Style Guide -- General Points
UC Style Guide
General Points of Style
- That was in the 1930s.
- She was born in the '80s.
- John C. Gazak Jr. is an adjunct professor of mathematics.
In the case of an alumnus, use the following convention:
- Frank Jones Jr. '02 is planning a reunion.
- Horace Wallinger Jr. '84, M.D. runs a clinic in Denver.
Always include the area code, set in parentheses:
- (315) 792-3047
When providing campus extension numbers in conjunction with the Rome telephone line, use this convention:
- (315) 339-3880, ext. 3047
The College uses the U. S. Postal Service's ZIP + 4 program. In practice, the only ZIP + 4 code most people in the UC community are likely to use is the one in the College's mailing address:
1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, NY 13502-4892
The following optional spellings have been adopted as part of UC's style:
adviser (not advisor)
aesthetics (not esthetics)
catalog (not catalogue)
coordinate (not co-ordinate)
coeducational (not co-educational)
cooperative (not co-operative)
percent (not per cent)
theatre (not theater)
- full-length plays
Place quotation marks around:
- one-act plays
- television programs
- series of books
- Use a colon and two zeros when designating the top of the hour: 8:00 a.m.; not 8 a.m.
- Morning and afternooon are designated by lower case initials: a.m. and p.m.
- Do not employ redundant language such as "8:00 p.m. this evening" or "8:00 o'clock".
When referring to a month in a specific year, do not use a comma:
- She graduated in May 2005.
- Sheila has 10 dogs, six cats, and 97 hamsters.
- $6 (not $6.00)
- Frances Jones becomes Jones
- Professor John H. Johnsen becomes Professor Johnsen
- Emily J. Franklin, M.D. becomes Dr. Franklin
- He currently is a UC student (not: He is currently a UC student)
- Ernst & Young
Depending upon the context, faculty may be treated as a collective singular or a plural. When referring to the group as a whole, use the collective singular:
- The biology faculty has grown in number.
- Teaching is the faculty's first priority.
However, when drawing attention to individual members of the group, treat faculty as a plural:
- The faculty were discussing the issue amongst themselves.
Use "faculty member" when referring to an individual.
- Many Americans do not have adequate health care coverage.
- She is a doctor at Onedia Healthcare Center.