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Tuffy is the university mascot, and is primarily used as an informal representation of the university's sports teams, which all carry the team name "Titans."

"Titans" has long been associated with the imagery of an elephant. The official, formal depiction appears in the Titan shield.

When the real, 3-D Tuffy appears at games or other university events as the CSUF mascot, it is at the behest of Athletics.

In illustrated form, Tuffy images are created, managed and disseminated jointly by Strategic Communications and Athletics. Illustrations range from fun-loving Tuffy to a more driven, game-face Tuffy. 

Members of the campus community may not create and use their own versions of Tuffy, and official Tuffy artwork is the only authorized CSUF elephant imagery outside of the formal elephant iconography used in Athletics' Titan shield to represent the Titans team name.

Tuffy may only be used in informal applications when a fun graphic indicative of school spirit is appropriate.

There is only one Tuffy. Tuffy transcends gender; does not have a spouse, children or other family members; and is not associated with a herd. Tuffy is nonverbal. Tuffy's name may not be modified, including appending a prefix or suffix.

If custom Tuffy artwork is needed, contact Strategic Communications. Official Tuffy artwork may not be altered in any way. Use of older illustrations of Tuffy (pre-2016) should be discontinued.