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D.K.'s Snack Bar—in Pearsons Hall. See appendix.

days of the week—never abbreviate in prose.

dates—abbreviate months only when used with a specific date. Only abbreviate Jan., Feb., Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec.

dash—use a long dash (or em dash) with no spaces between the dash and the words. (The two-hyphen construction died with typewriters.) This is the preferred typesetting/publishing method.

Davis lecture / Harry Davis lecture—an endowed lectureship in honor of Harry R. Davis, government professor from 1948 to 1990. This annual guest lecture focuses on the philosophy and practice of political science.

day care—two words. When used as a compound adjective (day care center), do not hyphenate it; one could argue that each modifier could stand alone and that the connection between the words is clear without a hyphen.

December Dance Workshop—the name of the dance program's workshop that leads up to and provides material for the annual Chelonia Dance Concert. The student performance of this work is formally called the December Dance Workshop Performance.

dean of the college (academic dean)—the complete title is provost and dean of the college.

dean of students

decadesex: the 1970s; the '70s (no apostrophe before "s").

decision making / decision-making—two words as a noun; hyphenated as a compound adjective (decision-making abilities).

departments, academic (see also programs)—in prose, use lower-case letters for all references, both formal and informal. This obviously does not apply to languages that must be capitalized. (Example: English department, department of anthropology, and anthropology department)

Beloit College's academic departments: anthropology; art and art history; biology; chemistry; classics; critical identity studies, Samuel J. Campbell Department of Economics (note caps in this exception); education and youth studies; English; geology; history; mathematics and computer science; modern languages and literatures; music; office of academic diversity and inclusiveness; philosophy;  physics and astronomy; political science and international relations; psychology; religious studies; sociology; theatre, dance and media studies.

departments, non-academic (a.k.a. offices)—in prose, generally capitalize references to particular offices, both formal and informal. (Example: Office of Admissions and Admissions Office) Some departments may not have official titles or may be more of a place with a specific function than a properly named office (bookstore, library, mail center, print shop); these should use lower-case letters.

Please note that media prefer lower case in almost every instance.

Beloit College's nonacademic offices: Accounting Office; Administration Office (under the vice president for finance and planning/treasurer); Admissions (vice president for enrollment services); Office of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support (under the vice president of the division called Development & Alumni Relations); Athletics Office; Archives; bookstore; Campus and Community Outreach Center (under Liberal Arts in Practice Center); Career Services (under Liberal Arts in Practice Center); Communications and Marketing Office; Community-Based Learning (under Liberal Arts in Practice Center) Dean's Office (under the provost and dean of the college); Dean of Students Office; Development & Alumni Relations Office (includes the Office of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support); Facilities Office; food service; Health Center; Human Resources Office; Office of Inclusive Living and Learning; Information Services and Resources (ISR); Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning Office; Office of International Education; Liberal Arts in Practice Center; library (Col. Robert H. Morse Library and Richard Black Information Center); mail center; museums (Logan Museum of Anthropology and Wright Museum of Art); President's Office; Registrar's Office; Residential Life Office; Security Office; Student Engagement and Leadership Office; Student Financial Services; Office of Summer Programs.

Development Office--includes the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations & Annual Support; formerly known as the Office of External Affairs.


disabilities—be sensitive; remember that you are writing about individuals and only include specific mention of a disability if it is relevant. Avoid the term "handicapped" and constructions like "the disabled." Buildings that are accessible should simply be called "accessible" as opposed to "handicapped accessible." 

disk—not disc; exception: disc jockey.

Distinguished Service Citation (DSC)—the highest honor awarded by the Beloit College Alumni Association.

domains—Beloit's breadth requirements, effective with the fall 2011 curriculum, are organized into domains (types of courses), rather than academic divisions. Students take courses in located in five domains: Conceptual and Foundational Systems, Artistic and Creative Practices, Social Analysis of Human Behavior, Scientific Inquiry into the Physical and Biological Universe, Textual Cultures and Analysis.

Domine Salvam Fac--title of the Beloit College song with music by Gounod.

dorm/dormitory—use residence hall instead. See appendix for list.

dos and don'ts

Dr.—reserved for medical doctors and dentists, not people with doctorates; used before the name and capitalized: Dr. Ted Smith performed the surgery. When mentioning that a person has a doctor of medicine or doctor of dental surgery degree, use M.D. degree and D.D.S. degree.

Duffy Community Partnerships program—an internship program for students in which they first complete leadership training, then work on a project driven by a community need. It is administered by the sociology department.

James E. Duffy'49 Society—Formerly known as the Heritage Society, this gift club recognizes people who make deferred gifts to the college.