See hyphen / en dash / em dash for guidelines.
- Capitalize the names of months in all uses.
- Abbreviate Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. when writing full dates (e.g., Aug. 8, 2022) and when using the month and day (e.g., Sept. 16).
- In instances where the month is only accompanied by a year, names of months should be spelled out (e.g., January 2022).
- March, April, May, June, and July should not be abbreviated at any time.
- Do not add st, nd, rd, or th after numerals (e.g., 21st, 2nd, etc.).
- In tabular material, use these three-letter forms without a period: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
days of the week
Days of the week should always be spelled out and capitalized (e.g., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
When used as a noun, there should be no apostrophe. When used as a possessive, include an apostrophe.
- The 2000s were a profitable time.
- Back in the ‘90s, gas was much cheaper.
- Their final paper discussed the 1990s’ culture.
Use Arabic figures to indicate decades of history. Use an apostrophe to indicate numerals that are left out.
- 2022-2023 Academic Calendar
- Class of '23
degrees and certificates
Capitalize the name of a degree or certificate when used as a proper noun or adjective.
- College of Western Idaho offers associate degrees in Automotive Technology, Communication, and more.
- The student was awarded an Associate of Arts degree in Communication.
Use lowercase when referring to unofficial course/class names or using general degree references.
- He took a biology class fall semester.
- She wants to earn an associate degree.
- Use title case when referring to the official name of an academic department at the College (e.g., The Department of Biology).
- The word ‘department’ should remain lowercase when following the department name (e.g., the Biology department).
- General references to a subject matter should not be capitalized (e.g., She teaches history.).
directions and regions
Lowercase words like north, west, northeast, etc. when giving directions.
- Drive east for five miles to find the Ada County Center.
Capitalize these words when describing a region.
- The student spent time in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
- He has a Southern accent.
See departments for guidelines.
disperse / disburse
- Disperse means to break up and scatter in all directions (e.g., The club dispersed the flyers across campus).
- Disburse is a financial term referencing a pay out from a public fund (e.g., Financial aid will disburse your funds.).
- Capitalize and do not hyphenate when referring to the College’s Dual Credit Program.
- In general references, do not capitalize unless used as the first word in a sentence.
- Hyphenate when used as a compound adjective describing a type of student (e.g., dual-credit student).