Editorial Style Guide


Bible, Biblical, Biblically

(See also Holy Scriptures, Scriptures and scriptural)
Bible is always capitalized in reference to sacred Christian writings comprising the Old Testament and New Testament. However, when using to describe a publication that is preeminent in authority or readership, do not capitalize bible. (Ex. This manual is the bible of the gourmet world.)

Do NOT capitalize the words biblical and biblically. The phrase biblically based is often used in our Regent University copy. Please note that there is no hyphen in this phrase.


(See also Race)
When referring to Americans of African descent, the term African-American is widely accepted. Note that African-American is hyphenated. Note also, however, the word African is not a synonym for black. Not all who are black are of African descent; hence black is often a preferred usage.


Hyphenate when being used as a noun and as a compound modifier.


Dr. Smith is board-certified.

Board of Trustees

(See also Titles)
Do not capitalize board of trustees, unless it is standing alone in a heading or invitation. In combining board of trustees with a title, refer also to rules for capitalizing titles.


Board of trustees Chairman Jane Jones
Jane Jones, chairman of the board of trustees
The chairman of the board of trustees, Jane Jones

Body of Christ

Capitalize Body of Christ as shown when referring to the body of Christians who comprise Christ’s Church.

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Campus Titles

(See also Titles)
When referring to the Regent University campus, use the phrase Regent University campus in Virginia Beach or just Regent University campus. Do not use the following: Virginia Beach Campus or main campus. Neither of these phrases are applicable as the university no longer has an official secondary campus. For our location in Washington, D.C., use the following phrase: Washington, D.C., location.


For general rules of capitalization, see the Associated Press (AP) Stylebook. In this manual, also see guidelines for capitalization under specific entries, such as Titles, Board of trustees, Offices of the university, Program names and University.

Capitalize all nouns and pronouns that directly refer to the Deity.


God sent His Son as a sacrifice for man.
His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace.
We are regents of the King, Jesus Christ.

(See also Bible, biblical and Scripture, scriptural)


Always lowercase the word century as in 21st century. Spell out the years for the first through ninth centuries, and use figures thereafter.


The 21st century begins in 2001, not 2000, which is the final year of the 20th century.

What happened in the first century?


Capitalize the word First when referring to Regent University's core values within a stand-alone phrase, headline, or tagline. However, lowercase first when it is used in a complete sentence.


Tagline: Promoting Christ-First Excellence and Integrity
Regent University honors your commitment to Christ-first excellence and integrity.


Capitalize the word Church when it refers to the body of Christians who comprise Christ’s Church and when it is part of the proper name of a church. Do not capitalize it in general references to a place of worship.


The Church is challenged by an increase in humanism.
Does she have a local church?

Christian Leadership to Change the World

(See also Mission statement)
Capitalize Regent’s mission statement as shown.


In a Series

In a list of items, make sure there is no comma between the last two items (i.e. books, papers and bag). However, if there is an and within any of the listed items, then make sure to include a comma between the last two items to clarify them (i.e. divinity, psychology and counseling, and education). If there are commas within the listed items, then use semicolons to set the listed items apart.

There are two exceptions to the comma-in-a-series rule. The first is when listing programs or majors. In order to provide clarity in this instance, commas may be used to separate each listed item. The second is when writing or editing for the School of Law. For this specific school, all items in a list are separated by commas (i.e. books, papers, and bag).

Example: Qualities that describe Regent include integrity, excellence and innovation.

Such leaders must cast compelling vision, mobilize and manage volunteers and staff, balance faith perspectives with bottom-line financial decisions, and solve daily interpersonal and organizational problems.

After a Last Name (Sr., Jr., III, etc.)

No commas are necessary after a person's last name / before Jr., Sr., III, etc.

Examples: John Smith Jr., John Smith Sr., John Smith IV

Before Inc., LLC or Ltd.

No commas are necessary before Inc., LLC and Ltd.

Examples: Long Company Name Inc., a major retailer, has just ...
No comma, no periods: East Coast Railway LLC (same for PLLC)

Communication & the Arts, School of

Note: There is no s at the end of Communication in the phrase School of Communication & the Arts.

Composition titles


Unlike Modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) styles, the Regent style (following Gregg as well as AP guidelines) employs italics when referring to book titles, movie titles, play titles, song titles, television program titles (this does not include television stations), and works of art. Articles, speech titles, sermon titles and lecture titles should be put in quotation marks.


I just read Of Mice and Men.
He chose to watch CBS Evening News.
John’s seminar was titled “How Children See God.”
Soltor’s sculpture Relentless is on display.
Evans’ article, “Go in Peace or in Pieces,” was published in The Herald.


In a sentence, if a city precedes the name of a country, then the country must be set off by commas.


Each summer, the School of Law hosts a program in Strasbourg, France, which focuses on international law and human rights.


Course names are capitalized, they are not italicized, bolded and/or underlined. The word and should be changed to an ampersand (&) for space purposes.


Leader’s Life & Values


In academia, this is being used as one word.

Curriculum, curricula

Use curriculum when referring to a single educational program. Curricula is the plural form. The same rule applies to other Latin nouns of this type: datum, data, etc.


Write cybersecurity as one word.

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