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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Browse the editorial styleguide A–Z

Saint
for place names with Saint, Fort, Mount, and the like, write out the words except where space is at a premium: Fort Myers, Mount Airy; see CMS 10.30
sala
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
salutations
use a comma, not a colon, following salutations.
schools/colleges
  • College of Agricultural and 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
  • The International Division, the division
  • The Informational School; iSchool UW-Madison; the iSchool (formerly School of Library and Information Studies)
  • Robert M LaFollette School of Public Affairs
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication; the school
  • University of Wisconsin Law School; UW Law School (not the UW Law School); the school
  • College of Letters & Science; the college; L&S
  • Mead Witter School of Music; the music school; the school
  • School of Medicine and Public Health; the school
  • School of Nursing; the nursing school; the school; SoN
  • School of Pharmacy; the pharmacy school; the school
  • School of Social Work; the school
  • School of Veterinary Medicine; the school
scores
use numerals and an en dash between the numerals of sports scores; see CMS 6.78
seasons
lowercase: summer session, fall semester, fall 2017, winter break, spring break
semester
lowercase: fall semester, spring semester; UW–Madison is on the semester system, so refer to a semester rather than a term
semiannual
see biannual, biennial, semiannual
semimonthly, semiweekly
see bimonthly, biweekly, semimonthly, semiweekly
Senate
see CMS 8.62
senator
see CMS 8.22
send-off (noun and adjective), send off (verb)
senior class gift
lower case
Senior Toast
initial caps
sexist language
see nonsexist language
sleeved
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
lowercase; spring semester; spring 2018
Sr.
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
student-athlete
with a hyphen
subheads
see headlines, subheads
summer
lowercase
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 6.81