Found in: Punctuation
Use a semi-colon to connect two independent clauses that are not related, thus avoiding comma splices or run-on sentences. UGA colors are red and black; silver may be used as an accent color.
Semi-colons also may be used to separate the elements of a series when the elements themselves include commas. Do not use semi-colons in a series if commas will work. Note that using semi-colons in this way does not dictate the use of a colon to introduce the series (and the converse: using a colon does not require the use of semi-colons). When semi-colons are used, include one before the conjunction at the end of the series: Newly appointed members of the task force are April Spring, vice president for something; August Winter, director of instructional services; June Person, professor of education; and Julius Caesar, head of the Western world.