Editorial Style Guide: S

Sacramento campus. The designation for UC Davis facilities and programs located in the area around Stockton Boulevard and Broadway in Sacramento, including the UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis School of Medicine. Lowercase campus in all instances.

saint. Follow guidelines under the AP Stylebook’s “saint” entry. Also see the city, town names entry in this style guide.

School of MedicineUC Davis Health System consists of the UC Davis School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Medical Group. When referring to all four entities, refer to them collectively as UC Davis Health System. When referring to one of them, use the specific name for that entity. In subsequent references, health system (lowercase), medical school (lowercase), nursing school (lowercase), and medical center (lowercase) are acceptable. On second reference to UC Davis Medical Group, which is the multi-specialty group practice of the health system, medical group (lowercase) is acceptable. Never use the abbreviations UCDHS, UCDMC, UCDSON or UCDMG. The medical center is a level I trauma center (lowercase level, use Roman numeral I). The physical location of the medical center and medical school is referred to as the Sacramento campus.

seasons. Always use lowercase, even when naming an issue of a publication: the fall 1994 issue of UC Davis Magazine.

second reference. See “generic references” under names entry.

serial comma. See “comma” in the punctuation entry.

series. Titles of literary and lecture series should be set in roman type without quotation marks; titles of individual lectures that are part of a literary series should be set in roman type within quotation marks:

  • The Women’s Resources and Research Center will present the film Personal Decisions as part of its Videos for Lunch series. [Note: film title would run in roman within quotes in a news release.]
  • Political scientist Gwendolyn Mink will speak on “Women’s Citizenship, Men’s Welfare and the Racial Geology of the U.S. Welfare State, 1900–1945.” Her talk is part of a yearlong program on gender and power, presented as part of the Women’s Resources and Research Center’s series on Women, International Politics and the State: A Series of Distinguished Women Scholars.

service marks. See the trademarks entry.

sexism. See the stereotypes entry.

sic. In periodicals, use it within brackets, in italics, after a printed word or passage to indicate that it is intended exactly as printed, or to indicate that it exactly reproduces an original: He said, “I seen [sic] it all.” Because sic is a complete word and not an abbreviation, it does not require a period. Associated Press discourages its use.

Sierra Nevada. Not Sierra Nevadas, not Sierras, not Sierra Nevada mountains. (“Sierra” means saw-toothed mountains.)

signs and notices. Specific wording of signs, notices, mottoes or inscriptions within text should be capitalized and, if long, placed in quotation marks: She has a No Smoking sign in her office; The door was marked Authorized Personnel Only; The university seal bears the motto Let There Be Light. See Chicago 8.209–8.210.

software titles. See the entry for composition titles “computer games.”

Southern California. Capitalize Southern. See the AP Stylebook’s “directions and regions” entry.

split infinitives. It is not a true error, although it was formerly regarded as one and is still offensive to some. AP says to avoid split infinitives if an awkward construction results: She was ordered to leave immediately on an assignment is preferred to She was ordered to immediately leave on an assignment. Splitting an infinitive is preferable to putting its modifier in an unnatural, ambiguous or misleading place: Iraq failed totally to account for its weapons doesn’t mean the same thing as Iraq failed to totally account for its weapons.

state. Lowercase in all “state of” constructions, and when used as an adjective to indicate jurisdiction: state Sen. John Doolittle, the state Department of Transportation, state funds. Capitalize when part of a formal name: State Farm Insurance, the State Lands Commission, the State and Consumer Services Agency. See the California and government agencies entries in this style guide; also see the AP Stylebook’s “federal,” “government,” “governmental bodies” and “state” entries.

state names. Follow AP guidelines. In textual material, always spell out state names when they stand alone. When used in conjunction with the name of a city or town, however, abbreviate states per AP. (Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah are not abbreviated according to these rules.)

stereotypes. In general, avoid racial and sexual references or mention of debilitating physical conditions if they are not germane to the story.

DISABILITIES. The term “disabled” is preferable to “handicapped.” The phrase “people with disabilities” is preferable to “the disabled.” Don’t say “afflicted with” or “is a victim of”; say: He has muscular dystrophy. Don’t say “wheelchair-bound” or “confined to a wheelchair”; say: She uses a wheelchair or walks with crutches.

DISEASES. Don’t use a disease as a descriptive adjective in connection with an individual—e.g., don’t say: “He is a diabetic,” but rather, He has diabetes. One acceptable variation is survivor of, as in She is a survivor of cancer; it should be applied only to individuals who are overcoming severely debilitating or life-threatening diseases.

For additional guidance, see the AP Stylebook’s “diseases,” “disabled, handicapped, impaired,” “nationalities and races” and “race” entries. Also see the gender neutrality entry in this style guide.

street names. See the building names entry.

Student Family Housing. Now called Orchard Park and Solano Park.

Subject A, Subject A Examination, Subject A requirement, English A. Capitalize as shown.

Symphony. Refer to the campus ensemble as the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra. In second and subsequent references, symphony in lowercase is acceptable. See the campus musical ensembles entry.

symposia. See the conference titles entry.

systemwide. See the University of California entry and the campuswide entry.