Style Guide

The Chicago School Style Guide is designed to provide members of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with a unified and approved style to use for internal and external communications. Developed and implemented by the Office of Communications and Public Relations and the Office of Institutional Publications, this guide can serve as a reference to writers, editors, and proofreaders throughout the school.

While the Style Guide lists the accepted standards for documents and publications, styles may vary within The Chicago School community. The use of this guide will encourage greater consistency and accuracy for the varied nonacademic external and internal communications.

The Chicago School Style Guide is intended to be informative and easy to use, but may not cover the entire gamut of style questions that arise. Nor should it take the place of APA or MLA style for use in academic writing. Instead, it is recommended for formal publications such as our website, annual reports, marketing collateral, INSIGHT magazine, informational brochures, and correspondence to any of our constituencies.

For style questions not referenced in this document, we suggest communicators consult a recent edition of the Associated Press Stylebook followed by The Chicago Manual of Style. A third recommended reference is a recent edition of Webster's New World College Dictionary.

This is the first edition of The Chicago School Style Guide. Previous reference sources were merged into one document, which was then edited and augmented with new information. We appreciated feedback about this style guide in the form of questions, comments, or suggestions from any member of the campus community. Please send emails to

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