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NASBA Center for Public Trust
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Official Rules

About the Competition / Judging / Important Dates

Rules for the Ethics in Action Video Competition

    The Ethics In Action Student Video Competition (this “Competition”) submissions will be accepted at a later date. The video judging period will also be announced at a later date (“Competition Period”).

    a. The Competition is open only to graduate and undergraduate students enrolled for the entire competition period at colleges and universities in the United States (the “Eligibility Area”) who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry and have the ability to enter into valid contracts in their personal jurisdiction of residence.

    b. Only individuals and teams may enter; no entry from any corporation or other entity shall be accepted. The Competition is VOID outside of the Eligibility Area and where otherwise taxed, prohibited or restricted.

    c. Employees and directors of the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT), Student Center for the Public Trust (“StudentCPT”), National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Inc. (“NASBA”), and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, fulfillment, marketing agencies, public relation firms, consultants and contractors, their immediate families (defined as spouse, child, sibling, parent or grandparent) and those living in their same households are ineligible to participate in the Competition.

    d. By participating, you agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of the CPT, which are final and binding in all respects.

    3. HOW TO ENTER:
    a. To enter, create an original video in one or both categories: short film, one (1) to three (3) minutes in length, and/or Commercial, thirty (30) to fifty-nine (59) seconds in length, that focuses on and promotes ethical behavior.

    b. Upload your video submission(s) to YouTube, then paste your video’s URL into the competition submission form.

    c. The video must be either one (1) to three (3) minutes or thirty (30) to fifty-nine (59) seconds in length, or the entry will be disqualified from the Competition. The application form submitted electronically must be complete to be eligible.


    e. If submitting in both categories, each video must be recognizably different than the other. A one (1) to 3 (three) minute short film and a thirty (30) to fifty-nine (59) second Commercial version of the same video concept may result in disqualification of both submissions.

    f. No changes to any entry materials or information are permitted once the entry has been submitted, unless otherwise stated to the entrant by a CPT staff person.

    g. All entries become the property of CPT and will not be acknowledged or returned.

    h. Entries that do not conform to these guidelines, based on the discretion of the CPT staff and/or judges, or are received by the CPT after the end of the submission deadline will not be eligible for prizes.

    a. Each entrant and team represents and warrants that the video submitted by the entrant or team is an original work, has not been copied in whole or in part from any other work, and that the entrant or team is the sole author with the full power to submit the same. Participants may not use photo, video or audio clips from movies, television shows, songs, soundtracks or any other works that were produced and/or published by other companies or individuals.

    b. Each entrant and team further represents and warrants that the video does not incorporate any material that would require the consent of any third party and/or any information, pictures, images, music, sounds, video footage or other materials that would violate the intellectual property, proprietary or privacy rights of others. The sole exception to the representations required and agreed to upon submission of the video by each entrant and team in this Section B is that royalty-free stock photos, video and audio clips can be used if you have purchased and/or obtained the rights/permission to use these clips. If entrants are asked to provide documentation of their stock photo, video, or audio rights, they must submit the documentation to the CPT within the timeframe requested by the CPT, or their videos may be disqualified. Any media, including but not limited to stock photos, video clips, or audio clips, used under the exception must have proper attribution as dictated by the requirements associated with the permissions purchased or otherwise obtained to use the media.

    A total of eight (8) prizes will be awarded in the form of Amazon Electronic Gift Cards.

    a. One (1) Short Film (1 (one) to 3 (three) minutes) 1st (first) place winner will receive One Thousand Dollars ($1,000).

    b. One (1) Short Film (1 (one) to 3 (three) minutes) runner up will receive Five Hundred Dollars ($500).

    c. One (1) Short Film (1 (one) to 3 (three) minutes) Viewer’s Choice 1st (first) place winner will receive Seven Hundred Dollars ($700).

    d. One (1) Short Film (1 (one) to 3 (three) minutes) Viewer’s Choice runner up will receive Three Hundred Dollars ($300).

