Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Competitions



Regional Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Competitions


The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm is a tiered competition. During November and December of 2014, ten regional ethics bowls will take place at various locations throughout the United States. The top scoring thirty-two teams in the regional ethics bowls will qualify to compete in the Nineteenth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Championship.


2014 IEB Regional List and Information



Eighteenth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Championship

Champs U of Montana with Rutland Cup

The Eighteeth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Champions: University of Montana

(Shown with the new Rutland Cup)

The Eighteeth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Championship was held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida, as a part of the 2014 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics 23rd Annual Meeting. Colleges and Universities across the United States and throughout the world who qualified in a regional bowl entered teams of undergraduate students in the national competition.

Click here for the 2014 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm results.

Click here for the 2014 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Team Photos.

Click here for the 2014 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm Photo Gallery.


The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowlsm (IEB) is a team competition that combines the excitement and fun of a competitive tournament with an innovative approach to education in practical and professional ethics for undergraduate students. Recognized widely by educators, the IEB has received special commendation for excellence and innovation from the American Philosophical Association, and received the 2006 American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documentation Center’s 2006 prize for Excellence and Innovation in Philosophy Programs. The format, rules, and procedures of the IEB all have been developed to model widely acknowledged best methods of reasoning in practical and professional ethics.


In the IEB, each team receives a set of cases which raise issues in practical and professional ethics in advance of the competition and prepare an analysis of each case. At the competition, a moderator poses questions, based on a case taken from that set, to teams of three to five students. Questions may concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics, such as the classroom (e.g. cheating or EBFinalsJudgesSkubikScores.jpgplagiarism), 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 may probe the teams for further justifications and evaluates answers. Rating criteria are intelligibility, focus on ethically relevant considerations, avoidance of ethical irrelevance, and deliberative thoughtfulness.

Fees & Registration:


Beginning in the 2015-16 Regional and National IEB Competition Season:


Effective with the 2015-2016 Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl year a change to our registration fee structure will be implemented. Please forward this information to the coaches or other interested individuals in your region at your earliest convenience, as it may bear on their fundraising efforts or other processes.

In an interest of generating a bit more revenue, and making the fee structure more equitable (prior to the change teams attending the national competition were carrying a disproportionate share of the burden), the registration fees for participation in Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl will be, as follows:

1. Annual Ethics Bowl Membership for all Teams $100.
2. National Championship Competition Fee $100 (for teams qualifying for nationals).
3. All Ethics Bowl Teams must have at least one APPE Individual Member or one Institutional Member.


The previous fee structure was:
1. Annual Ethics Bowl Membership for all Teams $50.
2. National Championship Competition Fee $200 (for teams qualifying for nationals).


Note that the annual fee for all teams is in addition to any fees charged by the various regions. Further, while this is an increase for all teams at the regional level, it constitutes an overall decrease for those teams who qualify for nationals. A team that qualifies for nationals would pay $200 for the year, whereas previously they would have paid $250.


Teams who do not have an Individual or Institutional member of the Association should contact Stuart D. Yoak, APPE executive director, (Email:; Phone: 812-855-6450) for assistance.

For the 2014-15 IEB Regional and National Competition season, the fee structure is, as follows:

  • An entry fee for teams competing in a regional competition will be collected by the Regional Director to help defray the cost of the regional competition. The fee for the regional competition may vary with the region and teams must contact the Regional Director to learn what the fee will be.
  • In addition to that fee to help defray the costs of the Regional Competition, each school will be assessed a $50 fee (covering up to two teams from that school), payable to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, to help defray the cost of the National Competition. Some regional directors will include that $50 in the total set of fees collected from the competing regional schools and then forward that $50 to the Association. Others will ask each individual regional school to send that $50 directly to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Schools competing in a regional must confirm with the Regional Director whether the $50 fee is included in the regional fee or whether the school must send the $50 directly to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Only the $50 fee due to APPE will be processed through the online payment portal of this website.
  • A form is provided by the Regional Director for schools to send the $50 directly to the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. 
  • A regional school will not be eligible to compete in the regional until the $50 fee has been paid.

To submit your payment for your Ethics Bowl Team, please complete the following instructions:

If you are paying by credit card, you may use our online payment portal.  Please, click the here to access our online payment portal.

If you prefer to pay by check or electronic transfer, please fill in the appropriate form and email, fax or mail it to the APPE Offices (see contact information at the bottom of this page.)  We accept pdfs, scanned and faxed forms.  Please, contact the APPE office for additional information regarding electronic transfer.  Please, mail your checks with your form to the APPE office at the address listed at the bottom of this webpage.

Credit card transactions will no longer be handled by phone, fax or mail.  Please, use the online payment portal.


Individual Team Regional Payment Form

Regional Director Payment Form (multiple teams)

Individual Team National Payment Form

Important Ethics Bowl Dates

September 3, 2014 - 2014 Regional Competition Cases posted. 

January 5, 2015 - 2015 National Competition Cases posted.  Please, see the Cases, Rules and Guidelines page.

In this section:

Important Deadlines



  • October 10    Author Book Sumbissions Due **Extended to October 31, 2014**
  • October 17    Program Submissions Due (except for Author Books and Paper Competitions) **Extended to October 31, 2014**
  • November 3   Paper Competition Submissions
  • November 28 End of Early Bird Registration
  • December     Notification of Program Presenters
  • January 9      Deadline for Audio Visual Request Forms
  • January 9    National IEB Team Registration ends
  • January 9    Publisher Ads deadline
  • January 16    End of On-Time Registration
  • January 28    Hotel Reservations deadline
  • January 30    Two Year Ethics Bowl National Registration ends
  • February 4   Meal Reservations with Payment deadline