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Support the Future of Construction ExcellenceParticipate in the AIC Collegiate Ethics Competition

We believe that advancing the future of construction requires supporting the future constructor. We are proud to support construction management professionals at colleges and universities across the U.S.

We invite you to become involved, too, in our Collegiate Ethics Competition. We welcome construction professionals, university leaders, business affiliates, and other AIC members to get involved.

We are now hosting the competition virtually. This helps reduce travel costs, time preparation, health and safety risks, and liability for universities and students. A virtual competition also encourages greater participation from across the country. Participants will follow our guidelines with integrity, hone their video conferencing skills, and be better prepared for their professional future using virtual technology for presentations and meetings.

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Competition Details

  • Registration – November 1, 2022 through February 17, 2023
  • Mandatory Pre-Competition Meeting February 23, 2023
  • Issue Ethical Prompt February 23, 2023
  • Question Appointments available February 23, 2023 through March 10, 2023
  • Written Response Due March 21, 2023
  • Invitations to Oral Presentation Issued March 29, 2023
  • Oral Presentation Issued April 6, 2023
  • Awards April 10, 2023

Requirements to Compete

  • Any Accredited Construction Program may enter a single team into the Competition.
  • Each Institution participating will select their own competition team of up to 4 individuals.
  • Each Team will respond to the Ethics Prompt with a written report for review by a panel of AIC members.
  • Invited Teams will prepare and deliver an Oral Presentation to a panel of AIC Members and Leaders through Zoom.
  • Both the written report and the oral presentation will be considered during the competition.

Competition Rules

  • Teams may use research tools (Internet, Periodicals, Scholarly Sources) but may NOT consult with faculty at their institution.
  • No name of any team member shall appear on the written report.
  • The Team Number will be used in the header and the file name to identify the report. The report will be submitted as a MS Word document.
  • Report shall be double-spaced, fully justified, using Arial 12-point font with 1″ margins.
  • One copy of the report will be submitted by one member of each team to [email protected]
    • The required file naming format is: Team #_AIC-Ethics-Report.doc
      • Required document header:
      • Team#_
      • Ethics Report
      • Date
      • Required document footer:
      • Page X of X
  • Do not repeat the problem statement or describe the background information. The introduction paragraph will describe the process the team used to create the report including the number of team meetings.
  • Each member of the team is responsible for writing the analysis for one of the ethical issues in the scenario. The full report must address at least five ethical issues identified by your team.
  • One team member must not write the entire report but may assemble the individual input from each team member.
  • A subheading is required for each issue in the form of a generic description, i.e. “Conflict of Interest”, “Misuse of Confidential Information”, “Unfair Advantage”, “Support of Research and Education” or other as deemed most appropriate to the issue.

The individual analysis for each issue must address each of the following:

  1. Description of the ethical issue;
  2. Identification and discussion of the various parties involved in the issue, their relationships and responsibilities, and all positive and negative impacts on the various parties;
  3. Identification and discussion of the applicable element in the AIC Code of Ethics. Include the number of the AIC Code of Ethics in the discussion;
  4. Discussion of the adequacy of the AIC Code of Ethics in addressing the issue; and
  5. Discuss any recommendations on additions or modifications to the AIC Code of Ethics to better address the issue.

The reports will be reviewed for grammar, spelling and compliance with all report formatting requirements, and the five items listed above. Reports failing to follow all instructions will not be considered.

AIC Collegiate Ethics Competition Team Oral Presentation Guidelines

  • The oral presentations will be roughly 30 minutes (5 minutes to set up, 15 minutes to present, and 10 minutes Q&A)
  • Each team may use a PowerPoint presentation.
  • The minimum dress code for the presentations will be business casual (slacks, skirt, collared shirt or blouse). Business attire (coat & tie) encouraged.

The Oral Presentations will be evaluated based on:

  • Presentation Skills and Professional Appearance
  • Issue Identification/Explanation
  • Application of AIC Code of Ethics to each issue, and explanation of such
  • Recommendations on clarification or change to AIC Code of Ethics
  • Scoring – The Written report will comprise of 40 total points and the Oral presentation 60 points



2022 Collegiate Ethics Competition Results

Written Response results:

  • 1st Place – Eastern Michigan University
  • 2nd Place – University of North Florida
  • 3rd Place – University of Houston

Oral Response:

  • 1st Place – California Polytechnic State University
  • 2nd Place – University of North Florida
  • 3rd Place – University of Houston

Overall results:

  • 1st Place – University of North Florida
  • 2nd Place – Eastern Michigan University
  • 3rd Place – University of Houston

Most Valuable Presentator:

  • Richard Burke – University of Houston
  • Special thanks to Geno Hogan (Master of Ceremonies) and the judges that participated: Hugh Cronin (Chief Judge), David Dominguez, Allen Crowley, Gregg Bradshaw, Travis Richardson, Mark Hall, Ted Chamberlain, Easy Foster, and Paul Mattingly.

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