    e. One (1) Commercial (thirty (30) to fifty-nine (59) seconds) 1st (first) place winner will receive Eight Hundred Dollars ($800).

    f. One (1) Commercial (thirty (30) to fifty-nine (59) seconds) runner up will receive Four Hundred Dollars ($400).

    g. One (1) Commercial (thirty (30) to fifty-nine (59) seconds) Viewer’s Choice 1st (first) place winner will receive Five Hundred Dollars ($500).

    h. One (1) Commercial (thirty (30) to fifty-nine (59) seconds) Viewer’s Choice runner up will receive Two Hundred Dollars ($200).

    i. The CPT Staff reserves the right to add, adjust or eliminate awards if videos do not meet the judges’ expectations or generate a satisfactory amount of votes. Prizes may not be combined with any other offer.

    j. Winners will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes, fees, insurance and/or any other expenses associated with acceptance and/or taking delivery of the prizes.

    k. By accepting the prizes, the winners waive the right to assert, as a cost of winning said prize, any and all costs of redemption of said prizes or any and all liability that might arise from redeeming or seeking said prize. Odds of winning are determined by and depend upon the quality and number of eligible entries received.

    Each eligible video entry will be judged by a panel of judges consisting of StudentCPT employees and affiliates. Video entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

    a. Originality (videos should use original content, not footage or audio from existing shows, songs, movies, etc.);

    b. Clarity (video and audio should be easy to see and hear);

    c. Relevance (video addresses an ethical dilemma that is relevant to young business professionals)(; and

    d. Critical Thinking (videos should display complex ethical dilemmas that require viewers to use critical thinking skills to determine the best solutions. This is in contrast to videos that display ethical issues that have clear right or wrong solutions). All decisions of the judges are final.

    a. Winners will be selected from all eligible video entries received by the CPT during the Competition Period.

    b. The panel of judges will review and discuss the top video entries to determine which videos will be declared the winners. The prizes will be awarded only upon winner validation and verification by the CPT.

    c. Potential winners (including all members of the team) must submit proof of enrollment at their college or university satisfactory to the CPT, if requested. The winners’ names will be posted on the StudentCPT website.

    d. No transfer or assignment of the prizes is permitted. No substitution of the prizes will be permitted, except that the CPT reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute the prizes with a prize of equal or greater value.

    e. The CPT will use commercially reasonable efforts to contact each winner by email within three (3) days after the actual date of the CPT’s selection of the winner. If the initially selected winner cannot be contacted after two (2) attempts, is ineligible, or fails to claim the prize, the prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be selected by the judges from among the highest scoring remaining eligible entries.

    f. Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for the CPT and its affiliates to use the winners’ name, likeness and biographical information for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation, unless otherwise prohibited by law.

    g. Where permitted by law, each winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release and a W-9 form within ten (10) days of notification (or return the signed forms within ten (10) days of receipt), or the winners’ prize(s) will be voided.

    h. If any prize notification or any prize is returned to the CPT as undeliverable, the prize may be voided.

    a. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Competition, as solely determined by the CPT, will be disqualified. The CPT strictly prohibits the use of robots, software or any system that generates non-human votes for the viewer’s choice voting portion of the competition.

    b. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, the CPT reserves the right to terminate the individual’s or team’s eligibility to participate in this and future competitions and sweepstakes offered by the CPT.

    c. Students are allowed to implement marketing strategies that incentivize others to vote for their videos during the designated voting period. If students have any questions about the appropriateness of their voter acquisition method, they should send an email to [email protected] to seek clarification.

    d. Any attempt to tamper with or undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition is a violation of these Official Rules as well as criminal and civil laws. The CPT reserves the right to seek remedies and damages from any responsible individuals to the fullest extent permitted by law. In the event any portion of this Competition is compromised by any non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the CPT which, in the sole opinion of the CPT, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Competition, the CPT reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Competition.

