Ethics in Contemporary Society

For more than 10 years, the NCICU Ethics Bowl has challenged students to explore ethical questions about vital societal issues. Students spend months researching case studies and deciding on the arguments they will present. This is not a debate. Opposing teams may be on the same side of the issue. They are judged on their preparation and how compelling they present their view of the issue.

The Ethic Bowl features four rounds of competition. In each round, 22 teams will be paired off. Each match will be judged by three volunteers – business representatives, community leaders, and legislators fill those slots. A moderator runs the match, keeping the timing tight and the atmosphere professional.

NCICU will hold its annual Ethics Bowl in person on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11. The theme of this year’s competition is Ethics in Contemporary Society and twenty-one NCICU campuses are participating.

For the first time since February 2020, the event will be held in its traditional two-day schedule with three rounds of competition on Friday afternoon and the fourth, semi and final rounds on Saturday morning. Each Ethics Bowl team consists of four-to-six students. A campus coordinator works with the students to prepare them for the competition. A number of civic, corporate, non-profit and government leaders volunteer each year to serve as judges and moderators for the matches.

Case Author and Advisory Board

An Advisory Board decides on the theme for each year’s Ethics Bowl, with input from the campus coordinators. The case author is Ken Wernick, senior counsel, retired, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He drafts up to 12 cases around the chosen theme, which are then reviewed by the Advisory Board. Seven cases are selected: four for the matches, two for the semi-final and final matches, and one surprise case.

Sponsorships

With a budget of more than $90,000 each year, the NCICU Ethics Bowl is made possible by sponsorships that allow students to participate at no cost to themselves or their institutions. Though we have had numerous faithful sponsors over the years, it is becoming increasingly difficult to raise those critical funds. To become a sponsor of the Ethics Bowl, contact Colleen Kinser, [email protected], or 919.832.5817.

Sponsorships cover:

Campus Team Funding
Stipends for Campus Coordinators
Hotel accommodations for student team members and coordinators
The Ethics Bowl Banquet
Commemorative gifts
Refreshments throughout the event

Schedule

Job Descriptions

2023 Participating Teams

Barton College
Belmont Abbey College
Campbell University
Catawba College
Chowan University
Gardner-Webb University
High Point University
Johnson C. Smith University
Livingstone College
Mars Hill University
Meredith College
Methodist University
Montreat College
NC Wesleyan University
Pfeiffer University
Queens University of Charlotte
Saint Augustine’s University
Salem College
University of Mount Olive
William Peace University
Wingate University

NCICU 2023 Ethics Bowl