Bellevue College Speech and Debate Participation Agreement Form

We want a successful, safe, and fun program. Please read this form carefully. You are expected to understand and adhere to the expectations noted below. Following the below expectations is required in order to participate on the Bellevue College Speech and Debate Program. Further, you should encourage others on our program to adhere to these expectations, you should discourage and attempt to stop violations of these expectations, and you should inform the head coaches about violations of these expectations so that problems are prevented, addressed, and our team is the successful, safe, and fun environment we want.

The term “participants” refers to students, judges, and coaches taking part in the Bellevue College Speech and Debate Program.

Technology Use: Participants are expected to follow Bellevue College’s Ethical Use of Information Technology. See:

Eligibility: We want a diverse and academically engaged team. Participants will maintain academic eligibility. Participants should regularly attend courses, complete class assignments on time and with high quality work, and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA. Further, participants will keep professors apprised of speech and debate absences and will makeup work for their classes in coordination with their professors. You should be a positive force in your classes; use discussion to provide comments helpful to class discussions—avoiding arguing and either talking too much or too little. See:

Spending Team Money: We want finances spent ethically and for the purposes of the program. Participants will not seek to charge any expenditure to Bellevue College except those that are 1) pre-approved by the head coaches; 2) are explicitly for the educational or business purpose of the speech and debate program; AND 3) must be receipted and explained. Expenditures for personal purposes are never reimbursed including for clothing, toiletries, medicines, personal use of vehicles, etc.

No alcohol, drugs: We want responsible, safe, professional environments for our participants. Participants will not use alcohol nor illicit drugs nor drug paraphernalia nor engage in any crime at any Bellevue College Speech and Debate program events including from beginning of travel to end of travel for tournaments and off campus events as well as on campus events and any social events or meetings with recruits. Participants will remove themselves from any area or room in which alcohol or illicit drugs are being used or paraphernalia is visible except that participants may remain at the non-bar portion of an alcohol licensed restaurant. Students will not drink nor use illicit drugs nor view drug paraphernalia nor commit any crime with a coach or judge at any time, including social events and non-Bellevue College sponsored events. The program sponsors no parties with alcohol or drugs; furthermore, social events among team members shall not be called debate/speech/forensics events/parties as they are not events/parties affiliated in any way with the program.

Romantic/Sexual Relationships: Students may not initiate romantic/sexual interactions with recruits visiting Bellevue College including at off-campus official team events such as tournaments. Students should be aware that coaches or judges that are hired by Bellevue College may not be in any form of a romantic/sexual relationship with a student.

Comfortable Environment: We want and expect participants to treat other participants on the program and those from other colleges and universities with respect and support. Participants will not engage in any harassment or discrimination. Participants may disagree with the views of others but they will not verbally or physically attack other persons. Participants will not disparage nor treat poorly nor interfere with any person from making a claim of discrimination or harassment. The below are statements of Bellevue College’s policy concerning assuring a comfortable environment:

It is the policy of Bellevue College (College) to provide a working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. This policy expressly prohibits conduct that discriminates against individuals or groups based on their race or ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, marital or family status, sexual orientation including gender identity or expression, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

This policy also prohibits retaliation directed at any individual who reports or files a claim of discrimination or harassment, or who participates in an investigation of a claim of discrimination or harassment. Any member of the college community who is found to have engaged in unlawful discrimination, harassment or retaliation is subject to appropriate corrective or disciplinary action in accordance with applicable college policies and collective bargaining agreements.

Scope of Policy

This policy prohibits discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory conduct occurring on the college campus, in college facilities (including vehicles), and at any college-sponsored event or activity, whether on or off campus (such as social functions, athletic events, celebrations, conferences, etc.). Messages or communications sent or downloaded by an employee or student through the college’s electronic or telephone communication systems are also subject to the college’s anti-discrimination policies.

This policy does not alter or modify laws applicable to the legitimate exercise of academic freedom or constitutional rights.


Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It occurs in a variety of situations which share a common element: the inappropriate introduction of sexual activities or comments into the work or learning situation. Often, sexual harassment involves relationships of unequal power, and contains elements of coercion—as when compliance with requests for sexual favors becomes a criterion for granting work, study, or grading benefits. However, sexual harassment may also involve relationships among equals, as when repeated sexual advances or demeaning verbal behavior have a harmful effect on a person's ability to study or work in the academic setting.

