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Ethics in Action Official Rules

2011 Official Rules

Please note – these rules and dates will be updated as the 2012 Competition Period begins

1. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. The Ethics in Action Competition (this “Competition”) begins at 12:00:01 AM Central Time on January 31, 2011 and ends at 11:59:59 PM Central Time on March 11, 2011 (“Competition Period”).

2. ELIGIBILITY: The Competition is open only to students currently enrolled at colleges and universities in the continental 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.  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. Employees and directors of the Student Center for the Public Trust (“SCPT”), 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.  By participating, you agree to these Official Rules and to the decisions of SCPT, which are final and binding in all respects.

3. HOW TO ENTER: To pre-register yourself or your team, visit no later than 11:59:59 PM Central Time on February 25, 2011 and submit all required information in the registration form.  All members of a team must be enrolled at the same college or university.  You do not have to pre-register in order to submit an entry. To Enter: Create an original video of one (1) to three (3) minutes in length that focuses on and promotes ethical behavior. Visit or to obtain the Competition application form.  Complete all required information in the application form, and mail the completed form and one (1) copy of your original video to:
SCPT • Attn: Lara Loewl • 150 Fourth Ave, North, Suite 700 • Nashville, TN 37219

The video must be submitted on a DVD or jump drive in .mov, .wma, .avi or .mp4 format, and the viewing dimensions must be 640 by 480 pixels or larger.  The video must not be longer than three (3) minutes in length, or the entry will be disqualified from the Competition. The application form submitted with the video must be complete to be eligible.  LIMIT ONE (1) ENTRY PER PERSON OR TEAM.  The video must be the entrant’s or team’s original work, must not have been copied in whole or in part from any other work, and must not have been entered in any other competition.  Entrants and teams must not seek or obtain professional assistance to create, produce or direct the video.  No changes to any entry materials or information are permitted once the entry has been submitted.  All entries become the property of SCPT and will not be acknowledged or returned.  Entries that do not conform to these guidelines or are received by SCPT after the end of the Competition Period will be discarded and deemed VOID.

4. ORIGINAL WORK: Each entrant and team represents and warrants that the video submitted by the entrant or team is an original work and that the entrant or team is the sole author with the full power to submit the same.  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.  Each entrant and team hereby waives any opportunity or right to inspect or approve the video submitted by the entrant or team and/or the final product in which it may be used or incorporated.  Each entrant and team hereby releases SCPT from all claims now or hereafter existing which may arise from any use, non-use or editing of the entrant’s or team’s video.

By submitting an entry to SCPT, the entrant or team grants to SCPT a perpetual, irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, display, distribute, publish, modify and create derivative works from the entrant’s or team’s video for any purpose and in any media now known or hereafter developed.  SCPT reserves the right to promote and publicize, through any means available, the progress, development, process, news, and success of all entries, in whole or in part, to promote the SCPT, the Competition, and future video competitions. In addition, SCPT shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to edit, composite, morph, scan, duplicate, or alter the video for any purpose which it deems necessary or desirable, and each entrant and team irrevocably waives any and all moral rights the entrant or team may have in the video.

5. PRIZES: LIMIT ONE PRIZE PER ENTRANT.A total of four (4) prizes will be awarded. One (1) First Prize winner will receive One Thousand Dollars ($1,000).  One (1) Second Prize winner will receive Five Hundred Dollars ($500).  One (1) Third Prize winner will receive Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250).  One (1) Viewers’ Choice winner will receive four (4) Twenty Five Dollar ($25.00) gift cards.   Prizes may not be combined with any other offer. 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.  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.

6. JUDGES AND CRITERIA: Each eligible video entry will be judged by a panel of judges consisting of SCPT employees.  Video entries will be judged based on the following criteria: (a) concept (25%); (b) originality (25%); (c) script and screenplay (25%); and (d) how the entry conveys the spirit of Ethics in Action (25%).  In the event of a tie, the video entry with the highest score in the originality category will be declared the winner.  All decisions of the judges are final.

7. PRIZE AWARDING: THE PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED. THE PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED.  On or about March 29, 2011, the winners will be selected from all eligible video entries received by SCPT during the Competition Period.  The video entries with the highest judging scores will be declared the winners. The prizes will be awarded only upon winner validation and verification by SCPT. Potential winners (including all members of the team) must submit proof of enrollment at their college or university satisfactory to SCPT. The winners’ names will be posted on the SCPT website on or around March 29, 2011.  No transfer or assignment of the prizes is permitted.  No substitution of the prizes will be permitted, except that SCPT reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute the prizes with a prize of equal or greater value.  SCPT will use commercially reasonable efforts to contact each winner by email within three (3) days after the actual date of SCPT’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 will be selected by the judges from among the highest scoring remaining eligible entries.  Acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for SCPT and its affiliates to use the winner’s name, likeness and biographical information for advertising and promotional purposes without compensation, unless otherwise prohibited by law. Where permitted by law, each winner will be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within ten (10) days of notification (or return the signed forms within ten (10) days of receipt), or such winner may be disqualified and the prize awarded to an alternate winner selected by the judges from among the remaining eligible entries.  If any prize notification or any prize is returned to SCPT as undeliverable, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner selected by the judges from the remaining eligible entries.

8. DISQUALIFICATION: Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Competition, as solely determined by SCPT, will be disqualified.  If disqualified for any of the above abuses, SCPT reserves the right to terminate the person’s or team’s eligibility to participate in this and future competitions and sweepstakes offered by SCPT.  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.  SCPT 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 SCPT which, in the sole opinion of SCPT, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper play of the Competition, SCPT reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Competition.  In no event will more prizes be awarded than the ones listed above.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By entering, entrants and teams (a) agree to these Official Rules, and to the decisions of SCPT, which shall be binding and final in all respects; and (b) acknowledge that SCPT 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.  By participating, each winner releases SCPT, 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.  SCPT 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 SCPT, 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.  SCPT 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.

10. GENERAL INFORMATION: Except where prohibited, each entrant and team agrees that: (a) 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 (b) 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.  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.  The failure of SCPT 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.

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

12. OFFICIAL RULES; LIST OF WINNERS: For a copy of these Official Rules or a list of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Student Center for the Public Trust, Attn: Ethics in Action Competition, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37201.  Residents of WA and VT may omit return postage.


For further information, please contact Lara Loewl at or (615) 312-3841.

Sponsored By:
Student Center for the Public Trust, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN 37219.

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