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Ethics in Action

An exciting student video competition focusing on ethics and accountability.  The Center for the Public Trust (CPT) launched its student video competition in April 2010 as an opportunity for middle Tennessee college and university students to unleash their creativity while focusing on the theme of portraying Ethics in Action. The competition was opened nation-wide in 2011

CPT realized, with the prevalence of ethical dilemmas last year – the Madoff scandal and Wall Street’s impact on the economic crisis – that there is an opportunity to influence future leaders by educating today’s student on ethics, accountability and integrity.

The SCPT Video Competition is an exciting program designed to foster interest and conversation among local university environments. 

Past Winners

  • 2010 Winners
  • 2011 Winners

Purpose of the Video Contest
The goal of this competition is to challenge students’ creativity and originality in addition to educating viewers on the various aspects of leadership, ethics and business. The video can be staged as a short play, commercial, talk show, music video, documentary, etc. and is to focus on any aspect of ethical behavior. We encourage students to be creative in their entries and focus on the core purpose of this competition which is to promote ethical behavior.


First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250
Viewers’ Choice: $100 in Amazon Gift Cards

Who Can Enter
This competition is open only to students currently enrolled at colleges and universities in the continental U.S.  To enter the competition you must be 18 years or older at the date of entry. A college or university may have more than one team enter the video competition. Each team can produce and submit only one video. Each team must consist of 1-5 members. Team members must be enrolled at the same college or university.

How to Enter
Check back for information on the 2012 competition.

Judging and Selection of Winners
All entries will be judged by the SCPT based on concept, originality, script/screenplay and how the entry best conveys the spirit of Ethics In Action.

Competition Guidelines
Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of the Official Rules. By participating in this competition, each entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read and understood, and agrees to be bound by, the Official Rules. The Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the entrant and the SCPT in relation to this competition, govern each entrant’s participation, and supersede any prior agreements between entrant and the SCPT and relating to this competition.

By entering, each team represents and warrants that the submission is: (a) wholly original (b) professional assistance of any kind was not used to create, produce or direct video, (c) does not incorporate or include anything that would require the consent of any third party (d) does not violate any copyright, trademark, publicity right, privacy right, or any other right of any third party, (e) the video must not include the use of nudity, profanity or violence.