Regulations

 

53rd International Mathematical Olympiad

1. General

1.1 The 53rd International Mathematical Olympiad ("IMO 2012") will be held in Argentina from 4 July to 16 July 2012.

1.2 These regulations (the "Regulations") govern the running of IMO 2012.

1.3 The Argentine Mathematical Olympiad Foundation ("FOMA") has overall responsibility for the organization of IMO 2012.

1.4 The aims of IMO 2012 are:

  • to discover, encourage and challenge mathematically gifted young people in all countries;
  • to foster friendly international relationships among mathematicians of all countries;
  • to create an opportunity for the exchange of information on school syllabuses and practices throughout the world;
  • to promote mathematics in general.

2. Participation

2.1 Participation in IMO 2012 is by invitation only. Each invited country is entitled to send a team consisting of up to six contestants (the "Contestants"), a Leader, and a Deputy Leader, to be known collectively as the participants (the "Participants").

2.2 A country’s Contestants should normally be citizens or residents of that country, and should be selected through that country’s national Mathematical Olympiad or equivalent selection program. Contestants must not have formally enrolled at a university or any other equivalent post-secondary institution, and they must have been born on or after 12 July 1992.

2.3 Observers, including family members, (the "Observers") may apply to accompany the Participants. The terms under which they can do so are detailed in sub-clause 3.6 below.

2.4 The official program (the "Official Program") as referred to below is the program and outline itinerary for IMO 2012 and associated events. FOMA reserves the right to amend or revise the Official Program in whole or part. If it becomes necessary to make any significant changes, Participants and Observers of the invited countries will be notified.

  • The Official Program for Leaders begins on 4 July 2012 and ends on 16 July 2012.
  • The Official Program for Deputy Leaders and the Contestants begins on 8 July 2012 and ends on 16 July 2012.

2.5 Each invited country wishing to participate in IMO 2012 must confirm their participation online (www.imo-official.org/registration) using the username and password provided by FOMA, no later than 29 February 2012. This will also confirm that the Leader agrees to abide by the Regulations for IMO 2012.

  • Registration of Leaders, Deputy Leaders, Observers and the number of Contestants must be completed online no later than 30 April 2012.
  • Registration of Contestants must be completed online no later than 30 May 2012.
  • Registration of travel details of Participants and Observers must be completed online no later than 15 June 2012.

2.6 Leaders and Deputy Leaders are responsible for the conduct of the Contestants, and for the avoidance of doubt the Leaders and Deputy Leaders are acting in loco parentis for their Contestants except where FOMA has been notified in writing that an Observer has been nominated to act in loco parentis.

2.7 Leaders and Deputy Leaders must ensure that their Contestants know and fully understand clause 5 of these Regulations. They must also make it clear that any Contestant who violates any of these Regulations may be liable to disqualification from IMO 2012. In order to avoid any trouble or accident, Leaders and Deputy Leaders must also fully inform their Contestants of the contents of "Important Information for Contestants of IMO 2012".

3. Responsibility for Accommodation and Expenses

3.1 The official arrival and departure sites are:

  • Mar del Plata Airport (by plane)
  • Mar del Plata Railway Station (by train)
  • Mar del Plata Bus Station (by bus)

FOMA will cover all official expenses for Participants and Observers, including accommodation in shared double rooms, meals, transport between the official arrival and departure sites and the accommodation sites, as well as other necessary transport between the accommodation sites and other venues on the Official Program for all the Participants and Observers. In order to maintain the integrity of IMO 2012, the detailed Official Program will not be disclosed until arrival.

3.2 Other than in respect of the provision of accommodation, meals and transport during the Official Program as detailed in sub-clause 3.1, FOMA shall not be liable under any circumstances for any costs or expenses whatsoever or howsoever incurred by any Participant or Observer in connection with IMO 2012. In particular, FOMA shall not be liable for any expenses derived from:

Spending extra days in Argentina outside the period 4-16 July 2012 for Leaders and Observers A (as defined in sub-clause 3.6), and outside the period 8-16 July 2012 for Deputy Leaders, Contestants and Observers B and C (as defined in sub-clause 3.6); travel to and from Argentina incurred by Participants or Observers; travel within Argentina prior to arrival at Mar del Plata Airport or Mar del Plata Railway Station/Bus Station or following departure incurred by Participants or Observers.

3.3 All Participants and Observers are responsible for obtaining full accident, health and travel insurance. It is the Leader's responsibility to confirm online (www.imo-official.org/registration) using the username and password provided by FOMA that this condition has been met for all Participants and Observers of his or her team.

3.4 FOMA will offer opportunities to Participants and Observers for excursions and/or cultural trips but will be under no obligation to organize specific activities.

