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Editorial Style and Usage Guide

This guide is the established editorial style for e-mail announcements, the Colgate Scene, colgate.edu pages and stories, brochures, newsletters, letters, and more.

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NOTE: All entries, in bold type, indicate lower case or capitalization as appropriate

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RA, residential adviser. At Colgate, this position is called a community leader.

racial and ethnic designations. Lowercase black and white in this context. Identifiers such as American IndianAfrican American, Italian American, Latin American, and Japanese American are not hyphenated. It is important to note that different designations are acceptable to different groups when they are referring to themselves. References to race and ethnicity should be avoided if they are not germane to the story or text. See also stereotypes.

Raider, Raiders. Colgate’s mascot is the Raider (not Red Raider). Women athletes are not Lady Raiders.

REC, residential education coordinator. A staff position in the Office of Residential Life.

Renaissance. See historical periods.

residence hall. Preferable to dormitory or dorm. For names, see buildings and sites

Residential Education Program.

résumé. Requires both accents or none at all.

Reunion. Capitalize when referring to the annual Colgate event and the year is included. Lowercase in generic references [Please join us at Reunion 2013. They had a reunion at camp over the summer.].

Romance. Capitalize when referring to the group of languages developed from Latin (as French, Italian, or Spanish).

rooms (on campus). If possible, always completely identify campus locations by including the room’s name or number and the building name [209 Lathrop Hall; the Ho Lecture Room, Lawrence Hall; the Clifford Gallery, Little Hall]. For names, see  buildings and sites.

roommate. Not roomate., residential adviser. At Colgate, this position is called a community leader.