Licensing Information

Partner institutions use CORE81 as a licensing portal for reviewing, managing, and approving licensing requests.


Each CORE81 partner institution utilizes its own decision-making process to determine how to grant licenses. Click the icons below to learn more about requirements of the CORE81 licensing process. If you would like more information or have additional questions, please contact Thank you for your interest in collegiate licensing.

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Application Process

Licensing Considerations

Insurance Requirements


Each institution utilizes its own decision-making process to determine how to grant licenses based on the information provided by the applicant.

Successful applicants typically demonstrate a proven track record in the following criteria:

  • A commitment and ability to invest in the collegiate segment of the market
  • Investments in retail, consumer, digital media or print media marketing efforts
  • Ability to track and manage approval and royalty reporting processes.
  • Commitment to responsible sourcing and production of products throughout the supply chain



As a part of the CORE81 licensing process, CLC requires a $100 application fee that covers the up-front processing and review of each application. The non-refundable application fee must be submitted with an application.

Note: Additional institution-specific fees may apply.


To ensure authentication of licensed merchandise in the marketplace, all retail licensees will also be required to order “Officially Licensed Collegiate Products” (OLCP) hologram labels and affix them to all licensed items. CLC will provide CORE81 licensees with specific guidelines for use of the hologram labels and instructions for purchasing them if the licensing application is approved by the collegiate institution(s).

Corporate Responsibility

CLC, in its management of CORE81, is committed to supporting the efforts of our partner institutions and licensees to source goods and manufacture collegiate licensed merchandise in an ethical fashion with an emphasis on the workers and communities involved.

Corporate Responsibility (CR) represents a set of standards that universities require of their licensees to respect workplace rights and conditions at both a licensee’s own operations and throughout those of their supply chains. As a licensee, your company is responsible for the action or in-action of all manufacturers and suppliers throughout its supply chain, including third-party vendor/suppliers or authorized manufacturers.

A company’s current and ongoing commitment to and execution of CR standards throughout its supply chain is considered by many universities to be an essential part of the licensing approval and renewal process. If approved for a license, your company will be required to demonstrate its commitment and capacities for ensuring that your products are manufactured under safe, healthy, and fair conditions wherever these operations occur, as is outlined in the CORE81 License Agreement.

As part of your agreement, you will be required to disclose your supply chain (manufacturers, finishers, materials providers, etc., including locations and other company information) and maintain those disclosures to ensure supply chain transparency.

Additionally, your company may be required to sign and commit to implementing university-specific Labor Codes of Conduct based on the individual institution or supply additional CR-related information as a basis of licensure or renewal. Many institutions also require licensees to affiliate or align with third-party, nonprofit labor rights organizations or global agreements, including but not limited to, the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, the Fair Labor Association, and the Worker Rights Consortium.


All CORE81 by CLC licensees are required to obtain general insurance in a minimum of $2 million in the aggregate and $1 million per occurrence, including product liability and other coverage. Insurance is required to help protect the licensee, the institutions, and CLC in the case of any claims of damages or defects related to the collegiate licensed merchandise, as well as other liability claims. All licensees, regardless of products or potential risk, are required to obtain this insurance, and some licensees with higher risk products may be required to obtain additional coverage beyond the minimum level. CLC will notify you if this is the case, but examples of products considered higher risk include, but are not limited to, consumables, items that require UL approval, health and beauty items, athletic equipment, infant non-apparel products, infant/toddler and youth sleepwear, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and flammable items such as candles or lighters.

New applicants are advised not to purchase new insurance policies until notified by CLC that your product and/or application has been approved. This information is provided early in the process for your planning purposes. However, CLC strongly encourages you to download the agent guidelines and sample policy below for your insurance provider so that they can understand the requirements and provide you with an accurate quote for your needs.

Once approved, you will be required to provide CLC with a copy of the appropriate insurance certificate and additional insured endorsement as outlined in the attached materials via upload within 30 days of the agreement being executed.

If you are currently not insured, we recommend that you research insurance providers within your state by searching for an insurance agent in your neighborhood. It is important that you select a provider that is licensed in your state, as insurance laws vary widely from state to state.

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