Writer’s Guide

Writing for the University carries a burden of responsibility. The text communicates not only the message it embodies but also the broader idea that
UT Dallas is an institution that communicates knowledge in a clear and accurate way.

Adherence to basic grammar, spelling and usage rules should be regarded as a vital part of writing anything that bears the University’s name. Consistent use of abbreviations and capitalization is also an important way to convey the University’s mindfulness to detail and devotion to overall excellence.

The pages in the Writer’s Guide section compile guidelines followed by the UT Dallas Office of Communications. The citations draw heavily from the Associated Press Stylebook, which is the standard for U.S. media and the reference for issues not addressed here.