Poets from around the world gather for CUPSI to compete for top honors in collegiate poetry slam.

In addition to sharing poetry, participants, both those competing and not, had the opportunity to engage with and learned from other students through networking and workshops.


CUPSI 2017 Results

Results for all bouts are now posted below, and the 2017 CUPSI - Overall Results [pdf] are available.

Preliminary 1 Results
Prelims 1A, Wednesday, April 12, 5–6:30 p.m.

Fort Dearborn

  1. Washington University in St. Louis (110.9)
  2. Rochester Institute of Technology (109.6)
  3. Southern Oregon University (106.9)
  4. Yale–NUS College (103.7)

Room 302

  1. Berklee College of Music (110.4)
  2. Brown University (108.1)
  3. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (106.5)
  4. Westminster College (100.0)

Room 603

  1. Emerson College (110.8)
  2. University of Connecticut (106.0)
  3. Duke University (101.8)
  4. Bard College (92.3)

Room 605

  1. Montclair State University (114.5)
  2. Brandeis University (113.2)
  3. University of Miami (112.5)
  4. University of Virginia (108.6)

Room 613

  1. Hunter College (116.0)
  2. California State University–Northridge (115.3)
  3. The Ohio State University (114.4)
  4. Dartmouth College (108.3)

Room 713

  1. Wesleyan University (108.2)
  2. Davidson College (108.1)
  3. University of Birmingham (105.2)
  4. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (103.7)
Prelims 1B, Wednesday, April 12, 7–8:30 p.m.

Fort Dearborn

  1. Tufts University (115.1)
  2. Brooklyn College (113.9)
  3. University of Oregon (112.6)
  4. Queen's University Ontario (109.8)

Room 302

  1. Virginia Commonwealth University (113.1)
  2. Macalester College (112.9)
  3. University of Utah (111.0)
  4. Hamilton College (106.7)

Room 603

  1. Temple University (116.6)
  2. Stanford University (115.9)
  3. Ryerson University (112.8)
  4. SUNY–New Paltz (108.4)

Room 605

  1. Louisiana State University (108.7)
  2. Hamline University (107.8)
  3. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (105.1)
  4. Appalachian State University (99.1)

Room 613

  1. New York University (115.3)
  2. University of La Verne (113.7)
  3. University of California–Santa Cruz (110.6)
  4. Princeton University (107.0)

Room 713

  1. Barnard College (118.6)
  2. Ball State University (116.9)
  3. Mercer University–Macon (114.2)
  4. Rutgers University (113.8)
Prelims 1C, Wednesday, April 12, 9–10:30 p.m.

Fort Dearborn

  1. Pennsylvania State University–University Park (116.5)
  2. Simmons College (113.4)
  3. University of Nebraska–Lincoln (112.2)
  4. University of Massachusetts–Boston (107.1)

Room 302

  1. Northeastern University (112.4)
  2. University of Central Florida (109.6)
  3. University of Illinois–Chicago (107.9)
  4. SUNY–Oneonta (106.2)

Room 603

  1. University of Texas–Austin (113.6)
  2. Indiana University–Bloomington (110.0)
  3. American University (108.1)
  4. Grand Valley State University (104.2)

Room 605

  1. University of California–Berkeley (108.5)
  2. Kent State University (108.3)
  3. Wellesley College (107.5)
  4. Wheaton College (105.9)

Room 613

  1. Tulane University (108.4)
  2. Oberlin College (107.3)
  2. Wheelock College (107.3)
  4. Georgetown University (103.5)

Room 713

  1. Swarthmore College (114.8)
  2. East Carolina University (114.2)
  3. Agnes Scott College (112.3)
  4. San Francisco State University (107.6)

Preliminary 2 Results
Prelims 2A, Thursday, April 13, 5–6:30 p.m.

