Naming Standards

University Name

The name of the university is University of Illinois Springfield.

By decision of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, we dropped the use of the word “at” and are now known as University of Illinois Springfield – or simply Illinois Springfield.

The change does not alter UIS’ legal, statutory name, nor does it require purging signage or documents where it does appear. The original name remains on our official stationery, business cards, and very permanent structures (entrance signs, colonnade, etc.)

The university name or Wordmark must appear on all official print and electronic publications.  See the Content Standards.

Generally, the university’s name is used as follows:

  • University of Illinois at Springfield
    Used for legal purposes and for official stationery/business cards.
  • University of Illinois Springfield
    Used for all standard print and electronic publications.
  • Illinois Springfield
    Used for recruiting, and when the audience consists of people outside the campus.
  • UIS
    Used as an abbreviation, and when the audience is here on campus and within 50 miles of Springfield, Illinois.

URL Naming Standards

When requesting a new website at the University of Illinois Springfield, please keep in mind that our official websites abide by URL Naming Standards. The correct format for a URL at UIS is as follows:

Note: Please use this format when adding URLs to any print publications.

  • Conventionally, URLs that point to files do not end in a slash. URLs that point to directories end in a slash.
  • Adding a slash to the end of the URL helps loading time, when the website structure is in a hierarchical (directory) format.
    • If the slash is missing, the web server will look for a file with that name.
    • When the Web Server does not find a file, it looks for the index file in the directory with the same name. This causes a redirect.
    • Adding the slash immediately tells the web server to go to the index file in that directory.
    • When the slash is missing, the server is forced to redirect, which takes time. Every millisecond counts on the web.
  • The technology underneath the UIS website follows the directory convention.
  • URLs with a slash, and URLs without a slash are treated as separate URLs by search engines. Therefore, it is important to choose one method and be consistent with it so as to not confuse your audience. UIS has chosen the conventional method of using a slash for all UIS websites.

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