Kansas Contest Series

Rules and Regulations

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The Bill of Rights Institute’s Kansas Contest Series Official Rules and Regulations 
Effective August 29, 2013

Section I – General Rules

From Monday, September 2, 2013 through Friday, March 7, 2014 (the “Contest Period”), the Bill of Rights Institute will conduct essay contests exclusively for students residing in the state of Kansas (the “Contests”). To enter, eligible students (see Section II for eligibility requirements) must log on to the website and submit an entry that follows the Submission Guidelines as detailed in Section III. We will not accept or consider entries that are mailed-in. As further detailed in Section VII, entrants agree to accept and be bound by all terms of these Official Rules and Regulations and to accept and be bound by the decisions of the Bill of Rights Institute, whose decisions are final with respect to all matters of the Contests.

Only one entry per student is permitted in each contest. A student may enter each contest that is run during the Contest Period. Entries that are incomplete, are submitted late, do not answer all questions, are from students not residing in Kansas, contain information other than as requested, or otherwise do not comply with these Official Rules and Regulations will not be accepted. By entering the Kansas Contest Series, entrants agree that the Bill of Rights Institute will own and administer 100% of the copyright in all entries submitted, with the perpetual right to use such entries and that said entries are solely the work of the entrant for whom they are submitting an entry. The Bill of Rights Institute may edit for grammar, modify for style only, and distribute the submitted entries with no additional notification or permission of the entrant. Entries will only be used to further the educational mission and goals of the Bill of Rights Institute (please see Section VI for a Privacy Statement).

Section II – Eligibility

The Contests are open to all United States citizens or legal residents who are students who are no older than 19 or no younger than 14 as of the end of the Contest Period who (1) live in the state of Kansas, and (2) who are in grades 9 -12 attending public, private, religious, or charter schools, or , (3) are enrolled in a GED or correspondence school program, or (4) are attending a home school program.

Students must attend school in Kansas.

Section III – Submission Guidelines

Each submission must adhere to the topics and should fully answer each question and any sub-parts. Each submission must adhere to the word limits for each question, and must be submitted by 11:59 pm PST on the posted submission date of each of the Contests. Only online submissions made through this website will be accepted for the Contests. Only one entry per student will be accepted for each contest.

Section IV – Judging and Timing

For each of the Contests, the judges selected by the Bill of Rights Institute will review and select finalists from all the eligible entries received. The judges will then select the prize-winners. Entries will be evaluated based upon the following criteria: adherence to the Submission Guidelines (as stated in Section III), originality, organization, writing style, and depth of analysis. Judging for each of the Contests will be completed within one month of the contest deadline. Winners will be announced on the contest site the month following the contest deadline.

The Bill of Rights Institute reserves the right in their sole administration of the Contests to disqualify any individual they find or believe to: (i) be tampering with the entry process or the administration of the Contests, (ii) be acting in violation of these Official Rules and Regulations, or (iii) plagiarizing content in any form.

The selection of the judges is within the sole and absolute discretion of the Bill of Rights Institute. The judges who are selected by the Bill of Rights Institute will not have a direct connection to the student who has submitted the entry or be in a position to affect the objectivity and impartiality of any judge with respect to a submission.

Section V – Awards

Winners for each of the Contests will be announced on the contest site in the month following the contest deadline. Winners must provide publicity photos and information as well as Social Security numbers in order to receive prize money. Social Security numbers are requested from winners for tax purposes only. The Bill of Rights Institute does not sell, nor use student Social Security numbers for any reason other than the required reporting for Federal tax purposes. Winners will receive the following prizes based upon the judges’ evaluations as outlined in Section IV.

Cash prizes for Students in the Kansas Contest Series

Information about cash prizes may vary for each of the Contests and can be found on the contest site.

Cash prizes for Unit of the winner

The teacher of each student winner will receive a $100 cash prize to put towards classroom resources.

Prizes will be awarded within three (3) months of the close of each of the Contests. Prizes not claimed within 180 days of the check date or the end of the Contest Period will be void. The Bill of Rights Institute will make its best effort to mail the prize to the winner and is not responsible for incorrect address provided by the contestant. All entrants are solely responsible for understanding and complying with any and all federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances that may apply to the entrants and the activities or business in which such entrants may engage. There may be tax consequences associated with the prizes and income received by a Contest winner, which may include, without limitation, an obligation to report as income and to pay taxes on such income to federal, state, or local authorities. Each Contest winner is responsible to determine the tax consequences of the income received and to comply with all applicable laws in all respects. All prize-winning units are solely responsible for understanding and complying with any and all federal, state, and local laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances, as well as school policies that may apply.

Section VI – Privacy Statement

Upon submission of an entry, the submission becomes the property of the Bill of Rights Institute. By entering the Contests, entrants grant the Bill of Rights Institute the right, unless prohibited by law, to use their names, cities and states of residence, pictures, and likenesses without compensation, for the express purpose of advertising and publicity of the Contests in any and all media, now or after. Entrants also grant the Bill of Rights Institute permission to use their name and entry to further its educational mission as stated here. The Privacy Policy of the Bill of Rights Institute also applies to these Contests. The Privacy Policy can be found here.

Section VII – Availability Disclaimer

The administration of the Contests, including, without limitation, determining the eligibility of a student or entry, selecting of a judge, evaluating any submitted entry, and awarding of the prizes, is within the sole and absolute discretion of the Bill of Rights Institute. No student or teacher, or person or organization related thereto, has a right to appeal, contest, dispute, or otherwise challenge any aspect of the administration of the Contests, and any decision of the Bill of Rights Institute is final in all respects.

No responsibility is assumed for incorrect or inaccurate entry information whether caused by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized by this contest or by any human error which may occur in the processing of entries into these Contests. The Bill of Rights Institute is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, or delayed entries or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of players on account of technical problems, or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or combination thereof.

If, for any reason, the Contests are not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Bill of Rights Institute, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest or for any reason the Bill of Rights Institute deems it necessary, the Bill of Rights Institute reserves the right to cancel, modify, or delay the Contests.

Section VIII – Nondiscrimination Policy

In administering the Contests, the Bill of Rights Institute will not discriminate in any manner, including on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin, and each eligible entry submitted will be evaluated upon the merit of its contents as further described in Section IV.