News Release

UDM Gears Up For 12th Annual Ethics Bowl

University of Detroit Mercy students will get a chance to test their critical thinking skills at 12th annual Ethics Bowl.  Inspired by TV’s College Bowl, and created to examine and find answers for tough ethical issues, the Ethics Bowl will take place on Friday, November 18, 2011 at various location on UDM’s McNichols Campus from 12-6 pm. 

Competition begins when the moderator poses a variety of ethical questions to each competing team, and the team that comes up with the most morally defensible answer will win the match.  Questions may address ethical problems on classroom topics (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.).

A panel of judges drawn from UDM faculty, staff and administration, along with several guest judges from off campus, rate answers in terms of intelligibility, focus, depth, and judgment. The first-place team has the honor of representing UDM at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl. This event is in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Forty teams, representing colleges and universities throughout the United States, will put their abilities of ethical reasoning to the test.

For more information please contact Professor Martin G. Leever at 313-993-1135 or visit:

Release date: November 10, 2011

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 14th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2015 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings.