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University of Missouri-Specific Style Guidelines

board of curators. First reference, the University of Missouri Board of Curators or The Curators of the University of Missouri (the legal and official name). Second reference: board, curators or board of curators, lowercase.

The word takes singular verbs and pronouns. “The board of curators elected Jane Doe of St. Louis as its chair for 20XX.”

Note that it is incorrect usage to refer to the governing board as the University of Missouri System Board of Curators.

campus identification. On first reference, spell out the entire name of the campus:

  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • University of Missouri-St. Louis

Note that for Missouri University of Science and Technology, the “and” is spelled out on first reference. Do not substitute the ampersand, &. Note that campus names use a dash, not an en dash or em dash.

Second and subsequent references can be:

  • University of Missouri, MU or Mizzou
  • UMKC
  • Missouri S&T or S&T
  • UMSL

When referring to the geographical location of the four campuses, or to emphasize the university’s statewide reach, city names may be substituted, e.g., Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis.  Always list the geographical location of the four campuses in alphabetical order by location.

chair of the board of curators. The term chair of the board refers to the curator who is the duly elected or acting chair, who may from time to time be referred to as chairman, chairwoman or board chair. Note that the board does not elect a president of the board. Lowercase unless used before a name.

Coordinating Board for Higher Education (CBHE).  Not Coordinating Board of Higher Education. Do not confuse with Missouri Department of Higher Education (MDHE).

Curators’ Professor. Use the apostrophe following the “s.” Capitalize before a name and when standing alone.

Curators Scholar. Do not use an apostrophe. Capitalize before a name and when standing alone.

Extension, University of Missouri. The formal name for the extension mission of the University of Missouri. Capitalize the word “Extension” when it is used as part of a formal name; lowercase in other instances, such as “the extension program.”

extension center. Capitalize when referring to a specific center: University of Missouri Extension Center in Greene County.

fiscal year. First reference, spell out and refer to “Fiscal Year 20XX” (uppercase). Refer to FYXX in subsequent references. Never refer to FY20XX or fiscal year XX.

four-campus. Hyphenate when used as an adjective: The University of Missouri is a four-campus system. The University of Missouri is one university with four campuses.

general officers. Plural, not possessive. The general officers meeting will be held in the President’s Conference Room. Lowercase unless used before a name.

Health System, University of Missouri. First reference should be University of Missouri Health System. On second reference, use UM Health System. The umbrella name for the following entities: University Hospital and Clinics, Children’s Hospital, Columbia Regional Hospital, Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, University Physicians, Missouri Rehabilitation Center and telehealth sites throughout Missouri.

land-grant. Lowercase. Hyphenate when used as an adjective: “The University of Missouri became a land-grant institution in 1870.”   

president. If this is the first reference, use University of Missouri System President John Doe.  On second reference, use UM System President Doe. Lowercase president unless used before a name.

Research Reactor Center, University of Missouri. Spell out on first reference. On second reference, use reactor or MURR. 

System, University of Missouri. Use University of Missouri System on first reference. On second and subsequent references, use UM System, system or university.  In addition, UM System officials may have occasion from time to time to refer to the entire university as the University of Missouri or UM, e.g., UM employee, UM student.

systemwide. no hyphen, as in: “systemwide.”

universitywide. non hyphen, as in: "universitywide."


Reviewed 2016-05-18.