3.5 In reference to sub-clause 3.1 above, Leaders and Deputy Leaders may apply for a single room. The deadline for receipt of such an application is 30 April 2012. Since extra accommodation is limited, no guarantee is given that such applications will be successful. For those applications that are notified as being successful, full payment of the following charges must be made in cleared funds by 30 May 2012.

  • A single room for a Leader U$S 900 (nine hundred Dollars, for 12 nights).
  • A single room for a Deputy Leader U$S 600 (six hundred Dollars, for 8 nights).

Any application received without the full payment of the charges will be rejected. No refund will be given.

3.6 In reference to sub-clause 2.3 above, Observers may apply to accompany the Participants. The deadline for receipt of such an application is 30 April 2012. Since extra accommodation is limited, no guarantee is given that such applications will be successful. For those applications that are notified as being successful, full payment of the following charges must be made in cleared funds by 30 May 2012.

  • Observer A accompanying the Leader and residing at or near the Leaders' sites: U$S 3900 (three thousand nine hundred Dollars) for a single room, U$S 3000 (three thousand Dollars) per person for a shared double room (for 12 nights).
  • Observer B accompanying the Deputy Leader and residing at or near the Deputy Leaders' sites: U$S 2600 (two thousand and six hundred Dollars) for a single room, U$S 2000 (two thousand Dollars) per person for a shared double room (for 8 nights).
  • Observer C accompanying the Contestants and residing at their site: U$S 2600 (two thousand and six hundred Dollars) for a single room, U$S 2000 (two thousand Dollars) per person for a shared double room (for 8 nights).

Any application received without the full payment of the charges will be rejected. No refund will be given.

4. Proposals for Problems

4.1 Each participating country other than the host country is expected to submit up to six proposed problems, with solutions, to be received by the Problem Selection Committee no later than 4 May 2012. Only the Leader may submit the proposals, following a secure procedure.

4.2 The proposals should, as far as possible, cover various fields of pre-university mathematics and be of varying degrees of difficulty. They should be new and may not have been suggested for or used in any other mathematics competition.

4.3 The proposals must only be written in English, French, German, Russian or Spanish. The proposals and solutions should be accompanied by their English versions.

5. Contest Regulations

5.1 The contest element of IMO 2012 (the "Contest") will take place in Mar del Plata on 10 and 11 July 2012, under the direction of the Chief Supervisor appointed by FOMA. On each day of the Contest the examination will start in the morning and last for four and a half hours. Each of the two examination papers will consist of three problems.

5.2 Each Contestant may receive the problems in one or two languages, previously requested on the registration form, provided that the Jury (as defined in sub-clause 6.1) has approved the relevant translation.

5.3 Each Contestant must work independently and submit solutions in his/ her own language. The solutions must be written on answer forms provided by FOMA. Contestants must write on only one side of each answer form.

5.4 The only instruments permitted in the Contest will be writing and drawing instruments, such as rulers and compasses. In particular, books, papers, tables, calculators, protractors, computers and communication devices will not be allowed into the examination room.

5.5 The Jury, Observers and any others who have any knowledge of the problems and solutions before the examinations shall do their utmost to ensure that no Contestant has any information, direct or indirect, about any proposed problem. They must also ensure that all Contest problems and solutions are kept strictly confidential until after the entire Contest has finished. They are barred, from the moment of their arrival at the jury site until the conclusion of the second examination, from having any external communication with Contestants, Deputy Leaders and accompanying Observers.

However, if such communication becomes necessary because of an emergency, FOMA will provide proper assistance. Similarly, Contestants, Deputy Leaders and Observers B and C are barred from contacting Leaders and Observers A during the same period of time. Information about arrivals, delays and similar messages are to be directed exclusively to the published IMO office and may be forwarded by the office to the Leaders upon request.

5.6 The total number of prizes (first, second and third) will not exceed half the total number of Contestants. The numbers of first, second and third prizes will be approximately in the ratio 1:2:3.

5.7 Special prizes may be awarded for solutions considered outstanding by the Jury. Proposals for such special prizes will be put forward by the Chief Coordinator appointed by FOMA.

5.8 The prizes will be awarded at the Closing Ceremony. Each Contestant who has not received a first, second or third prize will receive a Certificate of Honorable Mention if he/she has received seven points for the solution of at least one problem.

5.9 Each Participant and Observer will receive a Certificate of Participation.

6. Jury Regulations

6.1 The "Jury" will consist of all Leaders, together with a Chairman. A Leader may be replaced by his/her Deputy Leader in an emergency (subject to the prior approval and consent of the Chairman of the Jury). Members of the IMO Advisory Board who are not already members of the Jury, members of the Problem Selection Committee and the Coordinators (as defined in clause 7 below) may also attend meetings of the Jury as observers. Observers may attend meetings of the Jury only with the permission of the Chairman of the Jury, but will not be entitled to speak or vote. However, they may exceptionally speak at the explicit request of the Chairman of the Jury. Deputy Leaders may attend, as observers, meetings of the Jury held after the Contest.

