|VCU is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. A-10 is acceptable on second reference.|
|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.|
|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.|
|VCU has two main campuses: Monroe Park Campus and MCV Campus. Do not use the campus names unless needed to note a location.|
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 has more than 30 research centers and institutes. For a complete list, go to research.vcu.edu/ centers_cores/institutes.|
|VCU has three colleges and 11 schools:|
|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.|
When a generic term is capitalized as part of an official name, the plural used with another name is lowercase.
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.
|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.|
|Use the official name, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, on first reference. VCU Athletics is acceptable on second reference.|
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
|The university’s athletic teams are formally called the Rams. When used as an adjective, use the singular form.|