Second annual ethics competition to challenge NIU, high school students’ decision-making

Issues ranging from the use of social media to sharing confidential information with friends will be in question when the NIU College of Business puts students in the hot seat during its second annual NIU Ethics Case Competition from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 13.

Hosted by the BELIEF Initiative (Building Ethical Leaders Using an Integrated Ethics Framework), the competition will challenge teams consisting of two students each to present their perspective on an ethical dilemma in front of a panel of judges featuring NIU alumni, faculty and corporate sponsors.

Participating in the event will be teams of NIU business students, as well as students from Rockford Lutheran, Rockford Christian and Geneva high schools.

William McCoy

William McCoy

William McCoy, director of the BELIEF Initiative, said he would like to expose students to the realism of ethical problems that occur not only in school, but also in their careers.

“We’re starting to get into the high schools and relate the same message to them,” McCoy said. “We realize not many students have thought about ethical dilemmas, so the student group LEAD (Leaders in Ethics and Academic Discipline) is reaching out to high schools to teach ethical challenges in the workplace.”

The College of Business was recognized in a 2011 Bloomberg Buisnessweek ranking for its implementation of ethics throughout the curriculum, largely based on the success of its BELIEF program.

“Right now we’re being noticed as leading the pack in how we assess our students,” McCoy said.

For more information, contact McCoy at (815) 753-7807 or wmccoy@niu.edu.

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