The Marshall MBA Program values its global reputation as a top business school, and is continually mindful of ways to further enhance it. While case competitions, new venture competitions, stock pitch competitions, and other similar events offer unique learning experiences and opportunities to enhance professional and personal networks, all decisions to participate are made in light of their impact on our reputation. In order to support this effort, the following participation policies are in place:
In addition to the application screening process, students must meet the following minimum requirements in order to participate in a case competition:
Case competition participation does not constitute an excused absence from class. You should not apply for competitions that conflict with your class schedule. You are responsible for turning all class assignments in on time.
Once a student is selected for a case competition team, it is expected that the student will demonstrate a strong commitment to preparing for the teams success. This commitment may include:
Students who feel they will be unable to meet their commitment to the team should contact Sofifia Guerra (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the lead MBCP coach within 48 hours of being notified of their selection to the team so that a replacement team member can be identified or other appropriate actions can be taken.
Upholding the commitment to the team is critical to maintain not only the student personal reputation, but also the reputation of the USC Marshall School. Students who back out of their commitment to a case competition team or fail to meet any of the above requirements may incur the following consequences, depending on the severity of the situation:
Extenuating circumstances, such as a medical or family emergency, will be considered excused absences. In such cases, the student should notify Sofia Guerra (email@example.com) as soon as possible.