Official Contest Rules

Submit a video of approximately 90 seconds in length  that tells the story of people displaying civility during times of stress; being caring and kind toward others even when they come from different backgrounds or don't know each other.

Capture the essence of the story in a creative video that reflects the spirit of civility and kindness at a very difficult time.

To submit, please:

  1. Upload your video (max 90 seconds) to Youtube
  2. Include "Duquesne University" and "Civil Discourse" as tags.
  3. E-mail your posted video's YouTube URL to

Send in submissions any time before the deadline of Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Prizes: Winners will be selected by President Ken Gormley. 20 prizes of $200 each for selected videos. Entrants may only win one time, regardless of the number of entries.

Eligibility is open to any current Duquesne University student in a credit-bearing course at Duquesne University (hereinafter "Entrants"). This includes graduate, undergraduate, part-time and full-time students.

Entries: Entrants may submit as many video-entries as they wish, each video should be a new/different story. 

Entrants agree to be bound by these official contest rules, guidelines, terms and conditions.

Copyright: All content should be original, user generated content and should be free of copyrighted material, including music, photos, etc. By participating in the contest, Entrants represent and warrant that:

a. The content of their video is original and was solely created by the Entrant, and all right, title and interest in the content is exclusively owned and/or controlled by the Entrant;

b. The content does not infringe the intellectual property or other statutory or common law rights of any third party (including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, publicity, or privacy rights); and

c. The University's or its partners' use and re-use of the entry will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party, or require any payment to or consent/permission from any third party.


  • Videos should be recorded in horizontal format
  • Videos should include closed captioning
  • Videos should be submitted as public
  • Videos should tag Duquesne University and Civil Discourse

Compensation: The only compensation for submitting a video is the opportunity to be awarded a prize if the entry wins. Duquesne University WILL NOT PAY filmmakers any additional compensation nor be liable to the filmmaker or participants in the video under any circumstances.

Upon submission, Duquesne obtains a non-exclusive, universal license to use, copy, modify or make derivative works, transmit, distribute, publicly perform, publish, delete, edit, or display such submission, or any portion thereof into perpetuity on any media. Entrants further grants to Duquesne the right to use, reproduce and publish the name, image and/or likeness of the Entrant and any person that may appear in the video submission.

Duquesne University intends to share as many submissions as possible through a variety of available channels, even beyond the prize winners.

Students should keep at least one copy of their video. Duquesne University is not responsible for any videos that are lost, damaged, or that do not upload properly.

Please maintain appropriate social distancing and take appropriate measures to protect yourself and others.

All Entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold Duquesne University and all Duquesne employees, agents, officers, and contractors harmless against any and all claims, liability, damages, demands, causes of action, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that Entrants and/or third parties may have arising from this contest, including, but not limited to any claim or cause of action for defamation, copyright infringement, invasion of privacy rights, or any similar matter.

YouTube is not a sponsor of this contest and users release YouTube from any and all liability related to this contest. This contest complies with YouTube Community Guidelines and entries which don't comply will be disqualified. This contest will abide by all disclosures required by all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations, including U.S. sanctions. This contest is wholly compliant and consistent with the YouTube Terms of Service.

Privacy Policy: Information provided by you for purposes of this submission is bound by Duquesne University's privacy policy. Duquesne University will not sell, license, transmit or disclose private information provided by you outside of Duquesne University unless (a) expressly authorized by you, (b) necessary to enable Duquesne University contractors or agents to perform certain functions for us or (c) required or permitted by law. In all cases, we will disclose the information consistent with applicable laws and regulations and we will require the recipient to protect the information and use it only for the purpose it was provided.

Content must NOT: 1) promote illegal behavior; 2) support racial, religious, sexual or other prejudice; 3) advocate sexual or violent exploitation; 4) violate rights established by law or agreement; 5) invade the privacy of any person; 6) contain any situations which expose any persons appearing in the video to physical injury; or 7) contain violence, nudity, obscenity, profanity, or be otherwise inappropriate nor show Duquesne University in a way that could lead to public disrespect, shame, ridicule or otherwise negatively impact its reputation, as determined by the University.   Duquesne University reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and terminate, suspend, cancel or modify the Contest and award the prizes from among all eligible entries received as of the date of termination if for any reason this Contest is not capable of running as planned due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, fraud, unauthorized intervention, technical failures or other causes beyond the control of Duquesne University .