Governance, administration discuss unauthorized "Women of KU"
The unauthorized "Women of KU" calendar, on sale locally by
the World Company, has drawn the scrutiny of university governance and
the KU administration.
In a letter dated Dec. 5, SenEx Chair Ray Davis wrote to Executive Vice
Chancellor for University Relations Janet Murguia that some SenEx members
believe the calendar exploits female students and leaves the perception
that it has a connection to KU.
Murguia responded, expressing similar concerns, and said the university
is reviewing the issues the calendar raises and considering its options
for addressing them.
The university, she wrote in a letter Dec. 10, has no association with
the calendar and did not license it. She noted that several of the calendar's
photographs "were taken at recognizable locations on the KU campus
without our knowledge or consent. Some of these photographs also contain
registered KU trademarks."
The full text of the letters:
December 5, 2003
TO: Janet Murguia, Executive Vice Chancellor
FROM: Ray Davis, chair, Senate Executive Committee
RE: The "Women of KU" Calendar at www.kusports.com
At its meeting this week, SenEx members discussed a concern suggested
by Athletic Director Lew Perkins about the "Women of KU" Calendar.
There is a perception that the calendar, which some members believe is
exploitive of female students, purports to be affiliated with KU since
some of the photographs were taken in KU facilities and the models are
wearing clothing with the KU logo. It seems, however that the calendar
is a money-making project of the Lawrence Journal World and has no affiliation
Does the University require prior permission for the use of its facilities
and logo? Is yes, did the University grant permission for the "Women
of KU" calendar? Is it advertised for sale in KU publications? Is
the University connected in any way to this calendar? Does there appear
to be any action taken by Governance and the administration to clarify
what rules operate and under what circumstances?
Thank you for looking into this matter for SenEx.
cc: Lew Perkins, Athletic Director
December 10, 2003
Dr. Ray Davis, Chair
Senate Executive Committee
Dear Dr. Davis:
Thank you for your memo, on behalf of SenEx, concerning the World Company’s
“Women of KU” calendar and the status of KUsports.com. I share
your concerns in this matter.
The University of Kansas has no association with KUsports.com, the calendar,
or calendar-related merchandise. The university does not license the calendar
and receives no benefit from its sale.
Further, KU does not condone the sexually suggestive depiction of anyone
- male or female - for profit, especially when there is a perception of
university involvement. We are concerned that several photographs in the
calendar were taken at recognizable locations on the KU campus without
our knowledge or consent. Some of these photographs also contain registered
In answer to your specific questions:
• KU does request prior consultation when our facilities are used
for a commercial venture by an outside party. In this instance, the World
Company did not notify us so we had no opportunity to discuss our concerns
• Use of the Jayhawks logo and other registered KU symbols in commercial
ventures requires permission and a licensing/royalty agreement. The World
Company did not seek permission for use of any of the university’s
• Finally, the calendar is not advertised for sale in any KU-controlled
publication, nor has it been advertised in Kansas Alumni magazine. The
calendar is not sold by any bookstore affiliated with the university.
The university is reviewing the issues raised by both the calendar and
a calendar-related DVD product: “Rock Chalk Bikini Top: Five Years
of the Women of K.U. Calendar,” and is considering its options for
addressing these issues.
I hope this answers your questions and gives you and SenEx a better idea
of how the university intends to respond in this matter. I would be happy
to update you at some future time.
Executive Vice Chancellor
cc: Lew Perkins, Athletics Director