Terms and Conditions Of September 1, 2016
Effective Through June 1, 2017
WHO MAY REGISTER FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL ONLINE DEBATE CAMPS
Space permitting, anyone who is in grades 9 to 12 is eligible to participate in our Academic Year HIGH SCHOOL online debate camps, which are open through June 1, 2017. Space permitting, those now in 7th or 8th grade may participate in our Academic Year MIDDLE SCHOOL online debate camps, which are open through June 1, 2017.
Very deliberate safety procedures are in place. SDI instructors are not permitted to serve in a camp unless they have undergone appropriate background checks; we ourselves have an internal review and safety training. Our staff are all adults, 18 years and up. There is no toleration of inappropriate behavior or what looks to be inappropriate behavior. The technology that we use (GoToMeeting) gives us, the SDI staff, exclusive control of the video and audio. In the event that an instructor deems a student’s conduct or attire to be inappropriate, the student will be removed from participation at once. SDI reserves to itself the right to remove the student in question from the camp altogether, as well, and in the event of total removal, tuition and all camp payment will be forfeited to SDI.
PARENT/LEGAL GUARDIAN OBSERVATION
A parent or guardian is always welcome to observe a session. Whether they are actually rendered visible on the GoToMeeting screen is at the discretion of the SDI staff. We ask that parents or guardians remain silent during session, unless specifically asked to contribute. The input of parents or guardians is welcome, offline, however.
Our Senior Instructor is without equal in the debate camp community. And he interacts frequently with all the students in all our online camps. In many circumstances, he is the sole instructor! Furthermore, he schools his assistants in advance of the camps.
HOW IT WORKS
All camps take place via GoToMeeting split screen. (Links to sessions will be emailed to you; you do not need your own GoToMeeting account.) Anywhere from 1 to 4 students and 1 or 2 instructors participate. Most of the time, everyone is visible. There are situations in which 1 or more students will not be visible to the whole group and these involve preparing for formal debate and recess (time-outs) during formal debate. The instructor manages visibility.
Four scenarios apply, namely, (1) one student requests a private tutorial (this includes simulation of a competitive 1 vs 1 or 2 v 2 formal debate), (2) two, three or four students (1,2 or 4) request a group lesson, (3) one student comes in alone and wants to be immediately wait listed, for the very next opening (please specify preferred size of group, size affects price, see below) and (4) one student requests to be included in a group lesson and to discuss the timing of participation. Scenarios 1, 2 and 3 are straight forward. In the case of Scenario 4, SDI will attempt to assemble groups and will keep those seeking a group informed of developments. If you are alone and seek to join a group and want to discuss timing, then please see the right side of this page and fill out the INQUIRY FORM.
There is no set schedule for online camps. They can be held Monday through Saturday and can range between 8 am and 10 pm, EST. (“West Coast” hours are coming soon!) Camps can be held on a single day or span two or more days. What happens is that instructor(s) and students agree on a schedule.
We offer 10 hour camps.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY
We cater to five categories of skill. Middle School camps divide into novice and experienced. High School camps divide into novice, experienced and championship caliber.
We teach Public Forum, Policy, Lincoln-Douglas and Model Congress. Model UN is more cooperation than contest, but we can run a miniature Model UN, all the same. Indeed, important features of debate carry over to Model UN!
A modicum of dress up is encouraged during session. Dress shirt and tie for men, and dress-up blouse or dress for women, is encouraged.
PROPRIETARY RIGHTS AND LIMITATION OF RIGHTS
Instruction staff have the right to use electronic recording (audio or video) devices and to record the camp. All rights to such a recording that involve formal lecture (i.e., a SDI instructor or instructors addressing the students or taking and responding to questions) are exclusive to SDI. The portion of such a recording that features students in other settings, including debate, may only be used by SDI for promotional purposes, eg, on its website. SDI reserves the right to use any and all camp recordings for its own internal purposes, that is, coaching of its staff or private briefings of supporters or potential donors.
No other electronic recording of the camp can be made without the prior written approval of the SDI. It goes without saying that students of the camp or any other third parties are prohibited from circulating a recording of the camp in whole or part, nor may they sell a recording.
SDI may take photos of debaters during session and has the right to use them for promotional purposes.
