The University of Tennessee System Office of Communications and Marketing is charged with establishing and maintaining editorial style and keeping publications consistent to ensure a positive image of the University. Our Writing Style Guide enables a consistent, unified approach in materials shared with the public.

The Writing Style Guide is a resource for preparing written material for distribution to or publication by the news media, on the UT System website, within internal broadcast email to employees, and other official communication on behalf of UT System Administration.

It is intended to ensure consistent and correct usage of titles and acronyms in reference to UT campuses, institutes, offices, facilities and their leaders.

Generally, this guide follows Associated Press style, particularly for spelling, capitalization, abbreviations, and the like. Additional guidelines have been prepared for University entities, offices or titles not specifically addressed in AP style.

In the interest of supporting the University as a whole and helping readers easily understand written material, all divisions, departments, and offices should strive to follow these guidelines. Our office is available to review and edit written material, both to assist in style consistency and to help resolve questions of grammar, punctuation, and related matters.

If you have questions or suggestions for the Editorial Style Guide, email