This style guide has been developed as a reference source for CU-Boulder faculty and staff, especially those who write documents for an external or formal audience. Such documents include print and electronic materials designed to promote CU-Boulder, its departments, and its programs; materials providing information about or accountability for CU-Boulder and its activities; and major internal documents.
Our goal is to present a consistent and high-quality standard of writing that appropriately reflects CU-Boulder’s standard of excellence. We also address university-related style issues (such as when to capitalize professional titles, the official names of the university campuses, etc.). We strongly encourage university faculty and staff to become familiar with these guidelines and to use them whenever possible.
This guide is not intended to replace other writing style guides used for specific purposes or publications. Nor is it intended for use by students or faculty writing academic papers. See Reference Sources for a discussion about how to choose a style guide.
This guide is not intended to be comprehensive; that is, we have not included field-specific style issues, such as how to present mathematical equations in print. Specialists within departments are better authorities on such matters. We also have omitted lengthy and detailed explanations of most grammatical rules; instead, we have included a list of additional reference sources that users of this guide may consult for more information.
Direct questions or comments about this style guide to style guide editor Vicki Czech at email@example.com.