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Rules & Procedures
Judge's Guidelines
  1. Judges shall evaluate the responses of teams solely in terms of the following criteria:

    Clarity and Intelligibility: Was the presentation clear and systematic? Regardless of whether or not you agree with the conclusion, did the team give a coherent argument in a clear and succinct manner?

    Avoidance of Ethical Irrelevance: Did the team avoid ethically irrelevant issues? Or was the team preoccupied with issues that are not ethically relevant or are of minor ethical relevance to the case?

    Identification and Discussion of Central Ethical Dimensions: Did the team’s presentation clearly identify and thoroughly discuss the central ethical dimensions of the case?

    Deliberative Thoughtfulness: Did the team’s presentation indicate both awareness and thoughtful consideration of different viewpoints, including especially those that would loom large in the reasoning of individuals who disagree with the team’s position?

  2. The judges will score each team as follows:

    0-40 for a team’s answer to the Moderator’s question (40 best); In evaluating a team’s answer the judges will give the team a score of 0-10 relative to each of the four evaluation criteria indicated above and total the sum.

    0-10 for the opposing team’s commentary (10 best);

    0-10 for the response to the opposing team’s commentary, and for the response to the judges questions, by the team that answered the Moderator’s question (10 best).

    Both in evaluating a team’s commentary, and the other team’s response to the commentary, the judges will take into account the four evaluation criteria indicated above, but give the teams an overall score, rather than a separate point score relative to each of the criteria.

  3. The top eight teams in the competition will be determined in the following way

    Morning Competition

    Teams will be ranked based on a) the number of wins, followed by b) the number of ties, followed by c) point differential. Thus, all teams with three wins will rank ahead of all teams with two wins. All teams with two wins will rank ahead of all teams with one win. Within rankings, a team with more ties ranks above a team with fewer ties. Finally, for teams with the same number of wins and ties, a team with a higher point differential would rank above a team with a lower point differential.

    For example:

    School R 3 wins 0 ties 12 point differential 1st
    School M 3 wins 0 ties 10 point differential 2nd
    School B 2 wins 1 tie 15 point differential 3rd
    School S 2 wins 0 ties -8 point differential 4th
    School H 1 win 2 ties -6 point differential 5th

    Note, for example that School B has a greater point differential than School M, and School H has a lower negative point differential than School S. Nonetheless, M ranks ahead of B because it has more wins, and, likewise, S ranks ahead of H.

    Point differentials: Point differentials are the margin of victory or loss. A point differential for each match is determined by taking the team’s total points and subtracting the other team’s total. Note that point differentials will be negative in the case of a loss. At the end of the morning competition the point differential for a team is simply the sum of the point differentials for that team in each of its three morning matches.

    The 8 teams with the highest ranking based on the morning competition will enter the evening competition.

    Ties at the end of the morning competition

    a. If 2 teams have the same ranking then if they played against each other during the three rounds of play, whoever won that competition will win gain the higher ranking.

    b. The method in number 1) above will also apply to a 3 (or more) way tie in ranking, just in case all teams played each other and transitivity holds (e.g. A beat B, B beat C, but C did not beat A).

    c. In case numbers 1) and 2) do not determine a winner, then raw points will be used to determine a winner.

    d. Finally, if 1-3 above fail, an impartial random process will determine the final outcome between the teams. In case 2 teams are still tied, a coin toss will be used. If more than 2 teams still remain, the high card drawn from a standard deck of playing cards will decide. This process will be repeated until the outcome is decided.

  4. The winner of the Ethics Bowl, among the top eight teams, will be determined as follows:

    Evening Competition

    The top 8 teams will face each other during the evening in 3 elimination matches.

    Judges will use the same numerical scoring guidelines as they did during the morning competition.

    The winner will be the team that wins 3 matches in the evening competition.

    Ties during quarterfinal or semifinal matches

    In case of a tie in a quarterfinal or semifinal match:

    1) if the two teams have faced each other in the morning matches, the winner of that match wins the tie-break

    or else 2) the team with the most wins in the morning wins the tie-break

    or else 3) the team with the most ties in the morning wins the tie-break

    or else 4) the team with the most points in the morning wins the tie-break

    or else 5) a coin toss decides the winner of the tie-break

    In the case of a tie in the final round, the two finalists will be declared co-winners of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Last Updated: 12/13/10