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SCU Editorial Style Guide


National Conference of Catholic National Conference of Catholic Bishops
Native American
newspaper names

Capitalize and place in italics. DO NOT capitalize the unless it is part of the paper's formal name; check the masthead or website of the publication for clarification.


Put in parentheses:

  • Gerdenio (Sonny) Manuel, S.J.

This style is not necessary for those going by common shortened forms of given names, such as Rob, Bob, or Bobby for Robert.


Nobel Prize, Nobel laureate

Do not hyphenate when used as a prefix.

  • nonjudgmental
  • nondenominational

Hyphenate when the word begins with a capital letter:

  • non-Catholic


nondiscrimination policy

All communications (flyers, programs, invitations) inviting students, employees, and/or the general public to events sponsored by the University (whether on campus or not) must contain the following language:

    Santa Clara University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, religion, veteran's status, or age in the administration of any of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, or employment-related policies, programs, and activities; or other University administered policies, programs, and activities.

    If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation, please call [name] at [phone #] (voice) or [1-800-735-2929] (TTY--California Relay) at least [number of hours] prior to the event.



Lowercase. Use instead of 12 p.m.


Spell out numbers one through nine and first through ninth. Use numerals for 10 or more, 10th or more. Always use numerals for ages, percentages, headlines, and units of credit.

  • It's a 4-credit course.
  • She scored 90 percent in the midterms.


    When expressing age, always use numerals for people and animals. Hyphenation rules apply for adjectives:

  • She was 5 years old.
  • The 5-year-old girl

For inanimate objects, such as buildings, regular numeral rules apply.

  • The stadium is two years old.
  • The library is 50 years old.

References to an age range or a decade require no apostrophes.

  • The instructor was in her 30s.
  • She grew up in the 1950s.


    capitalization Page 3, Room 24, Group 2
    No. 1 Use instead of number one in text, unless quoted.
    percent Write out the word percent except in display or tabular copy: 45 percent. Always use numerals, even for numbers less than 10.
    Use decimals rather than fractions. For amounts less than 1 percent, precede the decimal with a zero:
  • 0.5 percent
  • Percent takes a singular verb when standing alone or when it is expressed as a percentage of a singular entity:
  • Approximately 50 percent of the class signed up for the immersion program.
    When expressed as a percentage of a plural entity it takes a plural verb:
  • Approximately 50 percent of the students are going on the immersion trip.

    spelling Write out numbers expressed in quotes:

  • I expect a thousand new freshmen this fall, she said.
    Spell out a numeral at the beginning of a sentence:
  • Nine students attended the dinner.



             Use figures and spell out inches, feet, yards, etc., to indicate depth, height,     length and width. Hyphenate adjectival forms before nouns.

  • He is 5 feet 6 inches tall, the 5-foot-6-inch man, the 5-foot man, the basketball team signed a 7-footer.
  • The car is 17 feet long, 6 feet wide and 5 feet high.
  • The rug is 9 feet by 12 feet, the 9-by-12 rug.
  • The storm left 5 inches of snow.
  • The building has 6,000 square feet of floor space.

Use an apostrophe to indicate feet and quote marks to indicate inches (5'6") only in very technical contexts.

Also see money.

nun, nuns

Lowercase in all cases. Also see sister.

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