Fort Dearborn

  1. Brown University (108.9)
  2. Northeastern University (104.7)
  3. Macalester College (103.8)
  4. Yale–NUS College (96.7)

Room 302

  1. Kent State University (109.3)
  2. University of California–Santa Cruz (108.7)
  3. University of Connecticut (105.6)
  4. Southern Oregon University (105.4)

Room 603

  1. Virginia Commonwealth University (117.3)
  2. Agnes Scott College (114.9)
  3. Ball State University (112.8)
  4. Brandeis University (111.9)

Room 605

  1. Ryerson University (110.8)
  2. Georgetown University (109.7)
  3. Dartmouth College (109.4)
  4. Bard College (106.3)

Room 613

  1. Swarthmore College (117.2)
  2. Wellesley College (115.0)
  3. Wesleyan University (114.2)
  4. University of Oregon (110.3)

Room 713

  1. New York University (110.1)
  2. University of California–Berkeley (108.7)
  3. University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (104.0)
  4. University of Birmingham (102.8)

Prelims 2B, Thursday, April 13, 7–8:30 p.m.

Fort Dearborn

  1. Rochester Institute of Technology (110.2)
  2. Indiana University–Bloomington (106.6)
  3. Mercer University–Macon (106.1)
  4. Westminster College (100.5)

Room 302

  1. Temple University (112.9)
  2. Oberlin College (112.0)
  3. Berklee College of Music (109.8)
  4. Washington University in St. Louis (109.0)

Room 603

  1. Pennsylvania State University–University Park (113.0)
  2. University of La Verne (112.0)
  3. Duke University (109.6)
  4. SUNY–Oneonta (103.8)

Room 605

  1. California State University–Northridge (106.8)
  2. Brooklyn College (106.0)
  3. University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (103.1)
  4. Princeton University (100.5)

Room 613

  1. Stanford University (116.8)
  2. Davidson College (115.4)
  3. University of Texas–Austin (112.2)
  4. University of Nebraska–Lincoln (111.7)

Room 713

  1. Hunter College (109.5)
  2. University of Virginia (109.3)
  3. Tulane University (109.2)
  4. Grand Valley State University (106.2)

Prelims 2C, Thursday, April 13, 9–10:30 p.m.

Fort Dearborn

  1. University of Miami (114.2)
  2. East Carolina University (111.8)
  3. Appalachian State University (109.4)
  4. University of Utah (103.0)

Room 302

  1. Barnard College (116.5)
  2. Tufts University (115.8)
  3. University of Michigan–Ann Arbor (114.7)
  4. SUNY–New Paltz (112.5)

Room 603

  1. Simmons College (113.3)
  2. Montclair State University (113.1)
  3. American University (107.4)
  4. Hamilton College (96.2)

Room 605

  1. University of Central Florida (112.3)
  2. Emerson College (111.5)
  3. Rutgers University (109.7)
  4. University of Massachusetts–Boston (105.6)

Room 613

  1. Louisiana State University (114.3)
  2. University of Illinois–Chicago (113.0)
  3. The Ohio State University (110.2)
  4. Queen's University Ontario (105.5)

Room 713

  1. Wheelock College (110.8)
  2. Wheaton College (110.4)
  3. Hamline University (109.7)
  4. San Francisco State University (106.6)
Semi-Finals Results
Semi-Finals A, 6 p.m., UIC Forum Hall C
  1. New York University (113.1)
  2. Tufts University (111.8)
  3. Louisiana State University (110.2)
  4. California State University-Northridge (107.0)
  5. Wheelock College (102.5)
Semi-Finals B, 6 p.m., UIC Forum Hall DEF
  1. Montclair State University (109.7)
  2. Barnard College (109.6)
  3. Brown University (109.0)
  4. University of California-Berkeley (107.9)
  5. University of Central Florida (98.8)
Semi-Finals C, 8 p.m., UIC Forum Hall C
  1. Pennsylvania State University-University Park (112.2)
  2. Kent State University (110.5)
  3. Hunter College  (109.7)
  4. Swarthmore College (106.9)
  5. Rochester Institute of Technology (105.0)
Semi-Finals D, 8 p.m., UIC Forum Hall DEF
  1. Temple University (112.6)
  2. Virginia Commonwealth University (111.4)
  3. Simmons College (110.5)
  4. Emerson College (108.8)
  5. Stanford University (101.8)
Finals Results
At finals on Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the UIC Forum, the finalist teams agreed as a community to share the 2017 title and showcase their stories without scoring. 

