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An article on NYU at states that the particular shade of violet has been registered with the Color Association of the United States as Mayfair Violet, No.17575. This leads me to speculate that if the university has taken the trouble to register the particular shade of violet used on the flag, then that particular flag should be regarded as the official flag of New York University.
Ron Lahav, 22 January 2006

It is very unusual for an official flag in the United States to be in vertical format as this one is. Secondly, the fact that the color is called "Mayfair violet" and not "NYU violet" or something similar implies that it wasn't specifically "registered" by NYU but that NYU officially designated the color Mayfair violet as its official color. Thirdly, even if NYU did register this color, it may have had reasons to do so having nothing to do with flags. The most important need of an American university for an officially specified shade of color(s) is for the lining of the hoods on academic gowns.
Joe McMillan, 22 January 2006

There *is* an NYU flag, however, which is simply the same design in a horizontal format (white torch and letters on violet). It flies in front of the Princeton Club further uptown.
Nathan Lamm, 22 January 2006

The NYU website at says "In 1964, however, the University Senate decided that the official standard for University use would be a particular bluish shade of violet, registered with the Color Association of the United States as 'Mayfair Violet, 17575.' The Senate also decided at that time that the academic robes for the University would be produced in Mayfair Violet." That sounds to me as if the CAUS already had a color called Mayfair violet 17575, and NYU decided to use it. It also tells me, since the senate simultaneously decided to use that color for academic robes, that perhaps academic garb is in fact the most important single reason for specifying a university's colors after all.
Joe McMillan, 22 January 2006

The official NYU website refers to the flag at the Princeton Club as "the NYU flag." See
Ned Smith, 22 January 2006