Produced by University Communications and Marketing, the Guide to Style is one of many resources available to assist you in preparing electronic and printed communications that accurately and consistently achieve their intended purpose while reflecting the excellence of Kent State University. Written communications include all forms of advertising materials, booklets, brochures, fliers, invitations, newsletters, programs, save-the-date postcards and web pages, among others. You may obtain a guide by calling 330-672-2727 or by posting a request by email to Consulting the Guide to Style and the other resources listed below will enable you to produce effective, accurate and consistent copy for university communications.

Editorial style at Kent State University closely follows the Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law, 2016 edition, and Webster’s New World College Dictionary, fifth edition, for all communications. In some instances, the AP Stylebook is superseded by university style for matters pertinent to Kent State University. University style items are presented alphabetically in this guide.

Correspondence by offices and departments need not follow the AP Stylebook. Rather, a reference guide such as the Gregg Reference Manual, 13th edition, by William A. Sabin may be more appropriate for styling correspondence. Nevertheless, the Guide to Style contains helpful information in regards to university style, and you may wish to consult it when composing correspondence.

If you have a style question that is not addressed in the university style section, then consult the AP Stylebook. If you still are unsure or unable to find an answer, we invite you to call University Communications and Marketing at 330-672-2727 and ask to speak with an editor or post your question by email to If you have a style point that you believe should be addressed in the university style section, please call us; we appreciate your interest and welcome your comments.