For general policy purposes, the term "sexual harassment" may include, without limitation, such behavior as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other physical or verbal conduct and expressive behavior of a sexual nature where:

·        Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education.

·        Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment decisions affecting that individual.

·        Such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or demeaning employment or educational environment.

The college recognizes its moral, ethical, and legal responsibilities regarding sexual harassment and will take appropriate action to rid the institution of such conduct.

No Hazing:  Any student can participate on the Bellevue College Speech and Debate Program so long as that student is eligible and adheres to the program’s and school’s expectations. To that end, participants will not engage in any hazing or initiation rituals. The below is from Bellevue College’s policy prohibiting hazing.


Hazing is prohibited. Hazing means any method of initiation into a student organization or living group or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization or living group that causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical harm, or serious mental or emotional harm, to any student or other person attending any institution of higher education or post-secondary institution

Treating host facilities and others right: We want our team to be respectful of our communities. Participants will treat hotels, schools, rental vehicles, and restaurants including their associated staff members with care and courteous behavior. Participants will avoid loud noise and disruptive behavior at schools, during debates/speeches, and at hotels. Participants will not argue with judges about decisions. Participants will clean areas where the program congregates at tournaments, van and rental vehicles we use, and classrooms we use on campus for practice sessions.

Hotel Rooming Policy: Students will be placed into a hotel room based on student preference and gender. No one but Bellevue College students participating at the tournament may be in our hotel rooms. Participants should contact one of the head coaches as soon as possible if an issue arises requiring a room change or adjustment. Participants will not move from their assigned room without the permission of a staff member unless there is an emergency. Participants must be in their room and not leave after the curfew time established by the head coaches. At curfew, participants understand that their room may be inspected by a head coach to assure adherence to team guidelines.

Driving to and from Tournaments, Events, Practices Off Campus: Drivers will drive safely per Bellevue College’s driving expectations to avoid any danger and to provide a comfortable and safe ride for participants. Riders will respect the driver’s need to concentrate on driving safely by not distracting the driver. Those who ride separately from the team or stay at a location other than the arranged hotel/location at a tournament, will inform the College on the travel application form.

Working with the coaches: We want you to improve as much as you can, working with coaches cooperatively. Students should arrive to practice and research sessions as well as tournaments on time and be productive and seek to improve. If you will be late or cannot attend, do at least two of these: post a note near the room, email, text, or facebook, to communicate that. Students should work with coaches or on their own and work without disrupting others. Participants will be honest in their dealings with each other on the program. Students and coaches will work to solve problems including events in which they may have done something wrong. Students are welcome to provide comments for coaches to improve; harsh criticisms are not productive to that end.

Preparation Work: We want to students to engage in speech and debate to progress. Students are expected to practice at least once a week in the weeks leading up to a tournament. Students are expected to prepare short research assignments for their debate topics. Students are expected to participate in all of their debates and speaking events at tournaments. All along, students are expected to work to improve, to become the best they can be.

No Plagiarism: Participants will honestly and accurately cite specific ideas originated by others when appropriate citation is expected in debates and speeches. While argumentation can include embellishment and framing of information for persuasive goals, participants will not fabricate or lie about facts.

Dress: The program encourages “nice casual” to “business professional” attire that is attuned to the style the participant prefers. Clothing that is wrinkled or dirty, that has messages that demean others (though it may disagree with others), or that is worn by most people primarily only at social functions is not appropriate. Participants should bathe/shower and wear fresh clothes each day for tournaments and practice sessions.

Maintaining Contact: Good communication is important to our team. Participants are expected to check the Bellevue College Speech and Debate Facebook page each day, preferably two or three times a day, and should respond to emails/texts/e-messages sent by coaches and other team members promptly. Phone messages should be returned. Such contact and responsiveness is needed to maximize coach and other student educational objectives.

I _______________________________________ (print your first and last name), agree on this date of _____________________ that I understand and will follow and encourage others to follow the above Bellevue College Speech and Debate Program Expectations. Further, I know that I should discourage violations of these expectations, and that I should inform the head coaches of any violations of these expectations.