University of Houston-Victoria

Title IX and Equal Opportunity

Title IX and Equal Opportunity Social Media Contest Terms

Social Media Contest List

2020 Black History Month My Favorite Poster Contest: Post a selfie on Instagram with your favorite Black History Month poster featured in the Black History Poster Competition (on display in Lobby of University Center). Posts made between 12:01am (CST) on date contest is announced on Instagram @equal_UHV, and 11:59 p.m. (CST) on February 29, 2019, on Instagram using #UHVdiversity will have a chance to win a $50 prepaid Visa® Gift Card! Must follow @Equal_UHV to win.

2019 Hispanic Heritage Contest: Share about your favorite Hispanic figure. Posts made between 12:01am (CST) on September 19, 2019, and 11:59 p.m. (CST) on September 25, 2019, on Twitter or Instagram using #HispanicHeritageUHV and #EqualUHV will have a chance to win a $50 prepaid Visa® Gift Card! Must follow @Equal_UHV to win.

2019 Purple Selfie Contest for Take Back the Night Glow 5K Day: Post a selfie to Instagram of yourself wearing purple (clothes, ribbon, wristband, etc.) between 12:01am and 11:59 p.m (CST) on October 16, 2019 to promote the second annual UHV Take Back the Night Glow 5K using #EqualUHV and #AwareUHV for chance to win a $50 prepaid Visa® Gift Card! Must follow @Equal_UHV to win.

General Terms of Participation

The above listed contests are intended for play in the United States only and shall only be construed and evaluated according to United States law. Do not enter any listed contest unless you are eligible and a legal resident of the United States at the time of entry.

No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Void where prohibited. By entering, entrant agrees to be bound by these official rules, sponsor’s privacy policy and the decisions of the sponsor, which shall be final in all respects.


The above listed contests are open only to currently enrolled students of University of Houston-Victoria (defined as constituents for whom the University holds a verifiable record in its electronic database) who are also legal residents of any of the 50 United States or District of Columbia at the time of entry. One entry per person will be accepted for contest eligibility on each social media platform (see contest list for specific platforms).

Contest Timing:

Contest submissions must be received between 12:00:01 a.m. (midnight) Central Standard Time (“CST”) on the start date of the contest and 11:59:59 p.m. CST on the end date of the contest. (“Contest Entry Period”). See the Social Media Contest List for each contest’s start and end dates.

To Participate:

During the Contest Entry Period, the Sponsor invites participants to submit information as described in the Social Media Contest List in the following manner: (a) Online: Use the social media platform(s) or website with the topics and hashtags as listed. Your entry must not infringe on any third party’s trademark, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. All Entries must be received and recorded within the Contest Entry Period. The Sponsor’s computer is the official timekeeping device for this Contest. One entry per person will be accepted for contented eligibility per listed social media platform.


Entries submitted via a social media platform must comply with the platforms terms and conditions. Sponsor reserves the right to monitor or screen Entries prior to posting them to University websites, social media platforms, email messages, training and promotional materials, in its sole discretion. By entering, you acknowledge that your Entry may be posted on University websites, social media platforms, email messages, training and promotional materials, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. “Entry” includes full content of entry on social media as well as any separately submitted information including but not limited to user social media profile picture, statements, photos or images, videos, artwork, and voice recording. Sponsor has no obligation to use or post any Entry you submit. Sponsor shall have full right and power to copy, publish, broadcast, display, distribute, use, edit, translate, alter, combine with other material, reuse, adapt and/or commercialize any or all portions of the Entries in any way and for any purpose whatsoever, at any time, now or in the future, in any media now known or hereafter devised throughout the world. Entries that are not in accordance with the guidelines as stated herein or are not received during a Contest Entry Period will be ineligible, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. By submitting an Entry you warrant and represent that it: (a) is your original work; (b) has not been previously published; (c) has not received previous awards; (d) does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; and (e) that publication of the Entry via various media including Web posting, will not infringe on the rights of any third party. Any such entrant will indemnify and hold harmless, Sponsor from any claims to the contrary. Any Entry that, in the sole opinion of Sponsor, is deemed to be inappropriate for publication is ineligible. Incomplete, illegible, false, or deceptive Entries are not eligible. All Entries become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.

Prize Details:

Entrants will be entered into a random drawing for prize(s) as described in the Social Media Contest List.

Limitations of Liability and Release:

No liability or responsibility is assumed by Sponsor resulting from entrant’s participation in or attempt to participate in the listed contest(s) or ability or inability to upload or download any information in connection with the listed contest(s).

Operation of contest

No responsibility or liability is assumed by Sponsor for technical problems or technical malfunction arising in connection with any of the following occurrences which may affect the operation of the a listed contest: Hardware or software errors; faulty computer, cable, satellite, network, electronic, Internet connectivity or other online or network communication problems; errors or limitations of any Internet service providers, servers, hosts or other providers; garbled, jumbled or faulty data transmissions; failure of any online transmissions to be sent or received; lost, late, delayed or intercepted transmissions; inaccessibility of the Website or platform in whole or in part for any reason; traffic congestion on the Internet, the Website or platform; unauthorized human or non-human intervention of the operation of a listed contest, including without limitation, unauthorized tampering, hacking, theft, virus, bugs, or worms; or destruction of any aspect of the contest, or loss, miscount, misdirection, inaccessibility or unavailability of an email account used in connection with the contest. Sponsor is not responsible for any printing, typographical, technical, computer, network or human error which may occur in the administration of a listed contest, the uploading, the processing of votes or Entries, the judging of Entries, the announcement of the prizes or in any contest-related materials. Sponsor is not liable in the event that any portion of a listed contest is canceled due to weather, fire, strike, acts of war or terrorism, or any other condition beyond their control (a “Force Majeure Event”). Sponsor may cancel contest drawing due to insufficient number of eligible entries.

