At the core, the Washington Media Plan Case Competition is an academic exercise. Teams are expected to abide by the same academic integrity and honesty standards as if they were completing a regular school assignment. Cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty will result in immediate disqualification from the competition, and future Washington Media Scholars Foundation (WMSF) programs.
- The competition is open to all undergraduate students enrolled at a college or university in the United States.
- Participants must be at least 18-years-old as of November 14, 2014.
- Each team must consist of two students for the semi-final and final rounds. Students are allowed to register and participate in the qualifying round as individuals. Qualified individuals will be paired at the direction of the foundation.
- Participants may only be a member of one team, however there may be multiple teams from the same school.
- Teammates do not have to attend the same college.
- The 2015 qualifying round will open November 14, 2014. Interested students must register and complete the qualifying round by 11:59 p.m. local time on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
- Students are allowed to register and participate in the qualifying round as individuals. If these individuals reach the case competition semi-finals they will be matched by WMSF with another qualified student.
- The full case will be released on February 25, 2015. Only qualified teams will be informed how to access the case via email.
- All questions regarding the case must be sent to help[at]mediascholars.org or the private case competition Facebook page (2nd phase only). Teams contacting WMSF in any other way may result in disqualification from the competition.
- Under no circumstances may a team contact a WMSF advisory board member, partner or sponsor organization. Any contact will result in immediate disqualification from the competition.
- Participants may seek outside assistance in solving the case, but must disclose who they received help from.
- Teams may use research data beyond the information provided in the case.
- Participants and their schools may not reproduce content from the case without prior express written consent from WMSF.