BU Bulletin Content & Style Guide

Note: Find information about how to submit changes.

Purpose of the Bulletin

The Bulletin IS 
The Bulletin Is NOT
A University-wide academic reference A promotional brochure
A handbook of programs and offerings A duplicate of school, college, or department website content
An academic archive A place for nonacademic information

2017/2018 Deadlines

Milestone Deadline
Schools and colleges may begin updating Bulletin copy through the Curriculum Portal. 10/17/2016
Deadline for submitting checklists 11/18/2016
For new degrees and degree requirement changes, see below.
Final deadline for eCAP submission of proposals for NEW programs; changes of delivery format; any proposal involving a global activity (i.e., all proposals requiring University Council approval) 2/24/2017
Final deadline for all remaining eCAP submissions (not requiring University Council approval) 3/17/2017
These deadlines are assuming that the proposers have consulted in advance with the relevant Associate Provost.
Deadline for schools and colleges to submit changes to:
School-specific policies
Student orgs. and other student resources
External links (e.g., centers and institutes pages, etc.)
Deadline for schools and colleges to submit final corrections and course lists
New University-wide policies and changes to existing University policies must be approved by this date.
Proposals for new programs and changes to programs must be approved by this date.
Content Freeze Date (includes course descriptions) 5/5/2017
Bulletin 2017/2018 launch 6/1/2017

General Editorial Guidelines

  • Study section guidelines. Before making edits, be sure to read your section’s guidelines thoroughly.
  • Use Bulletin style. Put content in the appropriate section and use the Bulletin Style Guide to punctuate lists, academic degrees, and more.
  • Be concise. Provide just the facts in simple, concrete terms.
  • Use bullets. Break up large blocks of text and all lists, including lists of faculty, classes, etc., with bullets.
  • Think “online.” Provide exact names of other sections/information you’d like to point to, along with their URLs. Submit to Creative Services; we will create Link Boxes (inline sidebars) that will house related links.
  • Be consistent. Use the same style and tone across all sections of your Bulletin.
  • Be thorough. The Bulletin is an unchangeable snapshot of a particular calendar year. No edits allowed after April 22.