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REcord Video Contest Entry Rules

An Entrant may enter online by selecting the entry link at and completing all mandatory elements of the Official Entry Form, including:

  • creating and uploading an original video not to exceed 120 seconds to, produced in English, that depicts the theme of the contest “Why does Civility Matter?”
  • first and last name, street address, city, state, ZIP code, telephone number, email address, eligibility confirmation, web address to Youtube video;
  • confirmation, where indicated, of your informed consent to enter and participate in the Contest and affirmative agreement to abide and be bound by the Official Rules, terms and conditions of the Contest, and good faith consent to continue participation in the Contest in the event you are determined to be and accept the status of a verified top three entrants. Further, by entering the Contest, you hereby pre-approve the University of Memphis to post your video (as it was submitted or with edits), where the University of Memphis sees fit, for public viewing, and if an entrant is later disqualified for any reason, or does not comply with these Official Rules, such video can be taken down as well and a new Finalist video posted. Once submitted, an Entry may not be edited or resubmitted with edits.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS OF VIDEO AND ALL ENTRY-RELATED CONTENT: Entries must be suitable for republication/display, as specified in these Official Rules and as interpreted and applied by the University of Memphis in its sole and reasonable discretion. BY SUBMITTING AN ENTRY, ENTRANT ACKNOWLEDGES THAT ANY ENTRY-RELATED CONTENT MAY BE EDITED/REPUBLISHED/DISPLAYED IN THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS. Specifically, submission of an Entry grants the University of Memphis full title and all associated rights, including moral rights, without limitation, restriction or reservation of any kind to edit, adapt, republish, use, and/or publicly perform the Entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation, and without further consideration to the Entrant. By submitting an Entry, Entrant agrees that the Entry is gratuitous and made without restriction, and will not place the University of Memphis or any Contest Entities under any obligation, and that the University of Memphis is free to disclose the contents and ideas contained in the Entry on a non-confidential basis to anyone or otherwise use the contents or ideas without any additional compensation to Entrant. Entrant further acknowledges that by acceptance of the Entry, the University of Memphis does not waive any rights to use similar or related contents or ideas previously known to the University of Memphis, or developed by its employees or retained agents, or obtained from sources other than Entrant. Additionally, by submitting an Entry in the Contest, Entrant hereby warrants and represents that the Entry conforms to the requirements set forth herein.  Entries:

  • cannot be sexually explicit or suggestive, unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional or age group, profane or pornographic, contain nudity or any materially dangerous activity;
  • cannot promote alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing), any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous;
  • cannot be obscene or offensive, endorse any form of hate or hate group; cannot defame, misrepresent or contain disparaging remarks about Contest Entities or their products, or other people, products or companies;
  • cannot contain trademarks, logos or trade dress owned by others, or advertise or promote any brand or product of any kind including, but not limited to clothing with visible brand names or logos, without permission, or contain any personal identification, such as license plate numbers, personal names, e-mail addresses or street addresses;
  • cannot contain copyrighted materials owned by others (including music, photographs, works of art or images published on or in websites, television, movies or other media) without permission from the author/subject (or parent/guardian in the case of minors);
  • cannot contain materials embodying the names, likenesses, photographs, or other indicia identifying any person, living or dead, without permission;
  • cannot communicate messages or images inconsistent with the positive images and/or goodwill to which the University of Memphis wishes to associate, in the University of Memphis’s sole discretion;
  • cannot depict actions, and cannot itself, be in violation of any law;
  • cannot contain any other content that is or could be considered inappropriate, unsuitable, or offensive, as determined by the University of Memphis or Contest entities in their sole discretion;
  • cannot have been previously licensed, published, distributed or otherwise used elsewhere; and cannot have previously won any prizes in a promotion of any kind.

If anyone other than the Entrant appears in, or is otherwise identifiable in the video (i.e. voice), such person(s) (or such person(s)’ parent or legal guardian, if they are not 18+ years of age, or of the age of majority in their jurisdiction) will be required to sign a participation release document ("Participation Release"), which is available at the bottom of this set of Official Rules. The University of Memphis reserves the right to request proofs of these signed Participation Release documents at any point in time, and such documents may be required in order to be deemed a Contest Finalist or Grand Prize Winner. Failure to provide said proof may result in disqualification of the Entry from the Contest. Further, if an Entry includes private third party property or places, Entrant hereby represents and warrants he/she has received express permission from such private third party property or place owner to submit such Entry, and the University of Memphis may request proof of such express permission in written form at any time. Failure to provide the above referenced proofs may result in disqualification of the Entry from the Contest. All Entries may be preliminarily (and at any time, may subsequently) be screened for conformity with these Official Rules, including any written verification/documentation confirming the requirements and permissions specified herein. Entries that do not reasonably appear to fully comply with all requirements set forth herein may be disqualified by the University of Memphis at any time. Entries will neither be acknowledged nor returned and correspondence regarding the screening, verification or judging status of Entries will only be undertaken by the University of Memphis or Contest Entities at their sole discretion, except as otherwise specified in these Official Rules. The University of Memphis reserves the right to interpret the Contest Entry requirements, Official Rules set forth herein and any other applicable terms and conditions relating to the Contest in its reasonable discretion.

REcord Video Contest

How to Submit an Entry

Contest Rules

Judging Criteria

Video Contest Packet

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