I. Meetings. In addition to Article IV, Section C.5. of the Charter, the
following govern meeting arrangements:
A. The National Committee shall have a minimum of three meetings each
II. Officers and Duties.
A. Tournament Director. In addition to the Charter duties of Article IV,
1. The Director shall mail to Directors of Debate at all member
institutions information relating to:
a. a roster of membership in the National Committee;
b. the site (if known) and the dates of the National Committee meetings;
c. the site (if known) and dates of the National Tournament;
d. report on any changes in the NDT.
2. The Director shall have responsibility for the preparation and mailing
of the National Tournament booklet.
B. Tournament Host. In addition to the Charter duties in Article IV,
1. the Host must agree to, and provide
documentation of, compliance with the "Hosting Obligations" to the
Committee and Board.
III. Standing Subcommittees. Membership on Standing Subcommittees is not
limited to members of the National Committee.
A. Appeals. Five members responsible for duties specified in Section IV
below and Standing Rule for the Operation of the National Debate Tournament
VIII. Membership on this subcommittee requires attendance at the National
Tournament through the final round. In the case in which members cannot
comply with this provision, and in the case of conflicts under Standing Rule
for the Operation of the National Debate Tournament VIII.B.3.a.(7)., the
Chair of the National Committee may appoint temporary replacements. In the
extreme case in which the Chair cannot function, the Director may appoint temporary
B. Tournament Procedures Advisory Subcommittee. Three members who will be
consulted by the Director if he or she believes that his or her actions will
depart from the normal operating procedures of the National Tournament.
C. Bid Allocation. Three members responsible for collecting the
information and determining allocation of bids among districts according to
the formula contained in the Standing Rules for the Operation of the National
D. Judging Philosophy. Three members responsible for the judging
philosophy booklet, including drafting of guidelines (Standing Rule for the
Operation of the National Debate Tournament III.F.), collecting of submitted
philosophies, editing, publishing, and merchandising of the booklet. Prices
for extra copies and other arrangements must be approved by the Board of
IV. Rules of Procedure.
A. Procedure for Review of District Actions: The following govern
investigations and adjudication under Article III, Section E.2. of the Charter.
1. When potential violations in district policies and procedures come to
the attention of the National Committee Chair, he/she shall forward the
matter to the Subcommittee on Appeals (the Chair or National Committee
Representative of the District in question may not serve on this matter)
which shall be charged with investigating and reporting back to the National
2. After completion of the investigation, the Chair of the Subcommittee
shall forward his/her report, including a definition of changes necessary to
achieve compliance, to the District Committee which may then alter the
policies and procedures before the next meeting of the National Committee.
3. The Subcommittee shall report back to the National Committee at its
next meeting. The report shall include results of its investigation and a
proposal for all changes necessary to bring the policies and procedures into
compliance. The Chair or National Committee Representative shall then report
on any District action in response to the report.
4. The Committee shall vote by secret ballot on the proposals. A
two-thirds vote is required to alter the district policies and procedures. An
affirmative vote should be cast on the basis of non-compliance and not simply
on the merits of the policy or procedure.
5. Actions thus taken by the National Committee shall be subject to change
by the district committee so long as the changes do not once again place the
district in non-compliance.
6. Such actions will become effective in compliance with Article III,
Section C.2.b. of the Charter.
B. Procedures for Subscriber Appeals to National Committee: The following
governs appeal under Article II, Section B.4. of the
1. In cases of appeal under Article II, Section B.4.a., the subscriber shall
present its appeal to the Chair of the National Committee in writing with any
pertinent documentation of charges of violation. The Chair shall proceed with
the process defined in National Committee Standing Rule IV.A., forwarding the
letter and documentation to the Subcommittee Chair. The Subcommittee
investigations shall include an interview with the appellant.
2. In cases of appeal under Article II, Section B.4.b. of the Charter:
a. The appellant(s) shall prepare in writing their proposals for alterations
in district boundaries and justification for the alterations. These
justifications shall relate to the purposes outlined in Article I, Section B;
Article II, Section B; and Article III, Section A of the Charter.
b. These shall be presented to the National Committee and a representative
of the appellant(s) shall have the opportunity to address the Committee and
respond to the questions. The Chair shall then refer the matter to all
c. The committees in the affected districts will then at their next
meeting discuss and make an advisory recommendation to the National
Committee. After all districts have had a chance to consider the change, the
district chairs shall report back to the Chair of the National Committee of
their readiness to report.
d. At the next meeting of the National Committee the District Committee
Chairs or National Representatives shall report on the districts'
deliberations and recommendations. The representation of the appellant(s)
will again have the opportunity to address the Committee and answer questions
in response to the district positions.
e. A simple majority of the National Committee present and voting shall
approve the change.
V. Amendment. These procedures may be altered by majority vote of
Committee members present and voting at any official meeting of the National
Revised by action of the National Debate Tournament Committee, November 19, 1997, Chicago,
Illinois. Revisions incorporated by Arnie Madsen.