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Smeal College of Business Integrity Video Contest

The 2016-2017 Smeal College of Business Integrity Video Contest is now open! Show us why ethics are important in business—create a short film that is 1-3 minutes or commercial that is 1 minute or less that focuses on the importance of ethical behavior in the business world. Videos can be in the form of a short film, commercial, talk show, music video, or documentary. Some examples of topics are: social media ethics in the workplace, consequences of insider trading, and bribery and corruption.

Official Rules

Steps to enter the contest:

Form a team:

  • With your Smeal student organization, include a document with your video submission of the names and e-mail addresses of each team member and the Smeal organization for which the team will be representing in the contest.

Create an original video (1-3 minutes in length) or commercial (1 minute or less) that focuses on and promotes ethical behavior. 

  • Place both the Team document and final video into a compressed folder.
  • Using your Penn State log-in and password, upload your compressed folder with your Team document and video to the folder on BOX, no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. 

All video submissions will then be posted to the contest’s Facebook page. On that site, anyone can watch and vote for/“like” his or her favorite video. Voting will open from Wednesday, March 1, 2017 through Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The winning team will be announced on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Prizes

  • The 1st place team with the winning video submission will earn a financial award of $300 for their Smeal organization, select showings of its video, a résumé accomplishment, and an entry to a National Ethics in Action Video Contest, coordinated by the Student Center for the Public Trust, and cash prizes.
  • The 2nd place team will earn a financial award of $200 for their Smeal organization, select showings of its video, and a résumé accomplishment.
  • The 3rd place team will earn a financial award of $100 for their Smeal organization, select showings of its video, and a résumé accomplishment.

Up to five members from the top three teams will attend a luncheon with a small group of alumni to share their videos and discuss ethics in business world. The luncheon will take place during Impact Smeal Day on Friday, March 24, 2017.

Rules and Guidelines

Original work:

Each video submission must be of the team’s original work, and the video must not incorporate any material that would require the consent of any third party and/or any information, pictures, images, music, sounds, video footage, or other materials that would violate the intellectual property, proprietary or privacy rights of others. For more specific guidelines about legal uses of media please use Penn State’s resources found here.

Judges and criteria:

Each video submission will be reviewed and judged by members of Smeal’s Integrity Advocates and Integrity Action Committees. Video submissions will be judged based on the following criteria: 

     (a)   concept (20%)
     (b)   originality (20%)
     (c)   production quality (20%)
     (d)   how the submission conveys the spirit of Ethics in Action in a business environment (20%)
     (e)   Facebook likes (20%)

In the event of a tie, the video submission with the highest score in the originality category will be declared the winner. 

Note: The rules and guidelines for this video contest are adapted from the rules and guidelines for the National Ethics in Action Video Contest, coordinated by the Student Center for the Public Trust.