The following list includes style conventions used when writing about Kent State University and not covered in The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law.
capitalization of titles – University Style follows the compositions titles entry in the AP Style Book. Capitalize principal words, including verbs, prepositions and conjunctions, of four or more letters. Capitalize an article – the, a, an – or words of fewer than four letters if it is the first or last word in a title. See treatment of italics
Carnegie Classification — use this copy: Kent State University is one of 76 public higher-research universities, as categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Cartwright Hall — formerly the Auditorium Building.
CASE — Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
catalog — the preferred spelling ends with -log, not -logue.
Centennial Research Park — use this form.
Center for the Performing Arts — use this form for the Kent Campus facility.
centers and institutes — see under names of.
chairperson or chair — use chairperson or chair in references to heads of Kent State departments and committees. Exceptions may occur when referring historically to individuals who chaired departments or committees in the past when the traditional forms, chairman or chairwoman, were used. When referring to individuals outside Kent State, use their preferred titles.
child care — two words in all cases.
Child Development Center — spell out in full and capitalize for the first reference; use center for subsequent references.
Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic — use this form.
cocurricular — no hyphen.
Commencement — always capitalize when referring to the Kent State University event.
On Aug. 20, 2016, Kent State University observed its 254th Commencement.
The custom of wearing robes at commencement exercises dates back to the 11th century.
Convocation — always capitalize when referring to the Kent State University event.
Each fall the Kent State University Convocation is held to welcome new freshmen and their guests.
A convocation is an assemblage or calling together.
course listings — list either by the format in the Schedule of Classes or the complete title of the course. Always capitalize and DO NOT use quotation marks.
ANTH 18210 or Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.
coursework — one word.
courtesy title — do not use before a name, unless part of a direct quote.
credit hours — use numerals; 3-credit-hour course; ART 52036, Medieval Art (3); 3 credits are needed for graduation.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park — use this form.
Davey Resource Group — use this form.
day care — two words when used as a noun; hyphenated when used as an adjective.
Deans Council — no apostrophe.
Dean’s List — always capitalize and use the apostrophe.
degree audit — use this form.
degree plan — use this form.
degrees — see academic degrees.
departments — see under names of.
Distinguished Teaching Award — see Kent State University Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advocate Program — use this form.
Divisions — see under names of.
Dogs on Campus Pet Therapy Program — use this form.
Dr. — do not use before a name, unless Dr. is used as part of a direct quote. The appropriate abbreviation of the academic degree held may be set off with commas following a name.
Beverly Warren, Ph.D., Ed.D., is Kent State University’s 12th president.
Allan M. Boike, D.P.M., FACFAS, is dean of Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine.
Draime Estate Gardens — use full name in all instances.
dual degree programs — use this form; no hyphen.