As Currently Written

VII. ELIGIBILITY TO EARN POINTS IN CEDA DEBATE

Section 1: Tournament contestants eligible to earn points are to be officially enrolled, undergraduate students in good standing at the college or university they represent in forensics competition.

A. Contestants are considered “officially enrolled undergraduates” when they are duly registered in accordance with institutional regulations as undergraduate students at the college or university they are representing in competition and are not in possession of a bachelor’s degree.

B. “Good standing” shall be determined by the rules and policies set by the institution the forensics competitor is representing in competition.

C. A graduate student officially enrolled and in good standing may petition the Executive Secretary to compete at the National Tournament and earn CEDA points, for a period of not more than two consecutive time blocks, if the student has not competed in CEDA, NDT, Lincoln-Douglas, NFA, parliamentary, or an equivalent form of debate during his/her undergraduate or high school careers. The Executive Secretary will notify the Director of Forensics tournament directors regarding the outcome of the petition. This does not relieve individual Directors of Forensics from verifying whether the participation of a graduate student is acceptable to individual.

Proposed

VII. ELIGIBILITY TO EARN POINTS IN CEDA DEBATE

Section 1: Tournament contestants eligible to earn points are to be officially enrolled, undergraduate students in good standing at the college or university they represent in forensics competition.

A. Contestants are considered “officially enrolled undergraduates” when they are duly registered in accordance with institutional regulations as undergraduate students at the college or university they are representing in competition and are not in possession of a bachelor’s degree.

B. “Good standing” shall be determined by the rules and policies set by the institution the forensics competitor is representing in competition.

C. A graduate student officially enrolled and in good standing may petition the Executive Secretary to compete at the National Tournament and earn CEDA points, for a period of not more than two consecutive years, if the student has not competed in CEDA, NDT, Lincoln-Douglas, NFA, parliamentary, or an equivalent form of debate during their undergraduate or high school careers.

D. A graduate student officially enrolled and in good standing may petition the Executive Committee to compete during the season and earn CEDA points, for a period of not more than two consecutive years, if the student has not competed in CEDA , NDT, Lincoln-Douglas, NFA, parliamentary, or an equivalent form of debate during their undergraduate or high school careers.

Rationale

I don’t think that the current phrasing makes sense, it currently makes it seem like there isn’t a waiver process for the regular season and only at CEDA nationals.