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As important as our words are for telling our stories, it is critical that we get them right.

The purpose of these standards is to advise writers and editors on good editorial judgment and decision-making and to ensure consistency in our words across university communications. They’re not intended to apply to academic writing, where many areas have a discipline-specific style—for example, American Psychological Association or Council of Science Editors.

As issues arise in your copy editing, check here first for university-approved styling, including information about how to refer to the institution. If the issue isn’t covered here, consult the following guides based on the type of communication.


For university publications and websites, refer to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. This manual includes a section on bias-free writing, which can help writers and editors craft communications that are inclusive of all audiences.


Chicago’s preferred dictionary is the current edition of Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (available by subscription) or its abridged edition Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (free online).

Associated Press

For news releases, media advisories, and other communications sent directly to news media professionals, refer to the most recent edition of the Associated Press Stylebook.