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mathleague.org Rules and Policies

Please email us if you have a question that is not addressed in this section. Violation of these rules is considered fraud and will result in disqualification and possible further sanctions. These rules were last updated September 6, 2016.
  • Definition of a school: In order for a school to participate in our contests, mathleague.org must have a current membership form on file from the school for the level of contest(s) the school intends to participate in. In order to be considered a school for purposes of our contests, the school must be an accredited, transcript-issuing public or private school, or a transcript-issuing non-accredited private school or home school organization that is in compliance with the relevant local laws for establishing such a school. mathleague.org reserves the right to request a transcript from a school if it requires further clarification regarding a school's or student's status. An after-school program, tutoring center, or community organization is presumptively assumed NOT to be a school for purposes of these rules unless it issues transcripts and there are at least some students who spend more than 50% of their total instructional time in that setting.
  • Home schools: A group of home schooled students from within the same state may affiliate under the name of an organization that mathleague.org will recognize as a school for the purposes of competition. The name of the school must include the words "home school" or some variation that will make it clear that the school is a home school organization. mathleague.org reserves the right to require a home school organization to define the geographical boundaries of its service area at any time and for any reason, and to determine whether the boundaries are reasonable. A home schooled student's declared grade level must be equal to the grade level that student would be assigned to if the student enrolled in a public or private school in the student's state of residence.
  • Participation: In order to register for a contest, each student must identify with the school where they spend more than 50% of their instructional time. This school must be listed on our current membership roster and fit the definition of a school as described above, and the student must be enrolled in that school in a grade no higher than grade 8 in North America, grade 9 in Southeast Asia, or grade 12 in Africa. If there is no school that fits our definition of a school where the student spends more than 50% of their instructional time, the student's parent or coach should contact us so we can issue a ruling on which school that student belongs to for purposes of our contests. Please note that this rule makes it mathematically impossible for a student to have a choice between two or more schools to register with for one of our contests.
  • Team formation: Participants from a given school should be arranged into teams of one to four students, and each team will be given a chance to identify itself with a unique name. If no name is specified, or if contest organizers determine that a name is inappropriate, contest organizers will assign a designation to the team in question. All team members must be registered with the same school. If team awards are given by grade level the team will be eligible for awards in the grade level of the most advanced student on the team.
  • Equipment: Any calculator approved for use on the SAT is acceptable for the team test and target round. Students may use multiple calculators and are not required to clear calculator memories before testing. Students must bring their own calculators and pencils or pens to the contest; scratch paper will be provided when appropriate. No other equipment (such as protractors, cell phones, etc.) may be on the student's desk during testing. [Note: mathleague.org is not affiliated in any way with the SAT, the College Board, or collegeboard.org.]
  • Use of dictionaries: Students may not use any dictionaries or other reference materials at mathleague.org contests. If any student's proficiency in the language(s) the tests are offered in is so severely limited as to preclude participation in mathleague.org contests, that student's coach may make arrangements with mathleague.org to provide a written translation of the tests, so long as the translation can be accomplished in a timely and secure fashion, and at no cost to mathleague.org. Any such translation must be approved by mathleague.org before use at a contest. Unless special arrangements are made as described above, tests are offered only in English outside Africa; in Africa, tests are offered only in English and Afrikaans.
  • Test Security: No school may Be Represented (having at least one student participate, whether or not authorized by the school or the school's coach) at two non-simultaneous contests with the same Release Number (sites grouped under the heading of the Release Number on the website) even if there is no single student who attends both contests. Students and coaches participating in any given contest are not to discuss the test questions or answers with anyone who did not attend the contest until after the last scheduled meet using that Release Number.
  • Privacy: Any student's name, grade, school, and scores (and photos, if any are taken) could potentially be reproduced on the mathleague.org website and/or through other media. Any schools or individuals who wish to avoid such publicity must contact mathleague.org prior to the start of the contest for which they wish to opt out of such publicity. While mathleague.org cannot be responsible for the actions of media outside its direct control, it will make an effort to communicate all privacy requests to any other media present at the contest.
  • Conduct: All participants should be familiar with our Conduct Standards available at http://mathleague.org/conduct.pdf. This document outlines some of the rights and responsibilities each participant has at our contests, as well as the consequences for committing infractions.
  • Safety: Students and schools attend mathleague.org contests at their own risk and are responsible for ensuring their own safety. By participating in mathleague.org events, schools, their students, and the students' parents agree not to hold mathleague.org responsible for accidents or injuries to participants, or for any other liability arising out of students' participation in mathleague.org contests.
  • Appeals: mathleague.org has an appeals process in place to deal with issues such as test key errors or incorrect grading. If you believe your student or team should have qualified for the next level of competition but did not due to incorrect grading or errors in the answer key, please put the issue in writing and send it to us, along with the test in question. mathleague.org will consider your appeal and respond in a timely manner. Please note that places and awards given out at local meets are the sole purview of the Site Coordinator, and mathleague.org does not interfere with that aspect of administering the qualifying sites. The appeals process is only in place to ensure that no one is unfairly denied an opportunity to compete at the next level of competition. If it is found that a score is incorrect after the results are announced, mathleague.org's sole responsibility is to ensure that the student(s) on whose behalf the appeal was made are added to the next round's qualifiers list if the updated score warrants it. No other corrective action will be required of either mathleague.org or individual Site Coordinators after results are announced.

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