News Release

UDM Gears Up For 13th Annual Ethics Bowl

University of Detroit Mercy students will get a chance to test their critical thinking skills at 13th 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, Nov. 16, 2012 on UDM’s McNichols Campus from 12-6 p.m.

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, teacher’s behaviors outside of the classroom), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship, paid maternity leave), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, and medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. racial justice act, drug legalization, gay conversion therapy).

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. “What makes this year interesting is the many off campus professionals as judges that will be participating this year that will set it apart from the rest. Such as Craig Fahle from WDET radio, director of physical medicine and VP of Ethics from St. Joseph Mercy hospital and former associate editor of the Detroit Free Press,” said the Ethics Bowl director, Martin Leever UDM ethics professor. The first-place team has the honor of representing the University at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl at Indiana University next month. 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 12, 2012

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, offering approximately 100 majors and programs in 60 academic fields. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, the University has three campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

For the 12th consecutive year, UDM was ranked among the top tier of Midwestern master's universities in U.S.News & World Report's "Best Colleges," 2013 edition.