About The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Hundreds of students and teams across the United States and Canada compete in 12 Regional Ethics Bowl competitions each fall with hopes of being one of the 36 teams that progress to the national competition. The teams argue and defend their moral assessment of some of the most troubling and complex ethical issues facing society today. Questions address a wide array of topics in business and professional ethics, in personal relationships, and in social and political affairs.

The competition focuses on selected case scenarios that are developed by ethics professionals from the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) scholarly membership. The scenarios cover a wide range of disciplines including, but not limited to, business, engineering, journalism, law, medicine, and social work. In the competitions, students demonstrate their ability to (1) understand the facts of the case, (2) articulate the ethical principles involved in the case, (3) present an effective argument on how the case should be resolved, and (4) respond effectively to challenges put forth by the opposing team as well as the panel of expert judges.

Former Ethics Bowl students consider this one of their most important college activities and one that they carry forward into their professional and personal lives.

The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl is open to all and we invite any who wish to participate—students, faculty, coaches, moderators, judges and supporters—to join in this powerful and unique educational experience.

Register for the statewide student ethics challenge

Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Challenge October 2018 (Day TBD)

        SEED Foundation, Host University              Location To Be Determined

For more information on the Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Challenge or to register a team, please contact:

Colin Schoonover: prez@studentethicsbowl.org

 Click below to download case studies for the 2017-2018 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Click below to navigate to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competitions page for detailed information on regional competitions and forms.

Click below to navigate to the IEB National Ethics Bowl Championships page for detailed information on the national competition.

Student Ethics Initiatives

  • Cameron University
  • Dove Science Academy
  • Metro Technology Centers
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Southern Nazarene University
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Tulsa

National Intercollegiate ethics bowl (IEB)

 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl 2018 First Runner Up                                                                                      University of Oklahoma

National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl 2018 First Runner Up                                                                                      University of Oklahoma

Congratulations to the University of Oklahoma!

Oklahoma colleges excelled in the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Chicago, IL in March, 2018. 

1st Place - Santa Clara University (CA) 

2nd Place - University of Oklahoma (OK)

Bob Ladenson Spirit Award - Oklahoma Christian University

The National Intercollegiate Ethic Bowl (IEB) consists of 12 regional competitions across the U.S. resulting in an invitation to the top 36 teams to compete for the national title.  The Texas Region, consisting of Texas, Oklahoma, western Arkansas and western Louisiana was represented at the national event by St. Mary's University (TX), The University of Oklahoma (OK), Oklahoma City University (OK), and Oklahoma Christian University (OK).

The University of Oklahoma surpassed Arizona State University in the semi-final round to compete against Santa Clara University in the final round.  They lost the final round in a narrow 2-1 judge split with only a point differential of 3 points.  This is the second time a team from The University of Oklahoma has placed in the First Runner Up position nationally, the highest any Oklahoma college/university has placed nationally.

 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl 2018 Bob Ladenson Spirit Award                                                                      Oklahoma Christian University

National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl 2018 Bob Ladenson Spirit Award                                                                      Oklahoma Christian University

This year's event was the 22nd annual IEB and owes its heritage to Dr. Bob Ladenson, a professor who had the vision to develop the competition locally at his university and then watched it expand and grow in popularity because of the benefits to students.  The Oklahoma Christian University was awarded the Bob Ladenson Spirit Award at the competition. This award is voted by all judges but more importantly by peer teams in the competition.  It is awarded to the team that best exemplifies the spirit of the competition, collegiality and civil discourse among other qualities instilled by the competition.

Congratulations Oklahoma University and Oklahoma Christian University!

texas region ethics bowl (treb)

 Texas Region Ethics Bowl 2017 First Runner Up                                                                                                      University of Oklahoma

Texas Region Ethics Bowl 2017 First Runner Up                                                                                                      University of Oklahoma

Congratulations to the University of Oklahoma!

Oklahoma colleges excelled in the Texas Region Ethics Bowl in San Antonio, TX, capturing three of the four qualifying seats to progress to the national competition. 

1st Place - St. Mary's University - team 2

2nd Place - University of Oklahoma - team 1

3rd Place - Oklahoma City University - team Orion

4th Place - Oklahoma Christian University - team 1

The Texas Region Ethic Bowl (TREB) consists of Texas, Oklahoma, western Arkansas and western Louisiana. A total of seventeen universities/colleges competed in the 2017 competition, fielding a total of twenty-eight teams. Oklahoma was represented by six institutions fielding eleven teams , yet capturing three of four top positions!  Participating institutions were: 

Cameron University (Lawton), Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond), Oklahoma City University (OKC), Oklahoma State University (Stillwater), University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond) and the University of Oklahoma (Norman).

The winning teams progressed to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl national competition in Chicago, Illinois in March 2018.

Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Challenge

 Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Challenge 2017 Winner                                                                       Oklahoma Christian University - team Aguileras

Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Challenge 2017 Winner                                                                       Oklahoma Christian University - team Aguileras

Congratulations to Oklahoma Christian University!

A successful Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Bowl held at the University ofCentral Oklahoma yielded the following results:

1st Place - Oklahoma Christian University - team Aguileras

2nd Place - Oklahoma Christian University - team Eagles

3rd Place - University of Oklahoma - team Sooners

The Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Challenge is modeled after the APPE IEB and Texas Region Ethic Bowl (TREB) competitions.  It serves as a campus outreach opportunity for The SEED Foundation to promote and teach integrity and ethics education to college students across the state.  All two and four year institutions are eligible to participate and compete, simply by making contact with the event coordinator and registering teams!  A total of seven universities/colleges competed in the 2017 competition, fielding a total of ten teams.  Participating institutions were:

Cameron University (Lawton), Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee), Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond), Oklahoma City University (OKC), Oklahoma State University (Stillwater), University of Central Oklahoma (Edmond) and the University of Oklahoma (Norman).