  • Montclair State University
  • New York University
  • Pennsylvania State University-University Park
  • Temple University





Awards & Recognitions
Coaches Awards

Spirit of the Slam
Barnard University

Best Writing By a Team
Tufts University

Pushing the Art Forward
Tufts University

Best Poet
JonJon – Tufts University
Nayo Alexandria-Jones – Temple University
George Abraham – Swarthmore College

Best Poem
“Bulletproof” – Barnard College
“Zumbi” – JonJon, Tufts University
“Confessions on Gratitude” – Jonathan Mendoza, Berklee College of Music

Best Persona Piece
“Zumbi” – JonJon, Tufts University

The Gutbuster Funny Poem
“Ankh Nigga” – Oberlin College

Best Love Poem
“Healing” – Nayo Alexandria-Jones, Temple University

Torchbearer’s Award
Chrysanthemum Tran, Brown University
Kim Pho, ACUI
Paul Tran, Barnard College

Best of the Rest
Jonathan Mendoza – Berklee College of Music
Emily Dial – Stanford University
Brown University
Barnard College

Group Piece Showcases

Tufts University
Brown University
Barnard College
University of Birmingham

Head to Head Haiku Winner 

Daniel Garcia, University of North Texas

Nerd Slam Winner

Jared Green, Brooklyn College


Student Competition Eligibility and 2017 CUPSI Rules

Please find information below regarding the eligibility requirements and code of conduct for ACUI's student competitions, as well as details about how to submit verification and the official rules for the 2017 event.

Official Rules of the 2017 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational  

Eligibility information may be found here; and certification information may be found here

These rules are borrowed, with minor adaptations, from Poetry Slam, Inc (PSI) and should be used for sectional, national, and international tournaments. These rules will govern the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI).

A. Poems and Performance
  1. Poems can be on any subject and in any style.
  2. Each poet must perform work that they have created.
  3. No props. Generally, poets are allowed to use their given environment and the accoutrements it offers — microphones, mic stands, the stage itself, chairs on stage, a table or bar top, the aisle — as long as these accoutrements are available to other competitors as well. The rule concerning props is not intended to squelch the spontaneity, unpredictability, or on-the-fly choreography that people love about the slam; its intent is to keep the focus on the words rather than poets who inadvertently use a prop (for example, a timely yet unwitting grab at a necklace, directly referencing the paper are reading from, etc.) can be immediately penalized two points if the emcee of the bout deems the effect of the violation to have been appreciable but sufficiently lacking in specific intent. A formal protest need not be lodged before the emcee can penalize a poet or team in this way; however, the decision of the emcee can be appealed after the bout. Poets whose use of props in a poem appears to be more calculating and the result of a specific intent to enhance, illustrate, underscore, or otherwise augment the words of the poem will be given a retroactive score for the poem equal to two points less than the lowest scoring poem in that bout. This deduction, which can only be applied after a formal protest has been lodged against the offending team, will not be made by the emcee, but by the protest committee assembled for this purpose.
    • Body parts are not considered props. Hair, tattoos, mobility, and other accessibility devices are considered body parts and are therefore not considered props.  
  4. Poets may not use musical instruments or pre-recorded music.
  5. No costumes. Further clarification of this rule was considered, but rejected as being niggling and ultimately unnecessary.  The rule stands as is: no costumes.
B. Sampling
  1. It is acceptable for poets to incorporate, imitate, or otherwise "signify on" the words, lyrics, or tune of someone else (commonly called "sampling") in their own work. However, if a poet replicates another poet's words (i.e. reciting multiple lines verbatim), they should receive the same repercussion as if using a prop.  This includes a retroactive score of two points less than the lowest scoring poem in that bout following a formal protest and enforced by the protest committee.

