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saint Follow guidelines in the AP Stylebook's saint entry. Also see the city, town names entry in this style guide.

School of/College of Uppercase when part of a formal name, use ampersand (&): School of Business, School of Education, School of Fine & Performing Arts, School of Science & Engineering, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

seasons Use lowercase, even when naming an issue of a publication: the fall 2015 issue of the New Paltz Magazine. Only capitalize in rare cases, such as in a composition title: The Rite of Spring.

series Titles of literary and lecture series should be without quotation marks; titles of individual lectures that are part of a literary series should be set in roman type within quotation marks: Sydney Schanberg will give a lecture on "The Importance of Being a Witness" at this year's Louis and Mildred Resnick Holocaust Memorial.

service marks See the trademarks entry.

sic A complete word that means "intentionally so written." 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." Associated Press discourages the use of sic in news releases.

signs and notices Specific wording of signs, notices, mottoes or inscriptions within text should be capitalized but neither italicized nor quoted: She has a No Smoking sign in her office, The door was marked Authorized Personnel Only. See Chicago 7.155-156.

split infinitive (e.g., to quickly go) It is not a true error, although it was formerly regarded as one and is still offensive to some. Other style guides generally advise not to split an infinitive by more than one word. See AP Stylebook's verbs entry.

state Lowercase in most "state of" constructions, and when used as an adjective to indicate jurisdiction: state Sen. John Doolittle, the state Department of Transportation, state funds. Use in lowercase when distinguishing between New York state and New York City. Capitalize when part of a formal name: State Farm Insurance, the State Lands Commission, New York State Education Department. 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 or when used in conjunction with the name of a city or town, per AP: Montana; Poughkeepsie, New York. Abbreviate only in rare cases, including datelines, lists and short-form descriptions of party affiliation (D-Ala.) Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Ohio, Texas and Utah are never abbreviated.

State University of New York When referrning to the SUNY system, spell out on first reference in news releases or publications sent to off-campus audiences. Use SUNY in second and subsequent references. When referring to the entire State University of New York, the term systemwide may be used: Systemwide, library holdings total nearly 23 million volumes. When referring to SUNY's central administration, use system administration, not systemwide administration.

State University of New York at New Paltz When referring to our local campus, "SUNY New Paltz" is standard on first reference, and "New Paltz" on second references. Those two terms and "the College" can be used interchangeably in subsequent references.

When the town or village of New Paltz is referred to in the same document, use "SUNY New Paltz" to distinguish between the town/village and the College.

Use an s in possessive structures: New Paltz's popularity continues to surge. 

street names Use the abbreviation "Ave.," "Blvd." and "St." only with a numbered address: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Spell them out and capitalize when part of a formal street name without a number: Pennsylvania Avenue. Lowercase and spell out when used alone or with more than one street name: Massachusetts and Pennsylvania avenues.


Hawk Drive
Huguenot Court
Pond Road
Southside Loop
Tricor Avenue
Sojourner Way
South Road
West Hawk Drive

Administration Parking
Ashokan Parking (formerly Crispell Parking - effective 8/5/19)
Bouton Hall Parking
Children's Center Parking
Elting Lower Parking
Elting Main Parking
Elting Middle Parking
Elting Staff Parking
Elting Parking
Esopus Hall Parking
Haggerty Circle Parking
International Programs Parking
Lecture Center Parking
Lenape Hall Parking
Library Parking
Mohonk Parking
Old Main Circle Parking
Old Main Parking
Parker Theatre Parking
Pond Road Parking
Route 32 Parking
Route 32 Parking Extension
Route 32 Resident Parking
Service Building Parking
Shango Parking
South Parking
South Classroom Parking
South Faculty Building Parking
Student Health and Counseling Center Parking
Student Health and Counseling Staff Parking
Terrace Parking
University Police Parking
Wallkill Parking
West Parking

symposia See the conference titles entry.

systemwide See the State University of New York entry.