Written Event Screening

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Eastern Michigan University

These requirements are in effect for written events submitted to Michigan DECA. These requirements are in addition to the guidelines set by National DECA. Merit and Chapter Award Program Guidelines are listed separately.

      1. Only one copy of each written event needs to be submitted in the specified official DECA folio, which is noted in the event’s guidelines. If it is not in the proper folio, Michigan DECA will place it in a folio at a charge of five (5) times the current list price. Please note, that if the event is received in an improper binder, that binder will not be returned.
      2. All written events (except the Chapter Awards Program) will also need to be uploaded to TurnItIn by the chapter advisor by Saturday February 18 by 10:00am so that it can be reviewed for plagiarism. All written events that have not been submitted to TurnItIn by the deadline will be penalized 10 points, and given 3 days to be submitted. If not submitted within the 3 day extension window, the entry will be disqualified. Complete instructions on how to upload projects are posted on this page.
      3. All students competing at the State Conference MUST be included on the chapter’s registration form.
      4. The national DECA Statement of Assurances (page 73 of the National DECA Guide) certifying the originality of the work must be signed by the advisor and the student before the event is submitted. The Statement of Assurances must be the first page of each entry. Only those students whose name appears on the Statement of Assurances and have been included on the chapter’s registration form will be allowed to compete in the event.
      5. Entries must be in the following order: completed and signed Statement of Assurances, Cover Page, then the actual event following the guidelines set by DECA. (Note – do not include evaluation forms.)
      6. Entries with more than fifteen (15) penalty points will not be judged and the student(s) will not be allowed to attend the conference if they are not competing in another event.
      7. Any project that receives penalty points at the State Conference must be corrected prior to being submitted at the International Conference.
      8. All chapter advisors with a student entering a Written Event, Chapter Awards Project, or Merit Award Project, need to attend and assist (or pay the screening fee) with the Written Event Screening on Saturday, February 18, 2017. This includes written projects that have advanced on from a district conference. Advisors assisting may bring their events to the screening. Advisors with written events who are unable to attend the screening will be required to pay a $50.00 screening fee. The screening will be held at Eastern Michigan University.
      9. Advisors assisting with the screening should arrive no earlier than 9:30 a.m. and no later than 10:00 a.m.
      10. All entries (including the Chapter Awards Program, Merit Awards Program and all Written Events advancing on from a district conference) must be completed and received by 10:00 a.m. on February 18, 2017.
      11. Events will not be accepted after 10:30 a.m. on February 18, 2017. Late events will NOT be accepted, no matter the reason. Please plan accordingly.
      12. A photo copier will not be available at the Written Event Screening.

If you are shipping your projects to our office:

  • We STRONGLY recommend using UPS to send your packages. They deliver directly to our office, and all packages can be tracked to see when they arrive.
  • All shipped packages should be sent to be received by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.
  • Our offices do NOT receive ANY deliveries on weekend days, even if you have paid extra to have the package arrive on a weekend.
  • Packages sent via the post office get sent to the EMU mailroom for sorting first, and do not get delivered to our office until the next business day.  (Mail and packages that arrive on a Friday does not get delivered to our office until Monday).
  • Packages scheduled to be received after Wednesday, February 15 run the risk of not arriving on time, and not being able to be screened for competition.