C. The No Repeat Rule
  1. Poems may not be repeated from preliminaries to semifinals.
  2. You may not repeat any piece from semifinals in the finals bout. Only poems used during the preliminaries may be repeated in the finals.
  3. The only exception to the previous rule is regarding tie-breaking poems. A poem used in the preliminary tie-breaking round may be repeated in semifinals. A poem used in a semifinals tie-breaking round may be repeated in finals. Violations of the no repeat rule disqualify the poet and the poet receives a zero for his/her rotation. Therefore each poet should plan on bringing at least 3 original poems to compete.
  4. To encourage innovation and new work among the participating poets, no poems performed on finals stage may be performed on finals stage the following year.  They may be performed again in the preliminary/semifinal bouts, but not in the event that the team makes it to finals.  At the conclusion of the finals bout when all coaches or team leaders meet with the Bout Manager to identify primary authors for all group pieces, teams will complete a document identifying the poet and their first and last lines of each poem performed.  All poems performed on finals stage (including first and last line) shall be kept on file by ACUI between years.
D. The Three-Minute Rule
  1. No performance should last longer than three minutes.
  2. There are two audience engagements that start the time: first utterance and performance gesture. First utterance includes the first word or sound of the poem that engages the audience or bout officials. First utterance does not include: (i) speaking or making noise into a microphone in a manner intended to check the microphone; or (ii) bodily functions such as coughing, sneezing, throat clearing, etc. Performance gesture includes "performative" body movement and physical reaction/recognition towards any audience member by the performer(s). Performance gesture does not include: adjusting the microphone, arranging clothing, rubbing of the face, or any other action done in preparation for the performance. For a  group piece, a performance gesture does not include: (i) a preparation to nod to fellow teammates on stage; or (ii) a tap on the thigh to establish pace/start the poem. With these guidelines in mind, the beginning and end of a poem's time is ultimately at the discretion of the timekeeping officials. If poets have concerns regarding time, they should seek out both the bout manager and timekeeper to clarify before the bout begins.
    • In relation to performance gesture, time may also start following an excessively long preparation period prior to any utterance or perceived gesture.  Timekeepers will be prompted to begin time after poets are perceived as ready.
    • When time begins, the timekeeper will raise their hand to signify the start of time.
    • After three minutes, there is a 10-second grace period (up to and including 3:10.00). Starting at 3:10.01, a penalty is automatically deducted from each poet's overall score according to the following schedule:
      • 3:10 and under = no penalty
      • 3:10.01–3:20 = -0.5
      • 3:20.01–3:30 = -1.0
      • 3:30.01–3:40 = -1.5
      • 3:40.01–3:50 = -2.0
      • and so on [-0.5 for every 10 seconds over 3:10]
  3. At 4 minutes, poets will be advised to exit the stage.  If the poet refuses to exit the stage after being prompted by Bout Manager and their Team or Coach, their respective team can experience disqualification.  
  4. The announcement of the time penalty and its consequent deduction will be made by the emcee or scorekeeper after all the judges have reported their scores. The judges should not even be told that a poet went over time until it is too late for them to adjust their scores.
  5. There will be three time keepers recording time for semifinals and finals. The median time will be determined as the official time. In the event of a technical error or other circumstances in which only two time keepers record time, the average of the two times will be determined as the official time.
E. Team Pieces
  1. Teams may have up to five members. The fifth member will serve as a "floating" member who can compete in any bout.
  2. Teams may not repeat primary authorship in a bout.
  3. NO MORE THAN 5 POETS CAN APPEAR ON THE STAGE to perform A GROUP PIECE.
  4. In the course of a bout, the 5th poet may appear in a group piece(s) and perform a solo piece as long as primary authorship is not violated.
  5. Duos, trios, and quartets (otherwise known as team, group, or collaborative pieces) are allowed, even encouraged, so long as all of the primary authors perform them. The poet who offers up their individual spot on stage in order to accommodate a group piece must be one of the primary authors of that piece. 
  6. Every team member who performs during a bout must be a primary author on at least one of their team’s poems performed during that bout.
