Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials (TTAO) Adjudicator’s Conflict of Interest Policy
TTAO Adjudicators shall not accept a
judging assignment at a contest that would cause a legitimate conflict of interest.
TTAO considers the following to officially constitute an Adjudicator conflict
of interest for a One-Act Play contest:
1. The Adjudicator has familial
relations (by blood, marriage, or other legal arrangement, either current or
previous) to any person directly associated with a participating school’s
company, directing team, or administration.
2. The Adjudicator knowingly accepts
money, gifts, favors, or bribes in exchange for preferential treatment of a
3. The Adjudicator has worked on or
viewed a school’s specific production of a contest play in any capacity before
judging it on the day of the contest.
4. The Adjudicator judges a contest
for which the school district of their current employment competes.
recognizes that some other activities in which an Adjudicator engages, beyond
the above outlined restrictions, could lead to a situation where students,
school staff members, and/or the general public may wrongly perceive a
potential conflict of interest on the Adjudicator’s part. An important note
regarding conflicts of interest is that the perception of a potential conflict
of interest, does not in itself, provide evidence of an actual conflict of
interest or wrongdoing. Given the relatively small size of the educational
theatre community in the state, as well as the collaborative nature of
educational theatre in and of itself, it proves natural that interactions
between judges and representatives from competing schools exist outside of the
One-Act Play contest. As long as the above, declared restrictions have not been
violated, TTAO does not view these other, outside relationships to constitute
conflicts of interest on the Adjudicator’s part. Some examples that do not
constitute a conflict of interest might include, but are not limited to, social
relationships, former co-worker statuses, and/or other educational or organizational
TTAO trusts its Certified
Adjudicators as accomplished professionals with integrity who practice the
highest the highest ethical standards in One-Act Play adjudication. Thus, it is
the responsibility of the Adjudicator to notify the UIL State Theatre Director
immediately if any relationship exists that the Adjudicator feels would impair
their ability to fairly and impartially adjudicate an assigned and/or
 See more on affinity or consanguinity as defined in Government
Code 573, Subchapter B.