We all communicate with different words through different media, but our identity as a college remains the root of all we say and write. In order for the college to be clear in its communications, we must use language consistently.

The Editorial Style Guide is a resource for Calvin College faculty and staff, serving as our editorial standard and addressing many of the style issues presented when producing various publications.

Our word choices are important. Calvin affirms the fundamental truth that all humans are made in the image of God, and we believe that this truth should guide the language we use. The Editorial Style Guide has updated guidelines for inclusive language so that we may speak with respect toward all who are made in the image of God.

The Editorial Style Guide is not intended as an authoritative source for style issues pertaining to academic publications. To resolve issues for academic papers, dissertations, journal articles and the like, please consult the latest edition of the MLA Handbook. And to resolve non-academic issues not covered in the Editorial Style Guide, please refer to the latest editions of the Associated Press Stylebook or the Chicago Manual of Style.

Even as the Editorial Style Guide is Calvin’s standard for written communication, it is not a document carved in stone. It is, rather, a living document, one that will require updates. In keeping our guidelines as contemporary and usable as possible, we welcome queries and thoughts about revisions to the Editorial Style Guide. Please email any questions or suggestions to marketing@calvin.edu.

We hope this guide is a valuable resource for you as you communicate the Calvin story to the world at large.