University identification

Use UMass Dartmouth for most situations.

  • It is acceptable to use UMassD in more casual situations (student stories, etc.).
  • In very formal situations, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth may be appropriate for the first reference. Then, use UMass Dartmouth. There is no hyphen, comma, or "at" between University of Massachusetts and Dartmouth (or with the names of the other campuses).

Use UMass Law for most situations.

  • In very formal situations, University of Massachusetts School of Law—Dartmouth (using a dash before Dartmouth) may be appropriate for the first reference. Then, use UMass Law.

Do not use UMD, UMASS, Umass.

It is usually unnecessary to repeat UMass Dartmouth once you have established that you are referring to a university event, course, professor, etc. The same guideline applies to law school events, professors, etc.

Lower-case the "u" when using "the university" as a synonym for UMass Dartmouth. Similarly, use lowercase when referring to the “law school” as a synonym for UMass Law.

UMass or the University of Massachusetts are the proper terms when speaking of the overall system; these terms are not synonyms for the UMass Amherst campus.

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