Ethics Competition

Inaugural Business Ethics Competition sparks discussions

Oct. 31, 2018 - Shannon Duvall

How will the next generation of business leaders explore ethical dilemmas and develop ethical fortitude? This question was raised at an Accounting Alumni Association meeting during a conversation about the importance of ethics. The VCU School of Business answer is to encourage ethics discussions among students, faculty, and staff and those in the business community - and the school's inaugural Ethics Competition is serving as a major catalyst.

The Ethics Competition planning committee was anticipating eight teams to participate, with a stretch goal of sixteen. Instead, a whopping twenty-seven teams signed up. 

The teams of three to five undergraduate business students, have started working on the case dilemna - Should a student leave the company that sponsored his MBA for his dream job? Is it ever ok to break a promise? 

Snead Hall is buzzing with excitement. Student teams huddle in the atrium debating not just what you would do, or should do in this situation, but why. Business research librarian Janet Reid has never been so busy. After a month of research, discussions, and mentoring sessions, the teams will give 15-minute presentations followed by 10 minutes of questions in front of panels of judges comprised of alumni and community partners.

Join us Friday, November 16th 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. for the finals of the Inaugural VCU School of Business Ethics Competition presented by Altria. 

The top five teams will compete in the Snead Hall auditorium. First, second, and third place teams will be announced at a reception immediately following the event. The winning teams will split $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 prizes respectively. Alumni, community members, and students are welcome to attend.

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For more information, including complimentary parking instructions, contact chief development officer Shannon Duvall at or (804) 828-1035