  7. A group piece with more than one primary author does not have to be used in the same primary author’s slot each time it is performed in the course of the competition. But a group piece with only one primary author must only and always be performed during that writer/performer’s slot.
  8. Group pieces may not be repeated in subsequent years unless all of the primary authors are present and on a team with one another again.
  9. A team piece may be substituted for any or all of the members of a team in any bout. Provided all other rules regarding team pieces and repetition are followed, one team could use all pieces in one bout (or four in an elimination round).
F. Identification of Primary Author in Group Pieces
  1. In an effort to promote and encourage collaboration, teams using group pieces will no longer be required to declare at the start of the poem  which primary author’s slot the poem will go in. This does not change the standingrule that every poem needs a different declared primary author, only enables greater flexibility among teams that use group pieces. At the end of each bout all coaches or team leaders must meet with the bout manager to confer and identify that 4 slots were filled by 4 different primary authors for all team pieces performed in the bout.
  2. Should a team decide to declare a group piece's primary author at the start of the poem rather than declare it as a group piece, for reasons such as starting the poem with the appearance of an individual poem and "surprising" the audience by adding more poets throughout the piece, or otherwise, the primary author slot for that poem must be assigned to the originally announced poet.
G. Bout Rotations
  1. The following will be the bout order for poetry bouts consisting of 3, 4, and 5 teams with 4 rounds/poets per bout.  Bout order will be drawn several minutes prior to the start of the slam and requires a coach or team leader from each team to join the bout manager and /or emcee to complete and confirm a random drawing.
    • Three-Team Bout Order: ABC; BCA; CAB; ABC
    • Four-Team Bout Order: ABCD, CADB, DCBA, BDAC
    • Five-Team Bout Order: First rotation is random draw: ABCDE and subsequent rotations are from high to low scores from the previous rotation (not cumulative). Therefore if the scores from the first rotation are: A-25.7; B-23.9; C-26.2; D- 26.1; E-26.5, the order for the second rotation is ECDAB.  
  2. In the event of a serious technical/audio  disruption, fire alarm or any extended interruption of the bout, the emcee will  introduce another sacrificial poet in order to recalibrate the bout prior to formally getting on to the next poet in the bout. 
H. Judging
  1. It is expected prior to the start of a bout, the bout manager or emcee will orchestrate a formal "look see" with the selected judges, coaches, and all the competitive team members. This may be done either by having all judges come on stage or bringing all judges and teams into the hallway or corner of the room. All coaches and competitive team members must agree on the selected judges prior to the start of the slam.
  2. All efforts shall be made to select five judges who will be fair. However, should it be impossible to select five impartial judges after following the Protocol for Judge Selection, either by lack of persons or disagreements from the teams during the "look see," three judges may be used rather than five. In this case no scores shall be dropped and these three judges make up the score out of thirty points. This should be the absolute last resort after all of the Protocol for Judge Selection has been followed.
  3. Upon confirmation, the judges will: (i) be given a set of printed instructions on how to judge a poetry slam, (ii) have a private, verbal crash course by the emcee or house manager on the do's and don'ts of poetry slam judging (where they can ask questions), and iii. hear the standardized Official Emcee Spiel (rewritten and tweaked periodically) which, among other things, will apprise the audience of their own responsibilities as well as remind the judges of theirs.
  4. Having heard, read, or otherwise experienced these three sets of instructions; a judge cannot be challenged over a score. Complaints, problems, and/or disagreements regarding the impartiality of the judges should be brought privately to the attention of the emcee or house manager BEFORE the bout begins. The "look see" qualifies as before the bout begins. Having heard and understood the complaint, the house manager or emcee will then make a decision (also privately) that cannot be further challenged.
I. Protocol for Judge Selection
  1. The following protocol shall be used in order to select judges that attempts to be as diverse in race, gender, sexuality, and other identities as possible:

    1st–Start with selecting from random audience members in the room or surrounding area.

    2nd–Go to host college event staff and/or ACUI organizers not associated with any specific team or engaged in this bout.

    3rd–Go to participating volunteer staff members for this bout (suggested in the following order: timekeeper, scorekeeper, available sound tech, or available “runners”).

    4th–Go to registered non-competitive poets who came with a team not involved with this bout, but not an active participant for any time.

    5th–If necessary use the bout manager

    6th–Only as an ABSOLUTE last resort (and with the approval of coaches and team members) should you seek out actual participants of another team. You must ensure that these selected judges are not scheduled to compete against another team in that bout. 

  2. If sufficient judges cannot be found 15 minutes after the scheduled start, a runner must be sent to other rooms in attempt to find judges. A runner may be someone affiliated with the bout oversight who knows about judge selection. For example, it can be the host or time keeper, but not the bout manager.
  3. Bouts must begin no later than 30 minutes of the scheduled start time.  Therefore near the 20-25 minute mark, the bout managers must resort to exercising even the least preferred options above.
J. Scoring
  1. The judges will give each poem a score from 0 to 10, with 10 being the highest or "perfect" score.
  2. They will be encouraged to use one decimal place to preclude the likelihood of a tie.
  3. Each poem will get five scores unless only three judges could be selected as described under the Judging section.
  4. The high and the low scores will be dropped and the remaining three scores will be added together.
  5. Team scores will be announced during the bout.
K. In case of a tie
  1. All ties for all ranks in all bouts shall be resolved through a tie-breaking round between the tied teams.
  2. The rule permitting up to five competing poets per team extends to the tie-breaking round. This round is the only instance when a poet may have a second primary authorship slot within a single bout (i.e. a regular bout slot and tie-breaking slot).
  3. In the case of tie between teams for advancement from preliminaries to semifinals, the point differential system will be used to break said ties. The point differential system measures how close a team came to winning their bout. If two teams are tied with a "4" ranking, for instance (one team finished in second in both prelims, the other finished in first and third place in their bouts), then the tie would be broken be tabulating how far from victory they were: Team A finished in second place in both bouts. The lost bout one by -.6 points and bout two by -1.9 points. Their total point differential is a -2.5. Team B finished in first place in bout one, and third in bout 2. Their differential for bout one is ZERO, their differential for bout three is a -2.2 points. Their total point differential is a -2.2.In this scenario Team B would advance. It rewards teams for winning one or the other bout, and also keeps consistency between bouts by asking teams to compete against their own judges, and no others.
L. Breaking Ties
If, at the conclusion of all rotations in a bout a tie exists for first place, each team tied for first place shall be required to send one more poem to the stage. It may be performed by any poet or poets on the teams who are tied. Teams in the tie breaker will draw for order. Judges will listen to all poems in the tie breaker rotation and at the conclusion of all poems, will vote for the poem they liked the best based on the order of the bout. For example, if a judge preferred the first poem, they would vote 1, second poem they vote 2, etc.

At 3:10, the time at which time penalties would normally occur, the poem will simply be halted by either turning off the microphones, emcee interruption, or some other clear indication that the poem must immediately be stopped.

If there is a tie for first after the tie breaker, the teams that are not tied for first after the tie breaker votes are tallied are dropped from the voting, and the judges will be asked to vote again only considering the remaining teams. This is repeated until a winner can be declared.