6.2 Only Leaders may vote in the decisions of the Jury and each Leader will have one vote. A motion shall be carried by a simple majority of those voting. In the event of a tie, the Chairman will have a casting vote.

6.3 The Jury may appoint sub-committees to consider specific matters.

6.4 The meetings of the Jury will be conducted principally in English. The Chairman should request a translation into some of the official languages (French, German, Russian and Spanish) as needed.

6.5 In reference to clause 4, the Problem Selection Committee appointed by FOMA selects a number of submitted problem proposals to form the Problem Shortlist of the IMO 2012 ("Shortlist"). Each Leader receives the Shortlist for him/ herself and his or her Observers A upon arrival at the jury site on 4 July 2012.

6.6 The Shortlist has to be kept strictly confidential until the conclusion of the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad 2013.

6.7 Before the Contest the Jury will

  • Verify that all Contestants comply with the prescribed conditions for participation;
  • Select the Contest problems from the Shortlist;
  • Prepare and approve the official versions of the Contest problems in English, French, German, Russian and Spanish;
  • Approve the translations of the Contest problems into all required languages;
  • Approve the marking schemes that have been prepared under the direction of the Chief Coordinator.

6.8 On each day of the Contest, the Jury will consider written questions raised by Contestants during the first half hour of the Contest and decide on replies.

6.9 After the Contest, the Jury will

  • Receive and approve a report made by the Chief Supervisor on the conduct of the examinations;
  • Receive a report from the Chief Coordinator on any unresolved disputes which may have arisen during coordination (as in sub-clause 7.4) and determine the appropriate scores;
  • Approve the scores of all Contestants;
  • Decide winners of first, second and third prizes;
  • Consider and make decisions on all proposals to award special prizes;
  • Consider matters raised about future International Mathematical Olympiads.

6.10 Any allegation or suspicion of a violation of the Regulations generally shall be reported to the Chairman of the Jury. If he considers there is a prima facie case, he will form a committee to investigate further. The committee will report its findings to the Jury. The Jury will decide whether a violation has occurred and, if it decides that one has, then it will decide what sanction, if any, to apply. Possible sanctions include the disqualification of an individual Contestant or an entire team from the competition. The decision of the Jury will be final.

7. Coordination

7.1 For each problem, each Contestant will receive an integer score out of a maximum of seven points.

7.2 Prior to coordination, Contestants' solutions will be assessed by Leaders and Deputy Leaders in accordance with the marking schemes approved by the Jury.

7.3 Each coordination session will involve at least two Coordinators provided by FOMA. Two representatives, normally the Leader and Deputy Leader, are permitted to participate actively in any one session. With the approval of the Chief Coordinator, one further representative may be present to observe the coordination process but cannot take any active part in it.

7.4 The Leader and the designated Coordinators should agree on the scores for each Contestant. These scores will be recorded on official forms and signed by the Leader and the Coordinators. If the Leader and the Coordinators fail to agree on a score for a Contestant, the matter will first be referred to a special committee, provided by FOMA. If there is still no agreement, the matter will be referred to the Chief Coordinator. If the Leader and Chief Coordinator then fail to agree on a score, the Chief Coordinator will report the matter to the Jury with a recommendation as to what the score should be. The Jury will then determine the score.

7.5 If, during a coordination session, the designated Coordinators consider that an irregularity may have occurred, they will immediately refer the matter to the Chief Coordinator. Unless he is satisfied that there is no case to answer, he will report the situation to the Chairman of the Jury.

7.6 The coordination for the Argentine Contestants will be witness by the Leader or Deputy Leader of the country that submitted each problem.

8. Entire Agreement and Understanding

8.1 The Participants and Observers acknowledge that these Regulations, and the documents referred to herein, constitute the full agreement and understanding of their parties and supersede any previous discussions or representations made by or on the behalf of FOMA in respect of IMO 2012.

9. Force Majeure

9.1 In these Regulations, "force majeure" shall mean any cause preventing FOMA from performing any or all of its obligations that arises from or is attributable to acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond the reasonable control of the party so prevented, including without limitation strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving the workforce of the party so prevented or of any other party), act of God, war, riot, civil commotion, malicious damage, compliance with any law or governmental order, rule, regulation or direction, accident, breakdown of plant or machinery, earthquake, typhoon, fire, flood, storm, or default of suppliers or sub-contractors.

9.2 If FOMA is prevented from or delayed in performing any of its obligations to the Participants and Observers under these Regulations by force majeure, it will have no liability in respect of the performance of those obligations affected by the force majeure events, both during the continuation of such events and for such time after they cease as is necessary for FOMA to recommence its affected operations in order for it to perform its obligations.

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