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Stony Brook University (U.S.)

New York

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I think that there is a flag used by the State University of New York at Stony Brook, informally Stony Brook University. I base this on the flag's continuous usage for at least four years- probably longer- at its main entrance, in front of its administration building, and at the entrance to its main academic mall. I have confirmed this from personal observation over the last four years, up to earlier this week. Also, regulations of the State University of New York system allow for each component, such as SUNY Stony Brook, to have its own unique flag, and the flag may be flown at the SUNY headquarters in Albany, NY, the state capital. As one of the links below will state, this particular Stony Brook flag does represent the University at the Albany headquarters.

Photos of the flag can be seen at,, [this site states "This is on display along with many of the other flags you will see here in downtown Albany at the SUNY building."]

Background information on Stony Brook University:
located in Stony Brook, Suffolk County, New York, with branches in Southampton, Suffolk County, and the borough of Manhattan, New York City; established 1957; enrollment 23.354 (15,525 undergraduate, 7,829 graduate); faculty of more than 1,900. ( ). Further information at and

The flag itself is the same as the university's logo - A field of white; bearing the words STONY above BROOK (both in bold upper case) above STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (in a smaller font size and less bold) [note the logo as shown at Wikipedia and on many of the SUNY-SB webpages only has UNIVERSITY on the bottom line, but on the SUNY-SB webpage with official depictions of the logo the whole phrase is included]. Colored disks replace the 3 O's in STONY BROOK. The first is red and has 5 narrow white rays diverging from approx. the 11 o'clock position on the disk and intersecting the disk's edge between approx. the 4 o'clock and 6 o'clock positions. Two small white stars flank the rays. The second disk is green and has 3 white ray segments crossing the right hand side (assuming a left hoist perspective) at an orientation slightly out of vertical; two small white stars are on the left side of the disk. The third disk is blue and has two white ray segments on the left side, at an inclination a little less vertical than those on the second disk. Three small white stars are to the right of the ray segments.

These colors are specified for the logo:
Color Pantone (PMS) RGB
Equivalent CMYK
Equivalent Web-safe Hex equivalent
Red 187 167, 38, 47 0, 91, 72, 24 #990000
Blue 294 0, 76, 132 100, 56, 0, 18 #003399
Green 341 0, 96, 68 94, 28, 80, 22 #006633 and official depictions are at

According to the above-linked Wikipedia article the logo was designed by Milton Glaser.

Ned Smith, 5 April 2008

Here is a possible flag of Stony Brook University, the third one on the right: photo 1
Another possible Stony Brook flag, third one on the right: photo 2
A vertical sports banner of Stony Brook: photo 3
Paul Bassinson, 14 April 2016

Display of the Flag

From the State University of New York website
Document Number:5600 Display of the Flag
Effective Date: November 11, 1984

This procedure item applies to: State-Operated Campuses

The University permits on its property display of only the following flags:

U.S. Flag;
New York State Flag;
United Nations Flag;
Red Cross Flag; and
Unique campus flag or banner.

Ned Smith, 7 April 2008


[Seal of Stony Brook University] image located by Paul Bassinson, 20 December 2016