Glossary

A-10 

VCU is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. A-10 is acceptable on second reference. 

Board of Visitors 

Use credentials following names, per AP Style, when listing members of the VCU Board of Visitors. For example: John Smith, Ed.D, J.D. See the full board member listing on the VCU website.

Buildings

Capitalize the names of university structures when using their full titles. For a complete listing of VCU buildings, visit the maps page on the VCU website.

Campuses

VCU has two main campuses: Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus. Do not use the campus names unless needed to note a location.

Examples:
  • The 30-minute information session is followed by a walking tour of the Monroe Park Campus.
  • The university’s campus reflects the character of its host city by mixing modern, high-tech amenities with historical buildings and small-town charm. 
The university also has branch campuses and satellite locations in Northern Virginia; Doha, Qatar; Charlottesville, Va.; and Charles City County, Va. In referring to these campuses and locations, the first reference in text copy should be the complete title:

VCU Rice Rivers Center
VCU Medical Center at Stony Point
VCUarts Qatar
VCU School of Medicine Inova Campus
VCU School of Pharmacy Inova Campus
VCU School of Pharmacy University of Virginia Division

Centers and institutes

VCU has more than 30 research centers and institutes. For a complete list, go to research.vcu.edu/ centers_cores/institutes.

Colleges, schools and departments

VCU has three colleges and 11 schools:

Alpha Order

College of Engineering 
College of Health Professions
College of Humanities and Sciences
L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and
Public Affairs
Richard T. Robertson School of Media and
Culture
School of the Arts
School of Business
School of Dentistry
School of Education 
School of Medicine
School of Nursing
School of Pharmacy
School of Social Work
School of World Studies
Capitalize college, school and department when referring to a specific VCU unit. Do not capitalize when referring to VCU colleges, schools and departments in a more general sense.

Examples:
  • Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Biology
  • or the biology department…
  • The School of Business offers…
  • The school offers… 

When a generic term is capitalized as part of an official name, the plural used with another name is lowercase.

Example:
  • the schools of Nursing and Dentistry

In copy, department and office names do not use ampersands; write out and. For a full listing of VCU departments, view the A to Z index on the VCU website.
 

Commencement

Capitalize commencement when referring to the university’s official ceremonies in May and December. Do not refer to the ceremonies by season (spring, winter). Example: VCU will celebrate 3,000 graduates at its May Commencement.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics

Use the official name, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, on first reference. VCU Athletics is acceptable on second reference.

EEO/AA statement

In compliance with VCU’s equal employment opportunity/affirmative action policy, one of the following statements should be used on print materials (except invitations) for external audiences. For invitations, refer to the special accommodations entry. 

 

Version one (when space is not a consideration):

Virginia Commonwealth University does not discriminate in its admissions, employment, programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin (including ethnicity), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), parenting status, marital status, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information (including family medical history), sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding the university’s non-discrimination policies, contact Equity and Access Services (equity.vcu.edu) at equity@vcu.edu, 804-828-1347, or 1001 Grove Avenue, Box 842549, Richmond, VA 23284-2549.

 

Version two (when space is a consideration):

VCU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact Equity and Access Services.


Short version: VCU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Ads referring to employment opportunities should also include the following statement: Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Mascot

The university’s athletic teams are formally called the Rams. When used as an adjective, use the singular form.

Example:
  • Ram spirit VCU’s mascot is Rodney the Ram.
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