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2019 NFA Video Links Delayed

posted Aug 30, 2019, 2:46 PM by Megan Koch   [ updated Aug 30, 2019, 2:50 PM ]


I was hoping that I would have been able to send the Video Links for the Final Rounds at the 2019 NFA to the NFA voting delegates at the close of this summer, but unfortunately that is not the case.  The 2019 NFA Video Links will not be available until a bit closer to the middle or end of the semester.  For those of you asking about the links, rest assure you have not missed the email with the links. 

Why The Delay?

Although our 2019 Videographer, Hanna Trew was able to record all of the rounds with some form of camera and microphone during the tournament, she was not appointed as an editor. We are thrilled that a faculty member from the University of Central Missouri has agreed to edit the rounds.  Remember that this is a new process for us (assigning someone other than the host to record and edit those recordings).  Our new editor is taking some needed time to ensure the audio has a cleaner sound. As part of the editing process, we have also asked our editor to add content warnings (both visual and auditory) to certain performances and we are also adding closed captioning to each recordingThis is taking a bit more time than we anticipated. Getting through this process this year, should give us a more accurate timeline next year.


Who Gets the Links?

An email with the links will come from me and be sent to the designated voting delegate for all NFA schools.  We ask that you do not post the links, but only share them with members from your NFA school.  The links can be shared without paying copyright fees because the performances are shared within a closed membership.  When your school paid their 2019-2020 dues at the 2019 NFA, you were asked to provide the name and email address of your school’s voting delegate.   As always, there are quite a few staff changes since May. Please check the NFA Member page on the NFA Website to see who has been designated as your school’s voting delegate.  If a change in voting delegate needs to be made, please contact me with the changes at []


Can I Join NFA?

If you are not currently a member of NFA, but would like to join so you can get the links to the videos, you can visit the NFA Membership Page to find information about joining NFA.  Any Individual or school can become a member of NFA--details can be found on the NFA membership page. 



Thank you for your patience and I will send out the links as soon as they are available.


Karen Morris

NFA President


LGBTQ+ Resources

posted Nov 26, 2018, 11:29 PM by Megan Koch

The EDI has prepared the following infographic  to assist LGBTQ+ competitors.  Thanks to Clayton Frankel (Bradley) for his assistance to the committee.  For a downloadable PDF of this graphic, visit the Equity Diversity and Inclusion info page.

2019 National Tournament Impromptu Schema

posted Nov 15, 2018, 3:56 PM by Megan Koch   [ updated Dec 10, 2018, 9:24 AM ]

Thank you to Impromptu Committee for their work in preparing the Impromptu Schema for the 2019 National Tournament.  To see the full schema description and examples for 2019, please click here.  To see examples used in outrounds of previous National Tournaments, please click here.

NFA Panels at the 2018 NCA Convention

posted Aug 6, 2018, 12:35 PM by Megan Koch

We are pleased to have five panel slots at the 2018 NCA Convention at Salt Lake City in addition to our General Business Meeting.  The full list of NFA panels is available here.

2018-2019 LD Resolution Announced

posted Jul 2, 2018, 1:17 PM by Megan Koch

After six months of work, the 2018-2019 season begins!   The NFA Council would like to give our sincere thanks to outgoing LD Chair John Boyer, members of the 2017-2018 LD Committee, incoming LD Chair Chad Meadows and everyone who wrote, reviewed and refined the topic papers and potential resolutions.   To join the discussion about the new resolution and the next-outs, please visit:

Recent Ballot Results

posted Jun 9, 2018, 3:04 PM by Karen Morris

The most recent ballot contained:

*proposals which had moved through the amendment process

*2018-2019 LD Resolution options

 The 2018-2019 Resolution will be announced on July 1stHowever, the results of the votes on the four proposals on the ballot are below.

Amendments to the bylaws need a majority vote of the membership to pass and amendments to the constitution need a 2/3’s vote of the membership to pass.  NFA currently has 82 member schools who have designated a voting delegate. 

An amendment to the bylaws must receive 42 yes votes to pass

An amendment to the constitution must receive 54 votes to pass

Proposal to Cap Elimination Round Sweepstakes Points   

Regardless of the number of entries, each school receives the sweepstakes points for its top three           contestants in preliminary rounds in each event.  No more than three contestants from each  school may earn points in the octafinal, quarterfinal, and semifinal rounds in each event.  Schools will receipt sweepstakes points for all finalist.

Bylaw Amendments (needs 42 votes to pass)

57    schools voted             YES—30 votes               NO—27 votes                   FAILS

 Code of Ethics The goal of this proposal is to add the values and ethics manifested in the             National Forensic Association community to the NFA Bylaws.

Bylaw Amendments (needs 42 votes to pass)

56    schools voted                   YES - 51 votes              NO - 5 votes            PASSES

Code of Standards Currently, we have a code of ethics that can sanction students for ethical       violations.  In response to the community’s concern that sanctioning for ethical violations (often grey areas) may penalize students and judges unfairly, we have proposed that the current Code of Ethics be changed to the Code of Standards.  These standards are also edited in response to the community discussion.  The committee edited the language to reflect clearer standards that NFA has for students and judges.  Additionally, this version removes the AFA Code of Ethics, as this proposal presents standards for the NFA community.