For example:
  1.  
    Team A

    Team B

    Team C Judge Preference
    X Judge 1
    X Judge 2
    X Judge 3
    X Judge 4
    X Judge 5
    2 2 1
  2. Eliminate Team C from consideration, because it is really between A & B at this point. Vote again       
  3.  
    Team A Team B Judge Preference
    X Judge 1
    X Judge 2
    X Judge 3
    X Judge 4
    X Judge 5
    2 3 *Team B wins
M. Getting to Semi Finals and Finals

  1. If you place # 1 in both of your preliminary round bouts you earn a “2” (1+1). If you place #1 in your first bout and #4 in your last bout you earn a “5” (1+4). Rank order will determine the top teams who will win berths to the semi-final round bouts.
  2. Ties will be broken using the point differential system.
  3. The number of teams to reach semi-finals will be proportional to the number of total teams registered. ACUI will alert all registered teams as to how many teams will reach semi-finals and what the process will be to reach the final four prior to the start of the tournament.
N. Pick-Up Team
  1. To avoid mixing 3 & 4 team bout, CUPSI returns to its tradition of using pick-up teams or “alternators” to balance preliminary bouts as necessary.  If the number of registered teams do not equate in the coordination of either an all three team or an all four team bout system during preliminaries, pick-up teams may be used to balance preliminary bouts.  Under such conditions an announcement will be made prior to the start of the preliminaries requesting volunteers from a pool of registered non-competitive poets (RNCP)  or the 5th poets from available teams.  Pick-up Poets (PUP’s) will be randomly assigned to these teams by the tournament host director in consultation with ACUI.  While these poets are not fully vetted (enrollment eligibility/registrars authorization) they would be required to meet with the ACUI poetry slam director to review & sign the Code of Conduct.
  2. Pick-up teams will be comprised of four PUPS from four different institutions
  3. Should a team release a 5th poet to a pick up team, the poet cannot return to their institution and compete later in the tournament.
  4. PUPS will be scored like any other team and the audience should be made aware of their participation in the bout at the start.
  5. Pick-up teams will not progress beyond preliminaries but their scores will count and they will be ranked through preliminaries.
O. Protests

  1. A special committee made up of CUPSI host site members and ACUI officials will hear appeals for all protests.
  2. Prior to the start of all bouts, a standardized protest document will be provided to all of the team’s coaches in the designated bout.
  3. The committee will review the protest and available evidence and hear testimonials from the teams directly involved and interview the available bout staff before rendering a decision.
  4. All committee decisions are final and adjustments to scores and rankings will be made and announced as necessary.
  5. Protests related to the finals night bout must be filed   via text (with the information below) and sent to the emcee or designated ACUI official(s) no more than 2 minutes at the conclusion of the last poet’s performance. In respect to the waiting audience, the committee will swiftly but earnestly review the protest and available evidence and hear testimonials from the teams directly involved and interview the available bout staff before rendering a decision. 

    Protest Text Format"This text signifies that I, [name] of team [insert team], am submitting an official protest due to [grievance]. 

  6. During the finals meeting on Saturday afternoon the coaches will be provided the cell phone numbers for the finals bout manager and attending ACUI bout staff.  At any time during finals if a team wishes to file a protest they will send a group text indicating their intention to      initiate a protest. The time stamp in the text will serve as evidence of when the initial contact is made. The standardized protest document should be completed and submitted 5 minutes or less after to the bout manager.
  7. All committee decisions are final and adjustments to scores and ranking will be made and announced as necessary in the bout.
  8. In respect to the waiting audience, the committee will swiftly but earnestly review the protest and available evidence and hear testimonials from the teams directly involved and interview the available bout staff before rendering a decision.
  9. All committee decisions are final and adjustments to scores and ranking will be made and announced as necessary.

 

Submitting Forms

The following forms should be downloaded and submitted to ACUI prior to the competition per the Eligibility Guidelines.

Mail forms to: ACUI, One City Centre, Suite 200, 120 W. Seventh St., Bloomington, IN 47404.

