University of Montana Style Guide
Style Guide Index:
U-DASH A free late-night shuttle service that runs every half hour from campus to Lewis and Clark Villages, back to campus and then downtown. Operated by the ASUM Office of Transportation.
UM On second reference use "UM" or "the University." Use "UM" in headlines. UM-Missoula is no longer required. Don't use "U of M," "UM-M," " U.M." or a strange abbreviation like "the Univ. of MT. " As an adjective, "the UM" is fine: He talked to the UM students. As a noun, it's wrong: He attended the UM. See the University of Montana entry.
UM Dining The official name of the catering and food service at UM.
UM Advocates Use "Advocates" on second reference.
un- See prefixes entry, but in general, no hyphen: unnecessary, unarmed, un-American.
underway The semester is already underway.
uninterested See disinterested, uninterested entry.
unique Means one of a kind, so use with care.
United States "U.S. " is acceptable as a noun.
USDA Forest Service "The Forest Service" is acceptable on first reference. If you use "USDA Forest Service" note that there are no periods in USDA.
university Lowercase when speaking of no university in particular: High school students wonder whether they'll like university life. Capitalize when referring to UM: I've attended the University since 2004. See the University of Montana and UM entries.
University Center Spell out on first reference. Use "UC" on second reference.
University Center Atrium The central, open area in the UC.
University Center Ballroom located on the third floor of the UC. Can be divided in the North Ballroom and the South Ballroom.
University Center Food Court Located on the second floor of the UC.
University Center Theater Movie theater located on the third floor of the University Center. Use "UC Theater" on second reference.
University Council A committee formed by UM President Royce Engstrom to discuss and communicate campuswide issues and University initiatives. Meets bi-weekly during the academic year. Meetings open to the public.
University of Montana Dance Team The UM Dance Team is no longer called the Sugar Bears.
University of Montana Foundation Spell out on first reference. Refer to it as "the foundation" or "the UM Foundation" on second reference.
University Hall See Main Hall entry.
University of Montana See the University of Montana and UM entries.
University of Montana Forensics Team "UM debate team" is acceptable on second reference.
University of Montana Press
University of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service Use "the University of Montana Rural Institute" on first reference. On subsequent references, use "the Rural Institute."
University system The official name is the Montana University System. "The university system" or "MUS" is acceptable on second reference. See Montana University System entry.
University Theatre Renamed the George and Jane Dennison Theatre in May 2012. Dennison Theatre on first reference is fine. Located in the Fine Arts Building.
up- See prefixes entry, but in general, no hyphen: upgrade, upstate, uptown, upend.
-up Check Webster's for hyphenation. Some common listings: breakup, buildup, cleanup, lineup, grown-up, follow-up, close-up. If the word is used as a noun but not listed in Webster's, hyphenate. As a verb, use two words: Please clean up after yourself. We need to build up his confidence.
uppercase One word for noun, verb and adjective when referring to the use of capital letters.
utilize Replace with "use."