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Adults in Remote Interview sessions

Richard VanGilder (Event Partner)

The Remote Judging Requirements for remote interviews includes:

Two adults (18+ years old) who are not team members and not Judges must be present for the duration of the session. 
  >     One adult must be the Event Partner or an event administrator. 
  >     The other adult must be the team’s Primary Contact as listed in, or a designee. 

These two adults must be "present for the duration of the session." This differs slightly from the previous requirement that the team's coach or mentor must just be visible on screen for the entire interview.

Is it acceptable for the primary contact or designee to be present on screen on two interviews at the same time (by having the two teams be on cameras facing a central spot)? It's not clear whether this fulfills the "present for the duration of the session" requirement.

Answered by Competition Judging Committee

The requirements for Remote Judging can be found in the Guide to Judging.

The verbiage on this subject from the Guide to Judging can be found on page 34, and is as follows:

Remote Judging Protocols

● All Judging Principles and Guidelines still apply.

● Youth Protection must be upheld – While conducting remote interviews, each participating team should have one adult representative (18+ and not a high school student) logged in, and visible on camera during the entirety of the interview. This adult representative should join the interview before any students arrive. The adult may be in the same room as the students, or logged in separately to the remote call. This adult is not to participate in, or contribute to, the content of the team interview in any way. Their presence ensures there are multiple adult parties involved in any video meeting.

● A Judge should never be alone in a remote interview with a team, but instead, should work as part of a group of two or more Judges. With the inclusion of the team’s adult representative, this puts the minimum number of adults in a remote interview at three.

● Just as in-person interviews do not allow recording, remote interviews should also never be recorded by any party.

Specific to the scenario of having a coach on two different cameras, this does not allow the coach to monitor both interviews, thus would not be effective at upholding the Youth Protection principle behind this requirement.