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

2015/2016 Deadlines

Milestone Deadline
Schools and colleges may begin updating Bulletin copy through the Curriculum Portal 11/1/2014
Deadline for submitting checklists 11/15/2014
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) 2/27/2015
Final deadline for all remaining eCAP submissions (not requiring University Council approval) 3/18/2015
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:
Departments
School-specific policies
Overviews
Student orgs. and other student resources
External links (ex. centers and institutes pages, etc.)
3/20/2015
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
5/6/2015
Content Freeze Date (includes course descriptions) 5/15/2015
Bulletin 2015/2016 launch 6/1/2015

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. Information is frozen (i.e., no edits allowed) as of May 15.