A shield-shaped device with a horizontal white scroll attached above the shield, all edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) maroon border, the overall diameter 3 7/8 inches (9.84 cm) in height and 2 7/8 inches (7.30 cm) in width. On the maroon shield, a white diagonal band extending from the viewer's upper left to lower right surmounted by the head and upper body of a ram affronté, yellow detailed maroon, the horns of the ram extending above the diagonal band in the viewer's upper right and below the diagonal band in the viewer's lower left. On the horizontal scroll, the inscription "FORDHAM" in maroon letters 5/16 inches (.79 cm) in height.
Maroon and white are the University's colors. The ram is the school's mascot.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally authorized 9 April 1981. It was amended 5 January 1993 to add subdued colors and metric, measurements to the description of the design. (TIOH Drawing Number A-10S-73)