Testimonials from students and parents (or legal guardians) are welcomed. SDI has the right to publish such testimonials but attribution (student’s name) may not be published without the written consent of the parent or legal guardian in question.
CONTINGENCIES, INCLUDING REFUNDS, WAIT LIST
Statesman Debate Institute (SDI) intends to do everything it can to ensure safe, instructive and enjoyable online camps.
In the event that SDI has to cancel a camp–because of unforeseen circumstances or force majeure affecting the instruction staff or hosting—registration monies will be promptly returned.
A great deal of planning goes into our camps. Regrettably, registration monies for those coming in as a group are non-refundable in all circumstances other than those already mentioned, unless an alternate is willing to take your place in a timely fashion as judged by SDI.
What does a “prompt” or “immediate” refund mean? A refund will be provided within 14 days of a cancellation by SDI.
All payments are nonrefundable, except for reasons specified in the above section. If, for some reason, a student who has been registered, cannot attend a camp, and if written notice of cancellation is received prior to two months before the start of the online camp in question, then full credit is available, through June 1, 2017, and assuming camps have availability through June 1, 2017. If written notice of cancellation is received within two months of the start of the online camp in question, then the following schedule applies. 85% of full credit is available up to 30 days prior to the date of the camp that you registered for. 60% of full credit is available up to 14 days prior to the date of the camp that you registered for. Any remaining credit must be used by June 1, 2017.
Third parties, including www.aplusplans.com or www.insuremytrip.com, may enable you to insure all or part of your camp plans. Costs are affordable. If you want such insurance, make sure you acquire it before making camp payment.
HOW TO PREPARE
There may be or may not be homework assignments. Be sure to inquire about homework before the start of a camp.
Emergency numbers are exchanged. We request emergency contact information. We supply a way for you to reach us, too, in the event of an unforeseen mishap. And our emergency number is supplied several days before camp, thus eliminating the risk of an out of date number.
SDI is not responsible for damages that may befall a camp participant (student) or camp observer (his or her parent) because of the negligence of that student or parent or both, or because of the negligence of another student or another student’s parent or both, or because of the negligence of a third party.
We, SDI, also assume no responsibility for any preexisting medical condition or for any medical situation that might arise during the camp.
ONLY PAYMENT IN ADVANCE SECURES A SPOT
This should be self-explanatory.
POSSIBLE OVERPAYMENT, SOLO INVOLVED AND HOW RECTIFIED
It is possible that you may register and ultimately overpay. For instance, you might come in with 2 other students. Each of you pays the price of a three-student camp. Before camp starts, a solo registers and requests to be wait listed for a four-student camp. SDI notifies the three of you that a solo would like to join you. The three of you agree. A four-student camp convenes; anyone who overpaid is refunded.
WHAT SOLO REGISTERING AS WAIT LISTED SHOULD PAY AND ANTICIPATE
A solo who wants to get into the first available spot should do two things and expect one of several outcomes. In the Registration Form, designate the smallest camp size that you will participate in. And make payment for that very size. Outcome One: a spot opens up for the designated size, wonderful, you are set! Outcome Two: a spot opens up for a larger camp, excellent, you are set and a pro-rated refund is in order! (E.g., you paid for a two-person camp, got a three-person. SDI owes you an amount equaling former minus later.) Outcome Three: no spot opens up for two months. SDI refunds full payment. Outcome Four: no spot is coming open, you withdraw before two months is up. SDI refunds all but $20 of your original payment.
Please complete the camp registration form, found below. It’s not long at all! And make payment. Then you are done and a tremendous experience awaits!
SOLO SEEKING GROUP
This Inquiry Form is for someone who is alone (is not coming in with one or more friends or peers) and wishes to be included in a group lesson and wishes to discuss the timing of possible participation. We will endeavor to match you with another solo or several other solos who are also looking to join a group lesson. Please fill out the following Inquiry Form. It is not a Registration Form! Only if we find you a group would you complete the Registration Form and Payment, on the left.
ONLINE DEBATE CAMPS REGISTRATION FORM
ONLINE DEBATE CAMPS PAYMENT
Solo–one student, one instructor–$515.
Two Students–$362 each.
Three Students–$309 each.
Four Students–$258 each.