The following list includes style conventions used when writing about Kent State University and not covered in The Associated Press Stylebook.
capitalization of titles – University Style follows the composition titles entry in the AP Stylebook. 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 titles.
Carnegie Classification — use this copy: Kent State University holds the esteemed distinction of being one of only five institutions in Ohio to be recognized as a top-tier research university (R1) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
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.
College of Business —use Ambassador Crawford College of Business and Entrepreneurship; second reference: Ambassador Crawford College or the college.
Commencement — always capitalize when referring to the Kent State University event.
On May 13, 2017, Kent State University observed its 256th 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 by the complete title of the course. Always capitalize and DO NOT use quotation marks.
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
coursework — one word.
credit hours — use numerals; 3-credit-hour course; 3 credits are needed for graduation.
day care — two words, no hyphen, in all uses.
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.
Design Innovation (DI) Initiative — use this form on first reference; use DI on second reference. Note “Initiative” is not used on second reference.
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.
dual degree programs — use this form; no hyphen.