California State University, Fullerton

Editorial Style

House Style Word List

This list contains words within CSUF house style, including guidance on spelling, capitalization, hyphenation, compounds, and some definitions. When specific guidance is not offered, the campus community should refer to the most recent edition of the Associated Press Stylebook. If neither these standards nor the AP Stylebook offer the needed guidance, writers should consult Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged.

  • accessible
  • accommodate
  • acknowledgeable
  • acknowledgment
  • admissible
  • adviser
  • affect (verb): to influence
  • biannual: twice a year
  • biennial: every two years
  • bilingual
  • bimonthly: every other month
  • biweekly: every two weeks
  • campuswide
  • cancel
  • canceled
  • cancellation
  • class names: should appear in quotes, i.e., “History of Television”
  • co-ed
  • coeducational
  • commencement: lowercase, except when used in a formal event title, as in Commencement 2012
  • compatible
  • complement: implies something which completes
  • compliment: flattery or praise
  • comprised of: don’t use this construction
  • cooperation
  • coursework
  • cross-cultural
  • daylong
  • daytime
  • decision-making
  • degrees: B.A., M.A., Ph.D.; bachelor’s degrees, master’s degree or doctorate, but MBA
  • effect (verb): to accomplish; (noun) a result produced
  • email
  • emeritus/emerita: When used in a title, use as a preposition adjective (e.g., "Emeritus Professor of History")
  • enforce/reinforce
  • ensure: to guarantee or make safe
  • entitled: use when referring to a right to do or have something
  • excel
  • extracurricular
  • faculty: per Webster’s New World Dictionary, “all the teachers of a school, college or university.” Hence, use with singular verbs. Example: The Cal State Fullerton faculty supports the measure. If plural verb is desired, add the word members. Example: Some Cal State Fullerton faculty members are opposed to the measure.
  • farther: refers to physical distance
  • fundraiser, fundraising: one word, no hyphen
  • further: refers to extension of time or degree
  • grant-in-aid
  • gray
  • homepage
  • hometown
  • insure: to establish a contract for insurance
  • interdisciplinary
  • internet (adj.) (e.g. internet marketing)
  • Internet (formal noun)
  • interrelationship
  • its: possessive form of the pronoun
  • it’s: the contraction of “it is”
  • judgment
  • lifelong
  • manageable
  • memento
  • midsemester
  • midterm
  • minuscule
  • more than: use rather than “over”
  • multicultural
  • multidisciplinary
  • multilingual
  • nonmajor
  • nonminority
  • nonprofit or not-for-profit
  • nonresident
  • ongoing
  • online
  • percent
  • PK–12 (meaning pre-kindergarten through grade 12)
  • preprofessional
  • preschool
  • raffle: do not use
  • re-entry
  • residence halls: the correct description of student housing on this campus
  • roommate
  • rooms: Room 123 of Humanities-Social Sciences Building, Portola Pavilion of the Titan Student Union
  • semimonthly: twice a month
  • semiweekly: twice a week
  • sizable
  • sociocultural
  • socioeconomic
  • springtime
  • state: lowercase as state of California in news copy
  • statewide
  • summertime
  • theater-goer
  • Theatre and Dance: Theatre is preferred spelling for department name; theater in other uses
  • titled: use when referring to the name of an article, book, etc.
  • toward
  • tuition fees: mandatory systemwide fees; accurately describes student costs
  • note: students are also charged campus fees in addition
  • university: captialize when it refers to California State University, Fullerton
  • universitywide
  • vice president
  • web page
  • website
  • weeklong
  • workday
  • workforce
  • workload
  • workweek
  • World Wide Web
  • worldwide
  • year-end
  • yearlong

Terms such as lower division, upper division, on campus and off campus are hyphenated in the adjective forms but are not hyphenated in the noun forms.

For example: Students live off campus because there is limited on-campus housing.

It is generally unnecesary to precede URLs, phone numbers, and email addresses in lists with “website:”, “telephone:”, or “email:”. Readers can generally recognize these and don’t need a written prompt.