Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I contact at the MGCDI in case of emergency during the camp? How do I do that?
The Mean Green Comet Debate Institute can be contacted throughout the year by phone or email.
Louie Petit – (417) 459-0350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Scott Herndon – (214) 546-6614 or email@example.com
Prior to the start of the MGCDI, staff is available to talk to during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm EST).
**During the camp someone will be available around the clock and the office phone number will be given at registration.
- Who is in charge of the MGCDI?
Where and when is registration?
You will find all registration information here.
When is the MGCDI application deadline?
The application deadline to avoid any late fees for all programs is June 1, 2017. A $250 registration fee is due when you complete your application.
The final deadline for all registrations is June 16, 2017. Applications after June 1st will incur a $150 late registration fee, to be paid by check or cash at check-in, June 30.
Can I get a refund?
The camp registration fee is non-refundable. Tuition refunds will be honored if communicated before May 1, 2017. No refunds will be given for withdrawals after May 1, 2017.
My student is in Middle School, is MGC right for them?
Yes! The MGC offers a special division designed for middle school students. If your student is transitioning FROM middle school to high school, we recommend that they DO NOT enroll in the middle school camp and instead select the appropriate division for high school students.
What does tuition include?
Camp tuition covers participation in the program, housing, food, camp t-shirt, and instructional materials.
Is my deposit due with my application?
Yes. A $250 deposit is due when registering for the camp. Camp registration and payment is available online through the website.
Who do I write my deposit check/money order to?
All deposits and payments should be made online at Market Place.
Can I pay with a credit card?
Yes, you can pay the deposit and/or your entire balance of Mean Green Comet Debate Institute tuition by credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. To pay by credit card, please visit Market Place.
When is the balance of my tuition due?
After the deposit is submitted, the balance of the tuition is due by June 1, 2017.
All deposits are non-refundable for accepted students.
Is financial assistance or discounts available for students?
The Mean Green Comet Debate Institute also offers two different discounts:
Students from UDL programs receive discounts of 10% off the cost of tuition. This discount applies for any participants who currently debates at a UDL-member school regardless of who contributes to tuition payments. This may not be combined with any other discounts. Eligible schools should be reported by your local UDL director.
Faculty / Staff
Discounts for UNT or UTD staff and faculty are available. Please contact Scott Herndon or Louie Petit for details.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes we offer a fully funded scholarship to the 20 day policy debate camp.
Jerrell Braden Memorial Scholarship
This is a full ride scholarship available for a student who is interested in attending the 20 day policy debate camp. Jerrell believed that policy debate provided students with the skills necessary to engage the world and the empathy necessary to advocate for and improve their communities. Interested students should send proof of financial need and a letter to demonstrate their belief that policy debate means as much to them as it did to Jerrell.
Please send materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life at Camp
How much spending money do students need to bring?
Students are not required to bring any money, as there are no required costs beyond tuition and travel. However, many students will bring money to purchase discretionary items (occasional meals outside of the Residence Halls, souvenirs in the union, and supplies from the general store on campus, etc.)
The appropriate amount of spending money varies for each student. We recommend that students bring cash and/or credit/debit cards as the form of spending money. Locations on campus do not accept personal or travelers checks.
Can I request a roommate?
Yes, we will attempt to honor roommate requests when possible. Please indicate the preferred roommate(s) in the notes section of the registration form.
What personal items do I need to bring?
Students should plan to bring clothing for Texas weather in July which is HOT. In past years, the weather has ranged from 90 to very hot and humid.
- Bed linens (twin-sized sheets &blankets/comforters)
- Laptop Required
- Flow paper
- Laundry Detergent (free washer & dryer in dorms)
- Dryer Sheets
- Recreational clothing
What are the institute rules?
MGC 2017 – Rules & Expectations
- Absolutely no illegal drugs or other restricted substances of any kind allowed in the dorms, lab rooms, or other UTD facilities.
- UTD is a non-smoking campus and there is no smoking allowed by students.
- Treat peers, staff and all UTD personnel with respect and courtesy.
