abbreviations and acronymsSpell out each word in the acronym in the first reference. In subsequent references, refer to the abbreviation/acronym. Alternatively, you can refer to the center, the committee, the program, etc.
academic degreesAlways use an apostrophe in bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.
When listing more than one department in a series, don’t capitalize. Similarly, for a series of dignitaries with the same title, do not capitalize:
• The departments of English, civilization sequence, and mathematics…
• Those attending the event included ministers Salim Sayegh, Mohammed Khalifeh, and Ziad Baroud.
Per the The Chicago Manual of Style, which we follow: “When referring to the official name of a department, use caps; when referring to a department more generally or with a phrase that varies from its official title, lowercase: Charlene is now the Sophonisba Breckinridge Professor of Demographic Studies in the University of Des Moines Department of Sociology. She has wanted to work in that sociology department since she was eight years old.”
Per University of Michigan style guide: “Standard style guides, including The Associated Press Stylebook and The Chicago Manual of Style, require lowercase letters in running text for such things as job descriptions and unofficial department names. Capitalize official department names in running text. Lowercase shortened or unofficial names. Refer to the individual department, office, or unit for its official name: Faculty members from the geography, anthropology, and ethnic studies departments are cooperating on this project.”
When using a general term for a group of departments, do not capitalize:
• The humanities departments or the basic sciences departments…
For complex titles, such as former minister or ex-MP or the late minister or then-prime minister, only capitalize the original title itself and consider all else as qualifiers. When in doubt, replace former with another adjective, such as beautiful or corrupt… If this still sounds right, then do not capitalize that part of the title:
• The speech was given by former Minister Talal Arslan.
• The donation was given by former Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.
The college one attended (lowercase)
The song (uppercase, in quotes)
In terms of alphabetizing, consider the El and Al, the Abu/Abou, etc., as part of the family name. So El Hajj is a family name that starts with "e."
The reference to a building should be listed first by the full official name and can be followed by the common name, i.e. Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, Olayan School of Business or Rafic Hariri School of Nursing, Hariri School of Nursing. (However, that does not in any way change the official name of the department or building. In the official publications, the official name of the department or building should be used.)
Use chairman, chairwoman, vice chairman, vice chairwomen
Refer to the AUB catalogue, the University’s corporate bylaws, and the separate list of names if you are not sure of the correct name or spelling of a particular committee, department, building, place, or person.Disabled, handicapped, impairedcheck guidelines on this link: http://www.apastyle.org/disabilities.html Doctor All doctors, including PhD holders—medical or otherwise, should be addressed using the “Dr.” salutationdrop out (v.)
Professor Emeritus: “Professor Emeritus Salibi . . .” “He is a professor emeritus of . . .” CMS: 8.31 academic titles: the professor emeritus (masc.), the professor emerita (fem.), professors emeriti (masc. or masc. and fem.), professors emeritae (fem.); Professor Emerita Neugarten (Note that emeritus and emerita are honorary designations and do not simply mean retired).
Expected graduatesSimilar to what is used in the Class Notes section of MainGate.
• Kadim Al Saher (BA, expected ’16)• George Wassouf (BS, expected ’17)• Nancy Ajram (MS, expected ’16)• Amr Diab (PhD, expected ’18)
HPrime Minister Rafic B. Hariri
Health care- as a nounHealth-care- as an adjectiveHealthcare- only if used in official names, etc.
Hon. DHL for Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Hon. MA for Honorary Master of ArtsCharles W. Hostler Student Center
spellingRefer to the Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary for all spellings, including geographical and biographical names.
Capitalize when used as a title before a person's name.
Do not use two titles.
Executive Vice President for Medicine and Global Strategy Mohamed Sayegh or Dr. Mohamed Sayegh, but never Executive Vice President for Medicine and Global Strategy Dr. Mohamed Sayegh.