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    Faculty is a collective noun, referring to all professors of a university, college, department, school, program, etc.
    Faculty does not refer to an individual professor; use faculty member or lowercase professor. Nor can faculty be used
    as a plural noun; use faculty members.

            The JMU faculty accepted the proposal. 
            All JMU faculty members voted on the proposal.

faculty awards (JMU)
    See JMU faculty awards

faculty credentials 
    For a listing of faculty members, including their credentials, awards and academic units (teaching areas), see
    http://www.jmu.edu/catalog/XX/general/faculty.html.  Replace XX with the last two digits of the current academic
    year. Refer to academic units when writing for accreditation purposes.

Family Weekend (formerly Parents Weekend)
    Always capitalize. For current information, see the Family Weekend Web site.

Father of the Constitution
    Uppercase. (Exception to AP Style) Refers to the eponym of James Madison University, James Madison, who was the
    fourth president of the United States and generally is regarded as the Father of the U.S. Constitution.

fax (n.)
    Acceptable as a shortened version of facsimile or facsimile machine. Do not use as a verb; do not use all caps.

        Your information may be sent by fax.

follow up (v.)

follow-up (n. and adj.)

    Do not use footnotes when you create a document for public audiences. Incorporate the attribution into the text in a conversational 

formal invitations
    MadisonStyle does not encompass formal language for uses such as invitations. When preparing formal invitations,
   select a formal language style guide and consistently follow it whenever the need for formal language arises. 
    The following guides may be helpful:
         Etiquette and Protocol: A Guide for Campus Events by April L. Harris (available through CASE bookstore)
         Emily Post's Etiquette by Peggy Post

   Spell out amounts less than one in text, using hyphens between the words.

          two-thirds, four-fifths, seven-sixteenths

   Use numerals for "precise" amounts larger than one, converting to decimals whenever practical.

          1-½, 2-¼

freshman, freshmen (pl.)

full time, full-time
   Hyphenate when used as a compound modifier.

          She goes to school full time.
          He is a full-time student.

fundraising, fundraiser
   One word construction in all uses

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