Yale Invitational

2015 — CT/US
Subject: Ethics in Congress
Sender Alexandra Sencer
Recipients Schools registered for Yale Invitational with entries in: Congress Congress judges
Date Sat, Sep 19, 2015 at 12:15 PM

Text of message:

Dear Competitors, Coaches, and Judges:

 

As expressed in the relased preliminary judge manual, the first rule of Speech and Debate is be a good person. 

 

With this being said, ethics over competitive success should ABSOLUTELY be our first priority. While our updated Congress invitation accidentially removed the following language, "when tournament specific rules do not address an issue, the tab staff will default to NSDA rules," this does not mean that we are going to function void of an Internet policy. 

Please note the following rules will be in place from this point forward:

  • There is NO Internet connectivity during a round.
  • There is NO private coaching (via instant messager, texting, Skype, facetime, etc.) while students are participating in debate on a piece of legislation, regardless of whether or not the competitor has asked for a point of personal priviledge to leave the chamber or not. 

Should it come to the attention of the tab staff that such activity is occuring from this point forward, disqualification will be deemed an acceptable punishment. 

 

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Schools registered for Yale Invitational with entries in: Congress Congress judges