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UNF hosts the Southeast Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Teams of undergraduate students from across the region gathered at the University of North Florida last month to discuss ethical issues of today as part of the 19th Annual Southeast Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Eleven teams deliberated real-life ethical dilemmas arranged in a set of cases that they received prior to the event. This year’s cases included issues around animal rights, sports performance-enhancing drugs, social media freedom of speech, and punishment for Emmett Till’s accuser. Judges asked probing questions and evaluated the teams’ efforts to analyze the case’s issues in a clear, focused, and thoughtful manner, and helped students understand and appreciate perspectives different from their own.

UNF’s student team won against St. Petersburg College and Eckerd College but lost against the Ethics Bowl’s two finalists: the University of Central Florida and Georgia State University.

More than 200 teams have competed across the country in a dozen regionals that are held during November and December, with the top 36 teams in those regional ethics bowls qualifying to compete in the APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl National Competition held in the early spring.

Despite UCF and GSU winning the Southeast Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, neither team chose the SEREB as their qualifying Regional, allowing the advancement of 3rd and 4th place teams, Rollins College and the University of Florida, to the National Competition in Portland this March.