Use of equipment, website and social media platforms

Use of the Website or a social media platform is at user’s own risk. Sponsor is not responsible for any personal injury or property damage or losses of any kind which may be sustained to user’s or any other person’s computer or video equipment resulting from participation in a listed contest. By participating in a listed contest, entrants (and their parent(s)/legal guardian(s) if entrants are minors) agree (a) to release Sponsor and the Promotion Parties from any and all claims, damages or liabilities arising from or relating to such entrant’s participation in the Contest, including any claim that any future Sponsor product is similar to, based upon, or infringes on the entrant’s Entry; (b) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and participant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental, consequential, or any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses; (c) all causes of action arising out of or connected with a listed contest, or any prize awarded, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (d) any and all claims, judgments, and award shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, excluding attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Acceptance of a prize

By accepting any prize, recipient (and recipient’s parent or legal guardian if recipient is a minor) (a) agrees that social media platforms, Sponsor, and all of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents will have no liability whatsoever for, and shall be held harmless by Entrant against, any liability for injuries, losses or damages of any kind to persons or property resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from participation in a listed contest; from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize and (b) grants (and agrees to confirm grant in writing promptly upon request) to Sponsor and those acting under Sponsor’s authority, and each of their respective designees the right to use his/her name and Entry (which may be altered, changed, modified, edited, used alone or with other works, as solely determined by Sponsor) at any time or times, for advertising, trade, publicity and promotional purposes in any media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide, including the Internet without review, notification or approval, and additional compensation or consideration, unless prohibited by law. “Entry” includes full content of entry on social media as well as any separately submitted information including but not limited to user social media profile picture, statements, photos or images, videos, artwork, and voice recording.

General Conditions:

No prize substitutions, cash equivalent, or transfer of prizes permitted except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. Prize subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to award a prize of greater or equal value if the advertised prize is unavailable. All other costs not specifically stated herein, including, but not limited to, taxes, meals, tips and ground transportation, are the responsibility of the winner. Taxes are solely the responsibility of the winner.

Contest-related events or tickets to events as prizes

If a prize package includes admission to a specific event and the event is unable to take place as scheduled, for reasons such as cancellation, preemption, postponement or unavailability, or for any reason beyond the control of the Sponsor, the Sponsor’s sole responsibility to a winner will be to award the remaining available portion of the prize and no substitution will be provided for unawarded portion of prize. Tickets are subject to terms and conditions as specified by issuer. Seat locations to be determined by the Sponsor. The Sponsor reserves the right to remove or to deny entry to winner and/or guest(s) if they engage in a disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person at the event.

Mailed prizes

In the event that a prize or prize certificate is mailed to the winner, winner assumes the risk of its loss. The Sponsor is not responsible for the safe arrival of a prize or prize certificate.

Interrupted contest

If for any reason a listed contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the contest, or any part of it, and disqualify any individual who is responsible for such action from current and future contest entry. If terminated, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, determine the winner(s) from among all eligible Entries received up to time of such action using the procedures outlined herein.

Applicable laws and policies

Listed contests are offered only in the United States and all issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, participant’s rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Texas, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules. By entering, entrants consent to the jurisdiction and venue of the federal, state and local courts for Victoria County, Texas. Please see the UHS privacy notice regarding the personal information collected in connection with a listed contest.

Legal Warning: Any attempt by an individual, whether or not an entrant, to deliberately damage, destroy, tamper or vandalize the website and/or a social media platform, or interfere with the operation of a listed contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and the Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages and diligently pursue all remedies against any such individual to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Terms for Winner(s):

Winner notification process

Winner(s) will be notified by mail, phone and/or email. Selected winner(s) will have 24 hours to reply to Sponsor as directed in notification and claim prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any change in entrant’s email, mailing address and/or telephone number. If attempted notification is returned as undeliverable, if winner cannot be verified or if winner is otherwise unable to accept the prize as stated, or if winner is otherwise disqualified, prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate winner who will be selected from among all remaining eligible Entries. Prizes won by an eligible participant who is a minor in his or her state of residence may be awarded to a minor’s parent or legal guardian. Any waiver of any obligation hereunder by Sponsor does not constitute a general waiver of any obligation to entrants.

Future use of a winning entry

By accepting a prize, Winner agrees that their Entry will be deemed a Work Made For Hire under the Copyright laws of the United States, but if it cannot be so deemed, then the Winner irrevocably assigns and transfers to Sponsor all of their right, title and interest in and to their Entry, including all but not limited to all copyright and trademark rights which he or she may have, in the United States and worldwide, therein, for consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged. Winner hereby waives in favor of Sponsor, all rights of “Droit Moral” or “Moral Rights of Authors” or any similar rights or principles of law that Winner may now or later have to their Entry. Sponsor reserves the right to alter, change or modify the winning Entry, in whole or in part, in its sole discretion. Upon request of Sponsor, Winner shall execute and deliver such additional instrument of assignment, as may be solely deemed by Sponsor, reasonably necessary to establish the ownership of record of the right, title and interest in and to the Entry and of the copyrights transferred and “Moral Rights of Authors” waived under these Official Rules. Should Sponsor fail to request the said assignment as stated, that shall not be deemed a waiver of Sponsor’s rights and Sponsor may at a later time request the assignment.

List of Winner(s):

For the names of the Winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received within 60 calendar days of the contest end date to:

UHV Title IX & Equal Opportunity Office,

[Insert name of Social Media Contest] Winners List

3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

Victoria, TX 77901.


UHV Title IX & Equal Opportunity Office, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Victoria, TX 77901. The listed contest or promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding this promotion shall be directed to Sponsor and not to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.