UNF Style Guide

Introduction 
 

University communications should reflect the University's mission to provide a quality education through the use of good grammar and a consistent writing style. This style guide - as well as UNF's Visual Identity Standards - is intended to help colleges and departments communicate more effectively and in a consistent manner with members of the community, potential and current students, and parents. A well-received publication, be it printed or electronic, reflects well on the University as a whole, so even those producing interdepartmental newsletters are encouraged to use the publication and visual identity style guides. The UNF Style Guide is a supplement to The Associated Press Stylebook and addresses frequently asked questions and campus-specific style, such as building names.

 

Those with specific questions not covered in the UNF Style Guide are encouraged to contact the Department of Marketing and Publications at (904) 620-2125.

 

Abbreviations
  • Academic degrees
  • Florida Board of Governors
  • Grade point average
  • Months
  • States
  • UNF Board of Trustees
  • UNF Colleges

  • Capitalization
  • Academic departments and offices
  • Alumni Association
  • Annual Fund
  • Board of Trustees
  • Campus buildings/facilities
  • Classes and courses
  • Coed, Co-op
  • Committees
  • Courtesy and professional titles
  • E-mail
  • Homecoming
  • Honors
  • Majors, programs
  • President's Office
  • Race
  • Regional designations
  • Seasons
  • State, federal
  • Student classifications
  • Time of day
  • UNF Foundation
  • University of North Florida
  • World Wide Web

  • Numerals
  • Days, months, years
  • Decades, centuries
  • First through ninth, etc.
  • Money
  • Numbers
  • Percentages
  • Telephone numbers

  • Plurals & Possessives
  • General guidelines
  • Plural possessives
  • Pluralizing compound words
  • Preferred plurals
  • Proper nouns

  • Punctuation Basics
  • Cities and states
  • Day and date
  • Introductory phrases
  • Jr., Sr., III
  • Parentheses
  • Punctuation with quotations
  • Semicolons and colons
  • Series
  • Spacing
  • Web sites

  • Composition Titles
  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Articles

  • Usage
  • A, an
  • Accreditation
  • Acronyms
  • Alumni
  • And
  • Between, among
  • Ensure, insure
  • Entitled, titled
  • Issues regarding disabilities
  • More, over
  • On campus, on-campus
  • Part-time, part-time, full-time, full time
  • Photo usage, captions
  • Sexist language
  • Student classification
  • Spelling and hyphenation
  • Toward, towards