Terms of Agreement & Code of Conduct

All participants must read and agree to these Terms of Agreement and the Code of Conduct when registering for The Global Challenge.


The Global Challenge is an educational community made up of students, science, technology, engineering and mathematics educators, mentors, and professionals. We value an open exchange of ideas, respect for others, honesty, responsibility and integrity.


Terms of Agreement


By registering for The Global Challenge for a term of one year, you acknowledge and agree to the following:

1. Communications and artifacts created by you during your term of registration will be subject to  scrutiny by Global Challenge staff, evaluators and researchers, and may be summarized for evaluation and research purposes such as: 

  • Evaluating the impact of The Global Challenge on the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics applied to complex systems and global problems.
  • Describing the ways that high school students and their adult advisors work together in a global context.
  • Describing the ways that high school students interact online in a global problem-solving context.
  • Developing hypotheses about correlations among the data, artifacts, and participants.
  • Other questions relevant to building an understanding of how Information Technologies and the Cyberinfrastructure can be used to strengthen knowledge, skills and attitudes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

2. Awards given to you by The Global Challenge will be used to further your higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

3. For news and publicity, pictures of you and quotes by you can be used to help promote The Global Challenge without explicit permission for each use. No private or identifying information concerning your location will be included without explicit permission from you or your parents.


Code of Conduct 


All participants agree to behave according to this code of conduct. Participation in The Global Challenge is a privilege, not a right, and is granted on a year-to-year basis. It may be revoked or prevented based on past or present conduct by the individual. Students' conduct should always conform to high ethical, moral and behavioral standards. Students whose behavior is deemed inappropriate, or who engage in conduct that tends to or has the potential to bring discredit on their teams or the Global Challenge, may forfeit their privilege of participation in the program, including loss of scholarships or other awards.

1. All ideas, arguments, and phrases, submitted without attribution to other sources, must be the creative product of the student. Thus, all text passages taken from the works of other authors must be properly cited. The same applies to paraphrased text, opinions, data, examples, illustrations, and all other creative work.

2. All experimental data, observations, interviews, statistical surveys, and other information collected and reported as part of academic work must be authentic. Any alteration, e.g., the removal of statistical outliers, must be clearly documented.

3. As the Global Challenge is a collaborative effort, any creative work shared by one team member with other team members becomes a part of the collective team's work and may be used by all members of the team.

4. A member will not exaggerate or distort the nature of his own or another team member's contribution to the team effort.

5. Students who use MySpace, Facebook, or other public forums (whether on the internet or in print or other media) to identify their participation in the Global Challenge must accept responsibility for associated content they control that may be deemed inappropriate. Participants will not use such forums to speak inappropriately about other participants or The Global Challenge.

6. To facilitate collaboration and open communication, the Global Challenge attempts to give participants easy access to each others' contact information. Participants will protect the privacy rights of others and must never use access to other participants' or staff members' personal information for commercial or illegal purposes.