Pets of #IndependenceU Photo Contest Official Rules
Posted By Staff Writer on September 20, 2017
At Independence University, we recognize that the last week of a module can be stressful. It’s a time of final projects and exams, and although study time is crucial, it’s okay to take a break and relieve some stress. What better way to do that than with pictures of cute pets? That’s why we’re hosting the Pets of #IndependenceU Photo Contest! Share a photo of your pet on Facebook or Instagram using #IndependenceU, and you’ll be entered to win one of three (3) Amazon Gift cards! The contest opens Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 (at 12:01 a.m. MST) and ends Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 (at 11:59 MST). Here’s how to enter:
- Snap a photo of your pet.
- Post your photo on Instagram using #IndependenceU, or on the Independence University Facebook page using #IndependenceU.
One person may be awarded up to two (2) entries for posting his/her photo on Instagram and the IU Facebook page using #IndependenceU. Three (3) winners will be selected by vote of Independence University staff; the grand prize winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, and two (2) second place winners will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Contest Rules NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS PROMOTION. By entering this promotion, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Any violation of these rules may, at Independence University’s discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of Independence University regarding this Promotion are final and binding in all respects. ELIGIBILITY. This contest is open to residents of the United States except where invalid or prohibited by state law. This contest is not open to residents of Florida, New York, Rhode Island or other states or territories in which registration, bonding or other regulatory activities, if any, are required. Employees of Independence University or its affiliates and independent contractors and their households are not eligible. PRIZE DESCRIPTION. There will be three (3) winners. No more than three (3) prizes will be awarded. The grand prize winner will be awarded a $50 Amazon gift card. Two (2) second place winners will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card. Prize must be accepted as awarded. No prize or any portion thereof is transferable or redeemable for cash. HOW TO ENTER. To qualify to win you must post a photo in response to the contest prompt in one of two (2) ways:
- Post the photo on Instagram using #IndependenceU
- Post the photo on the IU Facebook Page using #IndependenceU
WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION. Winner selection will be conducted by vote of Independence University staff no later than October 3, 2017. Any potential winner will be notified via Facebook, Instagram, email and/or telephone within two (2) days of selection. If a potential winner: (a) cannot be contacted; (b) does not respond within one (1) day from the date Independence University first tries to notify him/her; (c) refuses the prize; and/or (d) the prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, such potential winner forfeits all rights to win the Promotion or receive the prize, and an alternate potential winner may be selected. Upon contacting a potential winner and determining that he/she has met all eligibility requirements of the Promotion, such individual will be declared the “winner” of the Promotion.
ODDS OF WINNING. Chances of winning the prize are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.
TAXES. All federal, state and/or local income and other taxes, if any, are the winner’s sole responsibility. CONSENT AND RELEASE. By entering the Promotion, each entrant releases and discharges Independence University and its affliates from any and all liability whatsoever in connection with this Promotion, including without limitation legal claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages, demands or actions of any kind (including without limitation personal injury, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light) (collectively, “Claims”). Except where prohibited: (a) acceptance of a prize constitutes the consent of any winner, without further notice or compensation, to use the name and likeness of such winner for editorial, advertising and publicity purposes by Independence University; (b) acceptance of a prize constitutes a release by any winner of Independence University of any and all Claims in connection with the administration of this Promotion and the use, misuse, or possession of any prize; and (c) any potential winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility (including social security number) and a liability/publicity release. Affidavits and releases must be returned within seven (7) days from the date that Independence University first tries to notify the potential winner. If a winner is deemed to be a minor under the jurisdiction of his/her residence, the prize will be awarded in the name of his/her parent or legal guardian who must execute the necessary affidavit and release.
DISCLAIMERS. (a) Independence University reserves the right in its absolute discretion, without any liability to any contest entrant, to withdraw or modify the contest should Facebook, Instagram, or any systems or network of Independence University or its affiliates be adversely affected by any virus or other similar destructive agent during the term of the contest;
(b) Independence University and its affiliates disclaim all responsibility or liability for any loss or damage to an entrant’s computer system resulting from any information that may be downloaded by an entrant or otherwise acquired from Facebook;
(c) Independence University accepts no responsibility and will not be liable for entry forms that are not received, incomplete, lost, late, misdirected or illegible for whatever reason, including without limitation, due to computer or other system interruption, malfunction or breakdown of any kind or duration;
(d) Independence University, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person tampering with the entry process or the operation of Independence University’s Facebook site or otherwise attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion. Use of bots, other automated processes, or more than one Facebook profile to enter is prohibited and may result in disqualification at the sole discretion of Independence University;
(e) Independence University further reserves the right to cancel, terminate or modify the Promotion if it is not capable of completion as planned, including by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, force majeure or technical failures of any sort;
(f) Independence University and its affiliates are not responsible for errors in the administration or fulfillment of this Promotion, and may cancel, terminate or modify this Promotion based upon such error at their sole discretion without liability. In no event will Independence University be responsible for awarding more than the number of prizes specified in these rules;
(g) In the event this Promotion is canceled or terminated, Independence University, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered.
APPLICABLE LAWS AND JURISDICTION. This Promotion is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Issues concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules shall be governed by the laws of the State of Utah, without regard to any principles of conflict of laws. By entering the contest, entrant agrees that: (a) any and all disputes, claims, controversies and/or causes of action arising out of or related to this contest, the official rules, and/or the prize awarded shall be resolved by binding arbitration, to be administered in accordance with the commercial arbitration rules followed by the American Arbitration Association. All determinations as to the scope, enforceability, and effect of this arbitration provision shall be submitted to the arbitrator. Any judgment or award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof; (b) any and all claims, judgment, and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the contest; and (c) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased. If any particular provision of these official rules shall be deemed unenforceable or invalid, it shall not affect the other provisions hereof and the official rules shall be construed in all respects as if such invalid or unenforceable provision(s) was omitted.