may reject donations from any entity whose activities are either intended or may be construed to influence the outcome of any election, department permitting, contracting, or other regulatory program.

Eff 5-4-00
Rule promulgated under: RC 119.03
Rule authorized by: RC 1501.02
Rule amplifies: RC 1501.02
RC 119.032 review date: 2/4/05

1501-4-02 Sponsorships.

Sponsorships are the solicited assistance of money, material, or service from individuals, associations or business entities to support department activities or department programs or projects.

The department of natural resources may solicit sponsorships of money, materials, or services for department programs or projects. The department reserves the right to select sponsors based on the compatibility and propriety of the sponsor with a project and with the mission and goals of the department. Money, material and equipment must be accounted for in accordance with state policies and procedures.

To recognize a sponsor for their contribution of money, products, or in kind services, the department may produce and display public acknowledgement of these sponsors. The department may also establish additional terms and conditions.

No acknowledgement shall convey an endorsement of a particular sponsor or product. An endorsement is defined as the expression of a favorable opinion about the quality, value, or effectiveness of a particular product, service, company or organization.

The department may reject sponsorships from any entity whose activities are either intended or may be construed to influence the outcome of any election, department permitting, contracting, or other regulatory program.

Eff 5-4-00
Rule promulgated under: RC 119.03
Rule authorized by: RC 1501.02
Rule amplifies: RC 1501.02
RC 119.032 review date: 2/4/05

1501-4-03 Advertising.

Advertising is the nonpersonal communication of information, paid for and usually persuasive in nature, about products, services, or viewpoints by identified sponsors through various media.

The department may accept advertising in communication media including but not limited to brochures, posters, maps, newspapers, periodicals, flyers, place mats, web pages, television segments, and video productions. The department reserves the right to select advertisers based on the compatibility and propriety of the advertiser with a medium and with the mission and goals of the department. Money, material and equipment must be accounted for in accordance with state policies and procedures.

The department will not accept advertising for illegal activities, tobacco products, alcoholic beverage products or advertising that contains or conveys a political message or portrays any unsafe or improper activity or one that is demeaning to any protected class, including but not limited to minorities, ethnic groups or women.

All publications carrying advertising will include a disclaimer of department approval or endorsement of advertised products or advertisers.

The department may reject advertising from any entity whose activities are either intended or may be construed to influence the outcome of any election, department permitting, contracting or other regulatory program.

Eff 5-4-00
Rule promulgated under: RC 119.03
Rule authorized by: RC 1501.02
Rule amplifies: RC 1501.02
RC 119.032 review date: 2/4/05

1501-4-04 Licensing.

The department of natural resources may trademark, servicemark, or copyright emblems and other symbols and license the use thereof by persons, associations or business entities. The department may establish terms and conditions for use of department emblems or symbols that are trademarked, servicemarked, or copyrighted. The department reserves the right to select licensees based on the compatibility and propriety of the licensee with a project and with the mission and goals of the department. Money, material and equipment must be accounted for in accordance with state policies and procedures.

The department may reject licensing arrangements from any entity whose activities are either intended or may be construed to influence the outcome of any election, department permitting, contracting, or other regulatory program.

Eff 5-4-00
Rule promulgated under: RC 119.03
Rule authorized by: RC 1501.02
Rule amplifies: RC 1501.02
RC 119.032 review date: 2/4/05