MOU with CUSID

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As of November 10, 2013 this version of the MOU is out of date.

Memorandum of Understanding between CUSID and APDA North American University Debate Championships Creation

1. By agreement between the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate ("CUSID") and the American Parliamentary Debate Association ("APDA," collectively, “The Organizations”) there is hereby created the North American University Debate Championships ("the Championships").

PURPOSE

2. The purpose of the Championships shall be to promote and foster debate between North American post-secondary academic institutions.

ELIGIBILITY

3. All members in good standing of CUSID and APDA are eligible to send at least two teams to the Championships. The host of the Championships shall confirm the eligibility of all such teams with the Presidents of CUSID and APDA respectively. 4. Institutions other than those covered in section 3 are eligible to send two teams to the Championships upon receiving the approval of the Presidents of CUSID and APDA. 5. The host of the Championships shall have the power to allow institutions covered in sections 3 and 4 to send more than two teams to the Championships, provided the means whereby such additional teams are admitted is approved by the Presidents of CUSID and APDA.

LOCATION

6. The location of the Championships for any given year shall be established not later than October 31 of the previous year. 7. In every second year the host shall be as selected by vote of the APDA membership. In every alternate second year the host shall be as selected at the CUSID AGM by a vote of the CUSID general membership. If in any year the Organization responsible for the selection is unable to provide a host, the other Organization shall have the opportunity to do so.

DATE

8. The Championships shall be held between January 1 and March 30 of each year. The precise date shall be established, by agreement of the Presidents of APDA and CUSID, not later than October 31 of the previous year.

RULES OF DEBATE

9. The style of debate at the Championships shall be the North American style as outlined in Schedule A of this Memorandum. Further, the systems of pairings and tabulations shall be decided by the host, approved by the Presidents of CUSID and APDA, and distributed at least one month before the Championships begins. 10. The hosts of the tournament shall select a Chief Adjudicator for the Championships. The Organization not hosting the Championships in a given year shall select a Deputy Chief Adjudicator. The Chief Adjudicator and Deputy Chief Adjudicator shall implement Schedule A of this Memorandum, and they retain discretion to make minor changes in order to facilitate debate at that year’s Championships.

COMPOSITION OF TEAMS

11. All teams competing at the Championships shall be composed of debaters representing and primarily enrolled at the same institution. A debater is considered to be primarily enrolled at the institution where he or she is taking the majority of his or her classes. A debater enrolled at two universities as part of a joint degree program that is recognized and administered by both institutions is considered to be primarily enrolled at both institutions. No hybrid teams composed of debaters representing different institutions are allowed to partake at the Championships. For purposes of this section, debaters primarily enrolled at either Dalhousie University or The University of King’s College in Halifax are considered to be primarily enrolled at the same institution. Individuals wishing to debate who are not enrolled at an institution are not eligible to compete. All eligibility questions shall be settled by joint agreement of the APDA and CUSID Presidents.

FEES

12. The host shall set the registration fee for the Championships, to be approved by the Presidents of APDA and CUSID, and in so doing shall provide for a reduced fee based on distance from the location of the Championships.

TROPHY

13. The permanent trophy for the Championships, which shall be held be the winner during the subsequent year, shall be purchased and maintained with CUSID and APDA funds, apportioned equally.

OMISSIONS

14. Any matters not covered by this memorandum of understanding are left to the discretion of the hosts of the Championships, subject to any directions and guidance jointly given by the Presidents of CUSID and APDA.

AMENDMENT

15. This memorandum of understanding can be amended by written agreement between the Presidents of APDA and CUSID. It is recommended that any such amendments be ratified by the membership of APDA and of CUSID.

ADOPTION

16. This memorandum of understanding was agreed to on or about March 20, 1991, by Mike Galvin, APDA President, and Stephen Pitel, CUSID President. It was amended last on October 23, 2012 by Coulter King, APDA President, and Louis Tsilivis, CUSID President.