Debate Camp - FAQ

KU Debate Camp - Frequently Asked Questions About The JDI

Every year we get dozens of phone calls and e-mail messages from students and parents with questions about JDI policy. We want to do everything possible to familiarize you with JDI policies and procedures. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at

In the interim, we hope that the following FAQ sheet will help you get to know us a little better. 

Q: Do you offer financial aid?

A: This year we have set our entry fees as low as possible to make it as affordable as possible for everyone. Many students have been able to obtain financial aid through other sources, such as scholarship programs sponsored by state activities and coaches' associations, school scholarship funds, and private foundations. If you have unique financial needs have your coach communicate with Dr. Harris.

Q: When do I find out if I have been accepted?

A: In general, unless you are notified otherwise, you can expect to be enrolled once your registration form is received.  An email will be sent confirming your registration. If you do not get a response send an email to Dr. Harris at

Q: What are my technology needs for online camp

A: You will need a computer with connection to the internet and a quite space for you to stream in to camp. Since debate activities will require streaming, you will need internet speeds of at least 20 mbps. You will also need a microphone and webcam. Most laptops have these built in and they are normally sufficient. Additionally, we recommend a pair of headphones or earbuds and an external speaker. It is advisable that you acquire a good quality microphone to ensure your audio is picked up over Zoom. If you do not, we recommended using a gaming headset to bundle the microphone and headphones. You can consider using an external microphone to plug in to your computer. The best way to ensure a stable internet connection is to use an ethernet cable that connects directly to your router. If your work station is not near your wireless router you might consider acquiring a longer ethernet cable (they come in lengths up to 100 feet). Students will also need other debate items such as flow paper and pens. A laptop stand and a space to speak from that you can place in front of your computer when doing speeches can be useful. It is also helpful to have an external second monitor that you can connect to your computer. The ability to have one screen for the stream video and a second monitor for speech documents can be very helpful during debates.

Q: What happens if I get sick and miss class or my internet cuts out?

A: Not to worry! All labs and lectures will be recorded in Zoom. This will allow students to watch parts of a session they may have missed or review portions of lecture.

Q: What is the daily camp schedle?

A: Students should plan on a daily schedule of synchronous meetings from 10 am to 5 pm each day with a break for lunch. There will be asynchronous voluntary evening sessions with camp staff available to work with students in online zoom rooms to provide assistance.

Q: Will the camp run on weekends/the Fourth of July?

A: The three week camp overlaps the 4th of July this year. We will have a limited lab schedule in the afternoon of the 4th.




Q: Do I need to buy evidence?

A: All of the evidence produced by the camp will be provided for you at no charge. 



Upcoming Events

2022 Debate Camp
Registration Online

More info »

One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times
KU Today
Registration for this year's Jayhawk Debate Institute closes tomorrow, make sure you have your application in by to…