Sometimes, after an update, or downloading a new template, you may see some special characters displayed, especially on the cover page. Example below:
This is a global setting in Microsoft Word and can be easily changed.
Select File > Options
Click "Advanced" on the left menu to open the advanced options
Scroll down to the "Show Document Content" section
Uncheck "Show field codes instead of their values"
Click "OK" button to save changes. When the options window closes, your document should no longer be displaying these special characters.