Correct grammar, punctuation, and “style” may seem old-fashioned these days, but their absence in any communication from a university or other reputable and highly visible entity is frowned on, even by those who may not ordinarily pay much attention.

Because RIT owes its public and its students the best—in its use of the language as well as in programs, facilities, teaching, and service—University Publications provides this glossary and reference to grammatical rules, academic terminology, punctuation, etc. We rely on the Associated Press Stylebook, with additional references from the Chicago Manual of Style.

Comments or questions about this guide can be directed to Ellen Shady via email at

For RIT’s official standards on graphic identity and web guidelines, please consult the RIT Identity Manual.