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Description of the flag

From University of Missouri web1.umkc.edu/umkc/catalog/html/intro/9999.html:

"The flag of the University of Missouri was adopted in 1968. It is divided diagonally; the top half (upper right) is old gold and the bottom (lower left) is royal blue. The official seal of the University of Missouri is located in the center of the flag.

The following is a description of the official University of Missouri seal, which was adopted on March 31, 1903: Gules, the white or grizzly bear of Missouri, passant guardant proper, on a chief engrailed azure, a crescent argent; impaling argent, the arms of the United States of America; on a chief parted per bend or and sable an open book proper with words 'Salus Populi,' all within a band inscribed 'Sigill Universitatis Missourien MDCCCXXXIX.'

Gules-Red to denote courage, represented on printed shields by straight perpendicular lines closely drawn together. The white grizzly bear of Missouri, passant guardant proper- The bear appears to be walking leisurely with its face turned toward the spectator. It is represented in its natural color. On a chief engrailed azure, crescent argent - On the upper one-third of the shield, separated from the lower two-thirds by a curved division line on a sky-blue background, appears a new moon in white.

Impaling argent, the arms of the United States of America - On a white background appear the arms of the United States of America.

On a chief parted per bend or and sable an open book proper with the words 'Salus Populi' - On the upper third of the shield, which is itself divided from the upper third of the right side to the lower corner of the left side, and which may have horizontal and vertical lines crossing each other, appears an open book in the original color with the words 'Salus Populi.'

The motto 'Salus Populi' means 'the welfare of the people.' "
[note that in the illustration the crescent appears as or, not argent, and the chief parted per bend is gules and azure, not or and argent, and I don't see any engrailing, but perhaps that detail is too small for me to spot, and the book could only be blazoned as "proper" if it had golden leaves ;-)]

"The University of Missouri is a single university with four campuses located at Kansas City, Columbia, Rolla and St. Louis. "

Ned Smith, 25 November 2005