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Debate Standards

​Delaware Debates, October 16, 2012, House of Representatives

University of Delaware have chosen to adopt the suggestions of the Debate Standards Advisory Project, a joint project of Pew Center and Knight Center that was funded through a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts and sponsored by the Center for American Politics and Citizenship at the University of Maryland. Its goal was the improvement of candidate debates by developing nonpartisan standards for debates and the sponsorship of debates.

The Debate Book: Standards and Guidelines for Sponsoring Political Candidate Debates in Congressional, State, and Local Elections, with Ronald A. Faucheux, (Washington, D.C.: Campaigns and Elections, 2003).

The debates are held in Mitchell Hall on the University’s Newark campus. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and everyone must be seated by 6:30 p.m. The debates conclude at 9:15pm.

Each debate includes formal, moderated question-and-answer segments, as well as questions from students.

No campaign materials, literature, hats, stickers, signs or banners of any kind will be allowed inside Mitchell Hall.

The audience is prohibited from applauding or making noise during the debate and may not do anything visible or audible to express support or opposition to any candidate during the debate. Violations will prompt immediate removal of audience members from the debate venue.

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