This working document serves as a guideline for the administration of the Forensics squad, we want to offer the highest quality introduction to competitive forensics possible. It is our belief that a combination of practices, forensics tournaments, and peer learning gives students the best opportunity to make progress towards improving their knowledge, speaking skills, and to achieve excellence as producers/consumers of information.
The competitive forensics program centers itself around three principles. An explanation of each follows:
Ethics: Ethics are more central to public speaking than just the fact that a speech is a morally charged entity. Ron Arnett writes in his book Dialogic Education, that communication ethics are the foundation of the communication discipline. Communication ethics are a practical philosophy characterized by a concern for the common good, emphasis on practicing virtuous behaviors, and worked out in specific contexts. This philosophy should guide all that we do as forensics competitors, serving as the guideline for our actions. Plagiarism, falsification, or fabrication of any materials will not be tolerated.
Effectiveness: All the traditional elements of persuasion and public speaking are designed to help students increase their effectiveness of their presentations. The goal of the MSSU forensics squad is to help guide students' choices to maximize learning.
Enjoyment: Competing at the collegiate level should never be without enjoyment. AS the Director of Forensics, my philosophy is to encourage discovery, learning, and a community. I believe it is possible to maximize learning and be very successful at the national level.
Students competing on scholarships must be full time students (at lease 12 hours). They must carry at least a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a semester GPA of at least 2.75. If students violate these standards they will be placed on probation the following semester. If violation of the standard continues while on probation, the student(s) will be dismissed from the forensics squat at MSSU.
Students not on scholarship must adhere to the same rules for academics and must be participating in the academic realm over the 6 hour requirement. Academic eligibility and requirements must also meet guidelines established by the appropriate forensic authority.
Students can request to be reinstated after a semester in which they carry the GPA term and overall requirements.
Sexual harassment directed at an individual can create an uncomfortable or even hostile work or educational environment for everyone. Sexual harassment continues in any environment when those who are aware of it do not intervene (IAW EEO 1983).
Sexual harassment is legally defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submitting to such conduct is made a term of an individual's employment or education (2) submitting to or rejecting such conduct is used in making decisions about an individual's employment or education, or (3) the conduct unreasonably interferes with an individual's work or education performance or creates a hostile environment.
Sexual harassment violates the policy of MSSU. It also violates Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act and may violate state and local laws. MSSU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, status as disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, or sexual orientation. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated. Consider the following options:
The use, distribution, and sale of illicit drugs violate MSSU's guidelines. Any member caught and convicted will be dismissed from the team. Additionally, if the Director of Forensics sees such activity, the student will be dismissed from the team.
As ambassadors of MSSU, we have the responsibility of conducting ourselves within the fine tradition of MSSU. In accordance with the University's guidelines for sanctioned events, alcohol will not be consumed during forensic competitions. Strict adherence for all members is the standard.
Attendance at Meetings
Attendance at team functions is not strictly required but highly recommended. If for some reason you cannot attend team practices or meetings, let the Director of Forensics know the situation. Continued absences of team meetings may result in the revocation of your team member status. Additionally, non-attendance at meetings will affect your Comm 121/321 Forensics Workshop grade.
At MSSU forensics, we try not to air our "dirty laundry" in public. Be nice in rounds to competitors and judges. Do not talk about other teams in public. Complain in the van when it is only us! If you have a problem, I want to hear it from you.