Nomenclature Guidelines

As of July 1, 2013, most University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) faculty, staff, and units became part of the Rutgers community.

There are times when, for the sake of clarity, it is necessary to distinguish employees or units that once were part of UMDNJ. In these situations, we use the term legacy UMDNJ. This is applicable to positions, schools, and entities that—as a result of integration—transferred to Rutgers.

Because these are all now within Rutgers, the term should be used only when necessary to avoid confusion.

Legacy UMDNJ should be used when:

  • Something is specific to faculty, staff, or students in one of the seven former UMDNJ schools now in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
    Example: Employees of legacy UMDNJ schools in Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences will use the Banner system to access payroll.
  • When the topic has to do with the work and welfare of employees that were formerly part of UMDNJ.
    Example: Negotiated union agreements of legacy UMDNJ employees will be honored after integration.

Legacy UMDNJ should NOT be used when:

  • Something is universitywide. In these cases, use the name of the university.
    Example: All Rutgers employees are expected to follow the university's visual identity standards.
  • Referring to a campus or location. Instead, use the building, location, or campus name.
    Example: Media inquires at the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Campus should be directed to 973-972-4501.
  • The topic is a school or department. Here, the school or department name is preferred.
    Example: The application deadline for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is December 31.