Eligibility Guidelines
  • Any student competing at an ACUI event must meet all eligibility guidelines listed here. Please download and submit the verification and agreement forms below. Students who do not submit proper documentation will not be allowed to compete. 
  • Adhere to ACUI’s Competitor Code of Conduct.
  • Meet eligibility criteria established by school. 
  • Adhere to dress code (with applicable events).
  • Limited to six years of eligibility (three years at a two-year institution).
  • Undergraduate students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA (on 4.0 scale); graduate students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on 4.0 scale).
  • Must be enrolled in academic term in which they qualified or are competing for at least nine credit hours. Or if the student is graduating in given term of the event and enrolled in less than nine credit hours, a letter from the registrar must be provided to verify expected graduation date.
  • Must not accept financial assistance form a professional organization or commercial organization for use of his or her name or picture when this use clearly implies endorsement of a product.
  • Must not accept awards or sponsorships that are not acceptable to the institution or other recognized association to which his or her institution belongs.
  • Eligibility verification must be verified by advisor or authorized staff member of the school. Registrar seal and signature are required on academic eligibility documentation for championship-level events.
Code of Conduct
  • Any student participating at an ACUI event must adhere to the code of conduct. Please download and submit the agreement form below. Students who do not submit proper documentation will not be allowed to compete.
  • Students are expected to review all advanced mailings and material received regarding the program. Information should also be shared with their campus advisor.
  • Access to cell phones, pagers, mobile devices, and electronic music devices is subject to the event coordinator’s discretion during the competition or program sessions; during the 2016 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, it is expected that all participants and audience members will turn off these devices during preliminary bouts, semi-finals, finals, awards ceremony, special performances, and workshops.
  • Drinking and illegal drugs are not allowed during programs regardless of the students’ age.
  • No smoking or chewing tobacco is allowed during programs or within the playing area.
  • Come prepared with a positive attitude, a willingness to take risks, and a desire to have fun.
  • Respect and uphold ACUI policies and philosophies of advancing campus community builders through unconditional human worth, joy, learning, caring community, innovation, communication and integrity.
  • Participants agree to abide by any additional regulations laid-out by the host institution.
  • Students are expected to follow the rules of all establishments and the hotel; students are responsible for themselves and will be liable for any behavioral issues
  • Community Code of Conduct: Negative posts, belittling accomplishments, bullying, posting of denigrating comments, or impersonating others in public or social media that create a hostile environment within our otherwise inclusive community are a violation of the ACUI code of conduct in place for all ACUI student programs which explicitly states that as a participant it is an obligation to abide by the code of conduct guidelines and violation of them “may jeopardize my status as a participant in this program.
  • Students are also expected to abide by any specific rules or codes applicable to a specific event.
Team Eligibility

According to ACUI's agreement with Poetry Slam, Inc., only teams from certified campus venues will be eligible to participate in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. This guarantees that teams are familiar with the tournament rules and format and legitimizes teams as contenders against other certified teams who have previously endured the slam judging process. Certification is automatically processed when a team registers for CUPSI; no additional purchase is necessary.

  • Teams must be selected through at least one well publicized open competition, and teams should not be hand-picked. 
  • Teams may have up to five members, but must have a minimum of 4 eligible members in order to participate. As per ACUI rules, you cannot repeat primary authorship in a bout. 
  • No more than five poets can be on stage to perform during a group piece. In the course of a bout, the fifth poet may appear in a group piece(s) and perform a solo piece as long as primary authorship is not violated. 
  • Teams are encouraged to bring one coach. 
  • Teams not meeting this expectation may be bumped out of the tournament and replaced by teams meeting all criteria from a wait list. 
  • Fifty percent of each team must be undergraduate students; 100 percent of all team members must be affiliated with the certified school. Affiliated membership includes current undergraduate or graduate student. 
  • Competitors may not be faculty members at their institution. 
  • Community members and alumni may not compete.
  • Only one team may participate in the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational from a single campus. Ultimately, a city can be represented by multiple teams from different institutions, but a single school should send its best five poets.