Ethics Bowl set for Nov. 9

October 30, 2018

The College of Liberal Arts & Education will host the annual Ethics Bowl on Nov. 9 at 12:30 in the Fountain Lounge of the Student Union on the McNichols Campus.

During the Ethics Bowl, a moderator poses questions to teams of three to five students. Questions may address ethical problems on classroom topics (for example, cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (dating or friendship), professional ethics (engineering, law, medicine) or social and political ethics (free speech, gun control, etc.). Each team receives a set of ethical issues in advance of the competition and questions posed to teams at the competition are taken from that set. A panel of judges rates answers in terms of intelligibility, focus, depth and judgment.

The Ethics Bowl competition draws participants from every part of the University. Many students who initially compete for extra credit in a course are surprised at how much they enjoy Ethics Bowl and often enthusiastically return to compete in subsequent years. Judges and moderators are drawn from faculty, staff, administration and alumni, many of whom return every year.

In addition, the first-place team has the honor of representing Detroit Mercy at a regional Ethics Bowl and may go on to compete in the national Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, which takes place at the annual meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics in February 2019.

The public is welcome to attend the competition on Nov. 9 at 12:30 p.m. For more information, please visit You may also call 313-993-1135 or email