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I find myself in a situation in which I can prescribe rules for students writing final undergraduate essays. I have considered not mentioning formatting or typographical rules, or refer to the library's rules (always an interpretation of the pervasive nation-wide rules). I find both options unappealing, because the former leaves too much room for error (and random ugliness) and the latter is too strict and dull (a pattern of bad taste).
Do you think I should just let it be, or that I could establish some pretty wide parameters (or a compromise solution)? Or determine that the supervisor might adjust the formatting if need be?
If yes, what are some sensible and generic requirements I can establish?