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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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the Thai pavilion given to Madison by WAA’s Thailand alumni chapter; located in Madison’s Olbrich Gardens; italicize it on first reference but not subsequent references; lowercase it always
Use a comma, not a colon, following salutations.
  • College of Agricultural & Life Sciences; the college; CALS
  • Wisconsin School of Business; UW–Madison’s business school; the school
  • School of Education; the school
  • College of Engineering; the college
  • Graduate School
  • School of Human Ecology; the school; SOHE
  • College of Letters & Science; the college; L&S
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication; the school
  • School of Library and Information Studies; the school
  • Mead Witter School of Music
  • Robert M Lafollette School of Public Affairs
  • School of Social Work; the school
  • School of Medicine and Public Health; the school
  • School of Pharmacy; the school
  • School of Veterinary Medicine; the school
  • University of Wisconsin Law School; UW Law School; the school
Use numerals and an en dash between the numerals of sports scores; see CMS 6.78
lowercase: summer session, fall semester, fall 2017, winter break, spring break
lowercase: fall semester, spring semester; UW–Madison is on the semester system, so refer to a semester rather than a term
see biannual, biennial, semiannual
semimonthly, semiweekly
see bimonthly, biweekly, semimonthly, semiweekly
see CMS 8.61
see CMS 8.21
send-off (noun and adjective), send off (verb)
senior class gift
lower case
Senior Toast
initial caps
sexist language
see nonsexist language
used in roman text, with brackets, following an incorrectly used word or phrase to indicate that it’s a mistake made by the person who’s quoted, not by the writer; frequently written as '[sic]'
use sleeved vs. sleeve with adjectives: long-sleeved T-shirt
spacing after end punctuation
one space, not two
speakers bureau
no apostrophe; it is not possessive
Special student
capitalize Special
spirit squad
lowercase unless it’s the UW Spirit Squad; see also UW Spirit Squad
sports scores
see scores
spouse, wife, husband
all are acceptable
spring semester
see Jr., Sr., III
Student Campaign
like Annual Campaign, initial-cap this reference to the overall Student Campaign
student classifications
lowercase freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior when referring to an individual student or to the class as a whole (She is a senior history major; The senior class sponsored the lecture)
with a hyphen
see headlines, subheads
summer session
System Board of Regents, UW
see UW System Board of Regents
System campuses
use an en dash; uppercase System with UW System institutions, which comprise UW Colleges Online, two-year campuses, and four-year campuses: UW–Baraboo/Sauk County, UW–Barron County, UW–Eau Claire, UW–Fond du Lac, UW–Fox Valley, UW–Green Bay, UW–La Crosse, UW–Madison, UW–Manitowoc, UW–Marathon County, UW–Marinette, UW–Marshfield/Wood County, UW–Milwaukee, UW–Oshkosh, UW–Parkside, UW–Platteville, UW–Richland, UW–River Falls, UW–Rock County, UW–Sheboygan, UW–Stevens Point, UW–Stout, UW–Superior, UW–Washington County, UW–Waukesha, UW–Whitewater; see also CMS 6.80