[eDebate] Coaching/Mentoring question - how much work is too much?

Kevin Sanchez let_the_american_empire_burn
Sun Jun 24 18:09:07 CDT 2007

sue peterson asks 
(http://www.ndtceda.com/pipermail/edebate/2007-June/071414.html), "Do you 
have rules for research and/or position writing for the members of your 

the following is article II, section 3 of the american forensics 
association's code of standards, adopted 1982 and last amended 2005, which 
is available here, http://www.americanforensics.org/documents/afacode.html :

"Forensics competitors are expected to do their own research.

A. Persons other than the forensic competitor (undergraduate students, 
graduate students or instructor/coaches) are not to get charged with the 
responsibility for doing a forensics competitor's research.

B. This provision shall not be construed to prevent coaches or assistants 
from engaging in limited research designed to:
i. teach research techniques,
ii. provide limited examples of high quality research,
iii. identify areas of research which students should pursue, and
iv. provide the coach with the working knowledge necessary to function as 
effective critic with respect to the debate or speech topics being 
investigated by his/her students."

_ sue asks, "If so, what are the consequences?"

article V, section 7 :"Forensics squads found guilty of using 
non-competitors for primary research purposes will have a note of censure 
published in the AFA Newsletter, with written notice of the censure 
communicated by the AFA President to appropriate officials at the offending 
school. The squad will be barred from national competitions sponsored in 
whole or in part by the AFA for a period of 12 calendar months from the date 
when the Educational Development and Practices Committee ruled the school to 
be in violation of this part of the Code."

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