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#BobcatVisits Sweepstakes

No purchase is necessary to enter or win. All federal, state, local and municipal laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.

1. Eligibility

The #BobcatVisits sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open to any prospective undergraduate student registered for a campus visit at the Ohio University Athens campus. The Sweepstakes is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

2. Sponsor

The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Ohio University Communications and Marketing, located at 1 Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701.

3. Agreement to Official Rules

Participation in the #BobcatVisits sweepstakes constitutes entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these official rules and the decisions of the sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these official rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.

4. Sweepstakes Period

The Sweepstakes begins on January 1, 2023, and a new sweepstakes will begin on the 1st of each proceeding month. Each sweepstakes period will begin on the 1st of the calendar month and will end on the last day of the calendar month.

5. How to Enter

Sweepstakes entrants must take a photo or video while visiting the Athens campus and post the photo/video on Instagram, Twitter or TikTok. Instagram and TikTok stories do not qualify. The post must be public and must include the hashtag #BobcatVisits. This sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok.

6. Prize Drawing

Beginning on October 1, 2023, the sponsor will select a winner through a random drawing from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. The sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via social media direct message within one week of the drawing. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days after the date of the first attempt to contact them, the sponsor may select an alternate potential winner in their place at random from the remaining non-winning eligible entries.

7. Winner Notification

The winner will be notified by direct message on the social media platform from which they submitted their entry. Each potential winner will be required to accept their prize and provide anaddress to which the prize can be shipped within five (5) days of the date notice or attempted notice is sent in order to claim their prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted or fails to accept the prize and provide a shipping address within the required time period, or if the prize is returned as undeliverable, the potential winner forfeits prize. In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.

8. Prizes

Winners will receive an Ohio University crewneck sweatshirt (pictured). 

9. General Conditions

In the event that the operation, security or administration of the Sweepstakes is impaired in any way for any reason, including but not limited to fraud, virus, bug, worm, unauthorized human intervention or other technical problem, or in the event the Sweepstakes is unable to run as planned for any other reason, as determined by sponsor in its sole discretion, the sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either (a) suspend the Sweepstakes to address the impairment and then resume the Sweepstakes in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these official rules or (b) terminate the Sweepstakes and, in the event of termination, award the prize at random from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment. The sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of these official rules or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to damage the website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, the sponsor reserves the right to seek damages (including attorney's fees) and any other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Failure by the sponsor to enforce any provision of these official rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. By participating in the Sweepstakes, entrants grant Ohio University permission to use their entry, as well as their name, image, and likeness for purposes of advertising, publicity, and promotion purposes, without further compensation to the entrant, unless prohibited by law.

10. Release and Limitations of Liability

By participating in the #BobcatVisits sweepstakes, entrants agree to release and hold harmless the sponsor and each of their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, other companies associated with the Sweepstakes and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, shareholders, representatives and agents (the released parties) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of the prize, including, but not limited to: (a) any technical errors associated with the Sweepstakes; (b) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (c) mechanical, network, electronic, computer, human, printing or typographical errors; (d) application downloads; or (e) any other errors or problems in connection with the Sweepstakes, including, without limitation, errors that may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes, the announcement of the winner, the cancellation or postponement of the drawing, the processing of entries or in any Sweepstakes-related materials. Entrant further agrees that in any cause of action, the released parties liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the contest, and in no event shall the entrant be entitled to receive attorney's fees. Released parties are also not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by site users, tampering, hacking or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes. Entrant waives the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct or indirect damages.

11. Disputes

Except where prohibited, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the #BobcatVisits sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Ohio. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these official rules, entrants rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of the sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Ohio, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules, which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Ohio.

12. Privacy

Information collected from entrants is subject to the sponsor's privacy policy.

13. Discretion

Ohio University reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Sweepstakes at any time, for any reason or no reason.

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