Senate Legislation Style Guide

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This page is a work in progress, and will grow as more legislation is reviewed and clarification is needed.

WHEREAS clause guidelines

WHEREAS clauses should:

  • contain statements clarifying and supporting the intent and reasoning of the resolution
  • end with "; and", except for the last one, which ends with "; therefore"
  • reference any citations in order of number

THAT clause guidelines

THAT clauses should:

  • express ASUW opinion or sentiment
  • (usually) contain a "forwarding clause", which directs that copies of the legislation be sent to people and officials outside of Senate who are are likely to find the resolution relevant; this clause should be last
  • end with "; and", except for the last one, which ends with a full stop (period)
  • use the active voice ("The ASUW supports X" rather than "X be supported")
  • not perform actions outside the purview of Senate; while the Senate can express opinion on a great variety of actions or positions, it is limited in what it can actually do on its own

Additional notes

  • Titles of legislation should be capitalized like they were a book or article title, i.e. with most words except for articles and short prepositions capitalized
  • The acronyms "ASUW" and "UW" should be used except in the "BE IT RESOLVED..." statement. Uncommon acronyms should be stated in full for their first usage, followed by the acronym in parentheses, then shortened in future uses in the same legislation (e.g. "The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently stated...").
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