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National Forensics Association Fall Ballot Results

posted Dec 11, 2017, 11:09 PM by Megan Koch

97 Member Schools (6 nonvoting schools)

91 Voting schools

73 Schools returned ballots although not voting on all proposals

18 schools abstained by not returning a ballot


*61 out of 91 needed for Constitutional Change

**46 out of 91 needed for Bylaw Change


Constitution/Bylaws Amendments reflecting Current Practices (4 proposals)

*71- FOR                     Ratifying the current Octafinal Implementation Plan     (PASSED)          

 2-AGAINST             This plan must be ratified in order for the constitution and bylaws to reflect current

18-ABSTAIN             practice of offering Octafinals at NFA.



**68-FOR                        Proposal for LD Sweepstakes                                      (PASSED)

4-AGAINST                These bylaw changes reflect current practice for tabulation of LD Sweepstakes.



**70-FOR                         Proposal for Team Sweepstakes Tiebreakers               (PASSED)

  2-AGAINST               These bylaw changes reflect current practice of breaking ties for Team  

19-ABSTAIN                 Sweepstakes.


*63-FOR                           Continuing the practice of Novice Finals                     (PASSED)

10-AGAINST                These changes to both the bylaws and the constitution would continue the

18- ABSTAIN               practice of having Novice Finals at NFA


Proposals for Ethics and Inclusivity (3 proposals)

**65- FOR                        Proposal to Prevent Discriminatory Comments on Ballots  (PASSED)

7-AGAINST                 These changes to the code of ethics in the bylaws discourages discriminatory

19-ABSTAIN                 comments on ballots.


**61- FOR                     Proposal to Add Sanctions                                           (PASSED) 

10-AGAINST               These changes to the code of ethics in the bylaw allow for round reversal as part

20-ABSTAIN                of sanctions against an LD violation and also allow for removing a judge from

                                    the tournament for judge conduct violations.


**59-FOR                     Proposal for Language Inclusivity                                (PASSED)

13-AGAINST               This proposal to the bylaws strikes the phrase “all events must be presented in the

19-ABSTAIN                English Language”.


Proposals to change NFA Championship Tournament Practices   (ALL WILL BE IN PLACE FOR THE 2018 NFA National Championship Tournament)

**61-FOR                     NFA POI Proposal                                          (PASSED)

11-AGAINST               This proposal changes the bylaws and allows POI to be added as an NFA event.



**68-FOR                         Pentathlon Proposal                                        (PASSED)

5-AGAINST                  This bylaw proposal would require students entered in pentathlon to compete in

18-ABSTAIN                at least two of the three genres (base on the fact that if POI is added, there would

                                    be 5 interpretation events)


**66- FOR                    Seeding Proposal                                                         (PASSED)

 5-AGAINST                This bylaw proposal would change the current seeding system to a snaked

20-ABSTAIN                 seeding for outrounds.


**58-FOR                          NFA LD Warm Room Proposal                      (PASSED)

14-AGAINST               This change to the bylaws would allow for posting of results for preliminary

19-ABSTAIN                rounds of LD during the National Tournament.



**66-FOR                       Proposal for Fair Judging Practices                (PASSED)

5-AGAINST                 This proposal would change the bylaws to reflect the unspoken norm of judges

20-ABSTAIN                waiting until they have been removed from a school for 2 years before judging

                                       that school.


**54-FOR                      Proposal to Lock President's Sweepstakes         (PASSED)

18-AGAINST               This bylaw proposal would change the current system of establishing the team

19-ABSTAIN                sweepstakes categories based on percentage of schools to just a set number of


Voting for Proposals begin November 28 and end December 8

posted Nov 27, 2017, 12:38 PM by Karen Morris

Voting begins from November 28 (evening) until December 8 (midnight). 
NFA Voting delegates have received directions from Karen. Voting will occur on SpeechWire.
 A complete list of voting delegates can be found at…/nationa…/about-nfa/member-schools.