    a. By entering, entrants and teams: (1) Agree to these Official Rules, and to the decisions of the CPT, which shall be binding and final in all respects; and (2) Acknowledge that the CPT has not made nor is in any manner responsible or liable for any warranty, representation, or guarantee, expressed or implied, in fact or in law, relating to the prizes.

    b. By participating, each winner releases the CPT, NASBA, their respective officers, directors, employees, affiliates, subsidiaries, marketing partners, advertising, promotion, fulfillment, marketing agencies, public relation firms, consultants or contractors from any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever for injuries, damages or losses to persons (including death) and property which may be sustained in connection with the receipt, ownership, possession, acceptance, enjoyment, use or misuse of the prize(s), or arising out of participation in this Competition, or while preparing for, participating in, and/or traveling to and from taking delivery of the prizes or any prize-related activities. THE CPT, STUDENTCPT and NASBA expressly disclaim any responsibility or liability for injury or loss to any person or property relating to the delivery and/or subsequent use of any prize awarded. IN NO EVENT WILL the CPT, STUDENTCPT, NASBA, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AFFILIATES, SUBSIDIARIES, ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, FULFILLMENT, MARKETING AGENCIES, PUBLIC RELATION FIRMS, CONSULTANTS OR CONTRACTORS BE RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF THIS COMPETITION OR ANY ACCEPTANCE, POSSESSION, USE OR MISUSE OF THE PRIZES AWARDED IN CONNECTION WITH THIS COMPETITION, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, PERSONAL INJURY, DEATH AND/OR PROPERTY DAMAGE, AS WELL AS ANY CLAIMS BASED ON PUBLICITY RIGHTS OR INVASION OF PRIVACY. THE CPT, STUDENTCPT AND NASBA ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOLLOWING: LOST, LATE, INCOMPLETE, STOLEN, MISDIRECTED, ILLEGIBLE, INACCESSIBLE, CORRUPTED OR UNUSABLE ENTRIES; INCORRECT OR INACCURATE ONLINE OR PRINTED INFORMATION RELATING TO THE COMPETITION (INCLUDING TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS); ANY COMPUTER, TELEPHONE, CABLE, NETWORK, INTERNET OR OTHER HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE MALFUNCTIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, FAILURES, CONNECTIONS OR AVAILABILITY; OR UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION.

    a. Except where prohibited, each entrant and team agrees that: (1) Any and all disputes which cannot be resolved between or among the parties and any claims or causes of action arising out of or connected with this Competition shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (2) Any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred by an entrant or team, including costs associated with entering this Competition, and in no event will any entrant or team be entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees.

    b. This Competition and these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of Tennessee. Should there be a conflict between the laws of the State of Tennessee and any other laws, the conflict will be resolved in favor of the laws of the State of Tennessee. Any and all disputes in connection with this Competition will be resolved solely and exclusively in the state or federal courts in Nashville, Tennessee. Each entrant and team waives any and all objections to jurisdiction and venue and hereby submits to the jurisdiction of those courts. Any and all lawsuits or other disputes that arise relating to this Competition must be filed within one (1) year from the date that the winners are selected.

    c. The failure of StudentCPT to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any part of these Official Rules is held by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, that part will be enforced to the maximum extent permitted by law, and the remainder of these Official Rules will remain fully in force.

    Any personal information provided by entrants or teams will be used by the CPT to administer this Competition and may also be used by the CPT to contact entrants and teams for marketing purposes and for other purposes as stated in the CPT’s Privacy Policy located at If an entrant or team does not wish to be contacted, the entrant or team may submit a privacy request to StudentCPT in accordance with the Privacy Policy.

    For a copy of these Official Rules or a list of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: NASBA Center for the Public Trust, Attn: Ethics in Action Video Competition, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219. Residents of WA and VT may omit return postage.

    For further information, please contact [email protected] further information, please contact [email protected].