- Racist, sexist, hetero-sexist language, violence or bullying of any kind will not be tolerated.
- Campers are not allowed to leave campus unless explicitly given permission by a camp director (Scott Herndon or Louie Petit) or the office staff, and then only when released to an approved guardian.
- Students must attend all scheduled camp or lab activities on time.
- Student must abide by all other UTD dorm policies and procedures.
- Students of different sexes are not allowed in each other’s rooms or wings.
- No student is allowed to enter the rooms of members of other camps or host members of other camps in their dorm room. You are not allowed to enter any residential building other than Residential Housing North West.
- Commuters are not allowed past the common area of the dormitory and must leave the dorm common area by 10:45PM.
- Campers will not endanger their own physical safety or the safety of peers, staff or others.
- Be aware of your surroundings, report inappropriate or suspicious behavior. You have an affirmative responsibility report rule infractions.
- No gambling is allowed during the MGC.
- Students and parents are responsible for all costs associated with damage to university property or fines incurred while on campus, including room damage, library fines, or other costs.
- No weapons of any kind are allowed in the MGC.
- Inappropriate Romantic Relationships - Regardless of legality, at no point in the institute are romantic relationships between a staff member and student, whether perceived or actual, permitted. Public displays of affection are prohibited among all students. Students are reminded of Texas state law regarding age restrictions for sexual relationships (Texas Penal Code Chapter 21, Section 21.11).
- Work Detail - Students who commit minor violations of rules and regulations will serve work detail in the dorm after room check. Work detail consists of collecting trash in the residence hall. All students will receive protective gear to wear if work detail warrants. Repeated issuance of work detail constitutes grounds for dismissal.
- Abide by the spirit of the camp, dorm and campus rules and procedures.
Dorm check procedures:
- Students must return to their dorm rooms for first dorm check at 10PM. After 10PM students are free to use dorm facilities, but must remain in the dorms until final dorm room check at 11PM.
- Final dorm check is at 11PM. Students must be present in their room, at the main suite door at final dorm check. No exceptions.
- After 11PM dorm check, students must remain in their dorm rooms until 8:00AM.
- Kandi King is the dorm director and primary contact point for campers staying in the dorm, if you have questions or concerns contact Kandi.
Failure to abide by camp rules can lead to disciplinary action including but not limited to camp expulsion without refund.
Are visits possible?
Parents and relatives are always welcome! Parents and guardians should check students in and out in the camp office. Visitors who are not parents or guardians must have parental permission to take students off the grounds and must sign students out in the camp office.
Should I bring a computer or laptop?
We highly recommend that students that own laptop computers bring them to camp. Almost every debate at the Mean Green Debate Institute are done paperlessly on students' laptops. We strongly recommend that computers for camp have Microsoft Word installed and that they be capable of connecting to the internet for research.
What happens on weekends?
Schedules are more relaxed on weekends as we try to provide the students with some free time. We try to integrate recreational events, like volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Lab groups will still meet on the weekends but the camp will build "fun time". Students will have Sunday morning free and can attend a religious service if they would like.
What is a typical day like?
The daily schedule for Mean Green Comet Debate Institute participants is pretty full. The daily schedule will vary according to the division and lab of the student. The instructors of the labs set different paces based on the session, age, and experience level of their students, but a sample day might look like this:
- 7-8:45am -- Breakfast (optional)
- 9-noon -- Practice round, activities, or speeches in lab
- 12-1:30pm -- Lunch
- 1:30-5pm -- Guided research, work groups, and lectures
- 5-6:30pm -- Dinner
- 7-9:30pm – Practice, work groups, etc
- 9:30-10:30pm – Free Time
- 11:00 -- Bed Check - Students MUST be in dorm rooms
During week one there is some variance in the schedule because the camp has some group lectures which a lot of the divisions attend. During some weeks, instructors might heavily emphasize research time and strategy development. In other weeks, lab instructors will do more speeches and less library research. Free time is often built in when the group needs it. Students are most likely to have individual free time before or after meals when there is supervision around and on the student floors.