Student Story Project

posted Nov 20, 2017, 12:42 PM by Karen Morris

Forensics Students, Coaches, and Graduate Assistants:

My name is Shannon Flory, the Junior Representative of NFA. The National Council has started an Ad Hoc Committee for something called the Student Story Project or Narrative Project. As the chair, I want to introduce the members of this committee: Dani SoibelmanBailey RungDecker O'DonnellLily Schwab, and Abbey Toye! The Student Story Project is a committee which collects the forensics experience narratives of a variety of intercollegiate students for the purpose of sharing with high school students the advantages of continuing forensics life after high school. Abbey is currently working on a website in one of her classes to house these narratives. This project is not just about NFA, and we will be reaching out to students from other national tournaments, as well. If you are interested in this project, you can be a part of it! How has forensics changed your life? Why do you continue in this activity? Big question, but I am sure you all have something to say. Write a narrative (that is one to two pages) or make a video (2-5 minutes). Tell your story, and convince others to keep telling theirs! Email these narratives to me at  If you choose to make a video, please record it horizontally for uploading purposes. Feel free to create a video alongside a teammate or friends! Spread the word to your teammates, students, and friends among other teams and organizations. Progress from the committee will be shared when available. Please take part in this opportunity to be a part of the forensics legacy.


Shannon Flory

Nominate Alumni to the NFA Hall of Fame

posted Nov 11, 2017, 11:34 AM by Megan Koch

The Hall of Fame committee is seeking nominations for 2018 class of inductees.  More information, including the nomination form, is available here.  Nominations are due to Dr. Schnoor by December 15.

NFA Programs at the National Communication Association Conference

posted Sep 13, 2017, 12:17 PM by Megan Koch   [ updated Oct 28, 2017, 9:10 AM ]

We are excited to announce the programs that have been accepted for the 2017 NCA Convention in Dallas, TX.  Click here for the full list.

Posting and Discussion Schedule for the NFA Proposal Facebook Group

posted Sep 4, 2017, 4:15 PM by Karen Morris   [ updated Sep 4, 2017, 4:20 PM ]



Committee on President’s Sweepstakes - Proposal to Lock Presidents (9/4/17  to  9/14/17)

Tournament Committee -Proposal to add POI (9/4/17  to 9/14/17)

EDI Committee- Proposal for Language Inclusivity  ( 9/18/17 to 9/28/17)

Ethics Committee -Proposal to Add Sanctions for Violations  ( 9/18/17  to 9/28/17)

Ethics Committee -Edits to the NFA Code of Ethics   (10/2/17  to 10/12/17)

Committee on Fair Judging Practices  -Proposal for fair judging practices  (10/2/17  to 10/12/17)

Committee on Seeding  - Proposal is coming soon  (10/2/17 to 10/12/17)

Tournament Committee -Proposal for Novice Finals (10/16/17 to 10/26/17)

Constitution Committee - Cap Octa Points Proposal  (10/16/17 to 10/26/17 )

All Agenda Items for the NFA Business Meeting on November 18th must be sent to Megan Koch by Friday-November 3rd.

2017-2018 LD Resolution Announced

posted Jul 1, 2017, 7:36 AM by Karen Morris

The winning 2017-2018 NFA-LD Resolution is:

Resolved: the United States federal government should substantially increase the regulation of state and/or local police misconduct in the United States.

There were a total of 41 schools voting in this year's balloting--an excellent turn out and close race.  Thank you to all of the schools who participated in the process.   The full results are listed below:

1st place with 133 points:   C.  Resolved:  the United States federal government should substantially increase the regulation of state and/or local police misconduct in the United States.

2nd place with 131 points:   A.  Resolved: the United States federal government should adopt a policy to substantially improve prison conditions in the United States

3rd place with 126 points:   E.  Resolved: the United States federal government should substantially strengthen the 5th and/or 6th  amendment protections of criminal defendants in the United States.

4th place with 116 points:  B.   Resolved: the Supreme Court of the United States should substantially expand the constitutional protections of criminal defendants in one or more of the following areas: self-incrimination, right to counsel, and/or criminal jury selection.

5th place with 109 points:  D.  Resolved: the United States federal government should substantially restrict one or more of the following: the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

May 2017 Newsletter

posted May 18, 2017, 12:13 PM by Karen Morris

  Results are in for the NFA At-Large Run–Off Election

Voting closed on May 15th for the Run Off Election for the open NFA At-Large Representative Position and the NFA LD Resolution.  Congrats to University of Northern Iowa’s Sade Barfield as she will begin serving in this open position.  The winning LD Resolution will be announced on July 1st.