Bylaw Amendments (needs 42 votes to pass)

55 schools voted                    YES - 42 votes           NO - 13 votes             PASSES

Proposal to make both the EDI and the Social Committees Standing NFA committees

 These committees have been active for several years. The importance and regularity of their     work warrants permanent committee status.

Constitution Amendment (need 54 votes to pass)

58 schools votes                     YES-55 votes             NO-3 votes                 PASSES

Welcome Your Newest NFA National Council Members and  LD Committee Members

posted Jun 9, 2018, 3:00 PM by Karen Morris   [ updated Oct 13, 2018, 6:18 AM ]

Although the results of the latest election were announced at the NFA General Business Meeting and on Facebook, we would like to officially welcome those new individuals and returning members to service to the NFA.

Re-Elected to serve on the NFA National Council

President-Karen Morris, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire    

Secretary/Treasurer -Megan Koch, Illinois State University

At-Large Representative-Lisa Roth, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Elected to serve on the NFA National Council

LD Representative -Chad Meadows, Western Kentucky University

At-Large Representative -Mike Storr, Ball State University

Graduate Student Representative -Tanya Melendez, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Junior Student Representative -Craig Heyne, Illinois State University

Appointed to serve out a vacated term on the NFA National Council

Vice President of Professional Relations-Nikki Freeman, University of Central Missouri        

Elected to serve on the NFA Lincoln-Douglas Committee

John Boyer, Lafayette College

Sue Peterson, California State University-Chico

Stephanie Eisenberg Todd, Chabot College

LaKiyah Sain, Wiley College (student representative)

2018 National Championship Disqualifications in Novice Extemp and Novice Impromptu

posted Jun 9, 2018, 2:58 PM by Karen Morris

After the final rounds of Novice Extemp and Novice Impromptu, eligibility challenges were brought to the National Tournament Committee.  In both cases, the claim was that a student in each event did not meet NFA’s definition of a novice.  After reaching out to both students and their coaches, the Tournament Committee found that both students had competed on the high school level in individual events.  NFA bylaws state that students must be in their first year of competition, including high school and collegiate experience to be eligible for novice events.  The National Tournament Committee reported their findings on these challenges to the National Council who convened during the tournament to discuss the charges. The National Council found unanimously that a violation of eligibility did occur in both cases.  Both students were eligible to compete at the tournament but not eligible to compete in novice events.  The National Council agreed unanimously that the penalties for these violations should come from the list of penalties involving a specific event and not involving eligibility of competing at the NFA National Championship Tournament.  The bylaws say that for violations involving a specific event, the penalties will be selected from the following: 

      A.   Disqualification from the event in question;

      B.   Issuance of letter(s) of censure to the individual(s) and/or institution(s) in violation;

      C.   Issuance of letter(s) of reprimand to the individual(s) and/or the institution(s) in violation;

      D.  Disallowance of sweepstakes points or honors achieved in the event in question.

      E.   Prohibition from attendance at future national competitions.

F.   In the case of Lincoln Douglas Debate, a round result reversal in the round

      challenged with an ethical violation.

The National Council again unanimously agreed to impose ONLY sanction A and disqualify both students from these novice event finals.  Disqualifying the student in Novice Extemp dropped the number of entries in this event from 11 to 10. Only awarding the top five eligible speakers in Novice Extemp still respects the rule that no more than 50% of the non-advancing field will be awarded. However, disqualifying the student in Novice Impromptu dropped the number of entries in this event from 16 to 15. Awarding only the top five speakers in this event did not honor the 50% rule.  Since the Novice Impromptu Final had already occurred at the time the sanction had been issued, the National Council voted to acknowledge the student who was next out into the final round of Novice Impromptu. 

Congratulations to Luisa Gunn from Lafayette College who will receive an NFA Novice Impromptu Finalist plaque.

Moving forward, students who enter the NFA National Championship Tournaments as novice must sign a form certifying that they have never competed in high school or intercollegiate forensics in prior years. This form must be turned in with the student verification sheet at registration. This practice should help to remind students and coaches of NFA’s definition of novice going forward so that we honor those eligible to compete in these novice events.

2018 NFA Community College Champion Named

posted Jun 9, 2018, 2:56 PM by Karen Morris

We are pleased to announce East Los Angeles College as the 2018 NFA National Community College Champions. The NFA Community College Award is a relatively new tradition. The proposal establishing the award spells out that it should be presented to the top five community college teams entered in the National Championship Tournament, but never recognize more than 50 % of the field. At the 2018 NFA Championship Tournament, there was only one school clearly identified in individual events as a community college. With only one community college entered in individual events, no trophy was presented at the 2018 National Championship Tournament. At the end of the tournament, East Los Angeles College self-identified as a community college, thus changing the eligibility of awarding a community college award. Our apologies for not recognizing East Los Angeles for this honor at the awards assembly. A plaque has been ordered and mailed to the school.  In addition, the NFA National Championship invitation now requests schools enter their status as a four-year or two-year institution during the registration process.

National Forensic Journal - new issue available

posted Jan 5, 2018, 11:29 AM by Megan Koch

Letter from our Journal Editor.  The new issue can be found at:

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