Style Guide

This style guide is designed to give consistent solutions to common problems writers face in producing written materials for Valparaiso University and its colleges. It conforms largely to The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual, but contains exceptions to both the AP manual and The Chicago Manual of Style.

Where conflicts exist between this and other guides, this style guide takes preference. Written and compiled by professional communicators from the Office of Integrated Marketing and Communications, the guide will be updated as needed by IMC.

You will note that some listings pertain to grammar rules, and some address strictly style issues. The style guide focuses on external and general audiences. For some departments with specialized audiences, other stylebooks may be required.

The intent of this guide is to help achieve consistency of style in our writing University-wide. Although its objective is to resolve conflict and reduce confusion, the guide may generate questions. If this is the case, please send an e-mail to, and the IMC staff will work on a solution to your problem. 

View the style guide PDF here.