  Call for NFA  Committee Volunteers

Want to have a voice in NFA? We need coaches to volunteer to serve on the many standing and ad hoc committees.  If you would be willing to serve on any of these committees.  Please let Karen Morris know by   May 25th.   A complete description of the  committees can be found at


        Awards Committee                                                    Hall of Fame Committee

        Constitution Committee                                             Impromptu Committee

        Ethics Committee                                                      Research Committee

        Extemporaneous Committee                                     Social Media Committee


       Ad Hoc Committee for Assigned Seeding in Out Rounds

       Ad Hoc Committee to Lock Presidents Sweepstakes

       Ad Hoc Committee on NFA Fair Judging Practice

       *NEW Ad Hoc Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusiveness


   Items that Passed at the NFA Business Meeting in April

Click the following links to read the specific proposals we passed at NFA

All of these can be found at

      Proposal on Electronic Voting

     Statement of Inclusion Only from the Proposed Edits tothe NFA Code of Ethics (blue highlights)

      Proposal for changing IE Out round judging panel restrictions with addition of “and no more than one judge from  any one school”

    Items that will be open for discussion before NCA:                                 The General Business Meeting at NFA unfortunately had more business than    meeting time.  So many members participated in active discussion of           the  proposals and issues on the agenda.  To make our meetings more productive, we  ask that members discuss agenda  items prior to the NCA              meeting.  Once committees have been established based on volunteers,   discussion on the following items will be posted via facebook.  Committee          chairs will facilitate the discussion.  Let your voice be heard.

              From Committees

              Proposed Edits to the NFA Code of Ethics

                 Proposal to Add Sanctions for Violations

                   Proposal to Lock Presidents 

                  Proposal to address fair judging practices 

                      Proposal to Renew Novice Finals

           From Members

                      Proposal for Language Inclusivity in Event Descriptions 

                           Proposal to add Program Oral Interpretation 

                           Cap Octafinals Sweepstakes Points Proposal 



Minutes can be found for the GBM at

The NFA Statement on Student Travel and Safety can be found at:


NFA Video Links to the 2017 NFA Final Rounds were emailed to the Designated Voting Delegate for NFA Member Schools . 

Remember the Links are for member schools only.



posted May 3, 2017, 9:08 AM by Megan Koch   [ updated May 3, 2017, 9:12 AM ]

The National Forensic Association (NFA) is an academic association dedicated to providing leadership in intercollegiate speech and debate education in the United States.  The NFA sponsors the annual collegiate national championship in Individual Events and Lincoln Douglas Debate during April.  The NFA is committed to expanding and enhancing collegiate educational opportunities in speech communication nationwide.  The Association is governed by a National Council comprised of elected faculty members from member institutions.

 The National Forensic Association adheres to the following statement of inclusion as adopted as part of the NFA Bylaws as of 4/15/17:

The NFA embraces human diversity as a core value. We express this value best in the inclusion and affirmation of the various identity groups to which our members and participants belong. This commitment to inclusiveness embraces identities and social roles that arise from but are not limited to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, or ability status. We affirm and uphold the right to basic human dignity and respect across these diverse forms of human expression.  Participation in NFA events is by invitation. As such, NFA is firmly committed to maintaining an environment that is free from acts that are inconsistent with the inclusiveness it seeks to foster. When actions deemed contrary to this core value are reported to the Tournament Director, the behavior will be investigated promptly, and appropriate remedial actions will be taken.

Therefore, actions taken by the current administration, including the Executive Orders 13768, 13780 and resulting increased ICE activity are of significant concern to the National Forensic Association National Council.  Given forensic participation requires extensive travel, we understand that those in our community who may be impacted are coping with fear of harassment, detention, and deportation as a result of these new policies.  The National Council encourages members of the forensic community to protect and support those impacted by these policies. The following organizations provide resources to assist those who believe their rights are being violated:


· We Stand With Our Students:


· American Immigration Lawyers Association:

The NFA National Council implores our forensic educators and forensics competitors to use their critical thinking skills and the preceding resources to help protect the individuals who encounter actions that lead to oppression and detainment when trying to participate in forensic tournaments hosted nationwide.  As stated earlier, the NFA welcomes all, but know that the NFA will always stand against oppression, exclusion, racism, sexism and any other act that divides us.  We welcome all, now and always.

2017 NFA Extemp Themes

posted Mar 28, 2017, 6:21 PM by Megan Koch

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