The Ethics Bowl is a free event and open to the public.


The 2014 ICW Ethics Bowl will be held Friday, April 4, 2014 in the Pigott Building on campus at Seattle University.

The Ethics Bowl is a free event and open to the public.

7:30 – 8:15 am



8:30 – 8:50 am


PACCAR Auditorium

9:00 – 10:15 am

Round 1

5 Classrooms

10:30 – 11:45 am

Round 2

5 Classrooms

12:00 – 12:45 pm

Lunch with ICW Board of Directors*
*Open to 2014 ICW Ethics Bowl student teams, coaches, and volunteers only.

Campion Ballroom

1:15 – 2:30 pm

Round 3

5 Classrooms

Announcement made in the Atrium about which teams will compete in the Semi-Final Round

3:00 – 4:15 pm

Semi-Final: Round 4

2 Classrooms

Announcement made in the Atrium about which teams will compete in the Final Round

4:30 – 5:45 pm

Final: Round 5

PACCAR Auditorium

Rounds 1 – 4 will take place in rooms 100, 101, 102, 103, and/or 204 of the Pigott Building.

Lunch with ICW Board of Directors for Ethics Bowl team members and volunteers will be held across campus in Campion Ballroom. 

The winning team will be announced the following evening, Saturday, April 5, at our 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner (by invitation only, sponsored by PACCAR Inc), at Chihuly Garden and Glass in the Seattle Center.

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The 2014 ICW Ethics Bowl will showcase ICW student achievement, testing their skills and abilities as critical thinkers, problem solvers, and communicators. Developing these skills is an integral part of a liberal arts education and ICW student success.

Partnering to provide students with educational opportunity, choice, and success is central to the work of ICW. For this reason, in April 2012, ICW’s board of directors chose an ethics bowl competition as the main event marking our 60th year of serving the 10 non-profit liberal arts colleges and universities in Washington state.

The 2014 ICW Ethics Bowl will be a full-day event at Seattle University on April 4, 2014. The Ethics Bowl is a free event and open to the public.

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The 2014 ICW Ethics Bowl will be a full-day, judged competition among our 10 member colleges designed to showcase ICW students’ knowledge of applied ethics as a hallmark of their college experience at an ICW member institution.

Each college will send a team of up to five students to debate in a competitive setting, using prepared cases which explore real or hypothetical ethical issues, such as cyber security, data mining, and health information management, around the theme of the ethics of science and technology in the workplace.

Click here to watch a video of one of the ICW Ethics Bowl team advisors talking about how ethics bowl students use their expertise and their reasoning and deliberation skills as they learn how to engage people on contrversial ethical issues in the workplace.

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The Ethics of Science and Technology in the Workplace

Today, the use of advanced science and technology has evolved far beyond email and mobile phones to affect almost every aspect of the workplace environment, including small businesses, non-profit organizations, and institutions of higher education.

Here in Washington state, the dominance of science and technology across all industries, especially in fields such as aerospace, finance, law, medicine, healthcare, technology development, and life sciences, will require highly skilled employees ready for the challenges that come with rapid innovation and invention.

More than ever, the leaders of the future will be called upon to make important and informed decisions on a daily basis while confronted with key ethical situations that can dramatically affect a company or organization’s bottom line, their employees or the community. In situations such as these, where often there simply is no precedent, ethics must be the guideline for conduct.

Graduates of ICW’s liberal arts colleges and universities, with practical knowledge and skills in applied ethics, critical thinking, and problem-solving, are well-suited to fill leadership roles in these fast-paced work environments.

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ICW Goals

  • Showcase students’ abilities to apply ethics to everyday challenges as future leaders in their own communities and places of business.
  • Increase visibility of ICW institutions as places where critical and analytical thinking is encouraged and social responsibility and accountability is instilled.
  • Engage the statewide science, technology and business communities as collaborators in key phases of event organization and as financial partners/sponsors.


Outcomes for Students

The future we want for our world and the next generation of leaders is an ethical one.

Ethics Bowls teach:

  • How to think systematically and critically - Students examine complex cases where there are competing values and learn how to discern the most important considerations in each case. This practice equips our future leaders to make informed, thoughtful, and difficult decisions.
  • Real world application of ethical theory - Students apply classroom theory to real situations, learn how it can guide action, and understand how practical considerations can strengthen their argument.
  • Respect - Students learn how to have conversations about difficult issues in a way that shows respect for each other as human beings. The experience helps students learn how to demonstrate civility and respectful disagreement, and find ways to work together across differences.

  • Click here for information about sponsoring a student team.

    Click here to learn more about the students participating in the 2014 ICW Ethics Bowl.


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For more information about the 2014 ICW Ethics Bowl, including available volunteer opportunities and event sponsorship, or about our 60th Anniversary Celebration Dinner, please contact:

Anne Cassidy, Vice President for Advancement Services, 206-623-4494