What's New

For those of you who have previous versions of the style guide committed to memory, the following is a short list of items that have recently changed.

GEs vs. GTFs

Graduate employee (GE) is the term now used at the University of Oregon for teaching, research, and administrative graduate assistantships that were formerly known as GTFs—an acronym used alternatively to denote both graduate teaching fellows and the Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

Go Ducks!

Typically, the phrase Go, Ducks! would require a comma: Go, a complete imperative (command), followed by a vocative, Ducks—identical to, say, Run, Spot, run!

However, when cheering on the team at an event (where the players are likely out of earshot), the phrase Go Ducks! is more an expression of support than it is a direct imperative, much like Up with the Ducks or Long live the Ducks. Since this use is more of an invocation or slogan, it is appropriate to leave out the comma—Go Ducks!

Computer Terms

Use the following forms:

  • email (not E-mail or e-mail)
  • internet (not Internet)
  • online (not on-line)
  • web (not Web)
  • website (not web site or web-site)

Telephone Numbers

Use 541-346-5397, not (541) 346-5397.

With Oregon's change to 10-digit dialing (and just because it looks better), telephone number style is to use hyphens only.


Periods in degrees are no longer used, so BA, MS, and PhD (not B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.)

References to Alumni

Names of graduates of the university should be followed by degree received and year of graduation, so Ima Eugenia Duck, BS '89.

References to those who attended the UO but did not graduate may include the class with which they entered, for example Christopher Credit-Shy, class of 2007.