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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, 2023 through February 16, 2024
  • Mandatory Pre-Competition Meeting – February 22, 2024
  • Issue Ethical Prompt – February 23, 2024
  • Question Appointments – February 23, 2024 through March 8, 2024
  • Written Response Due – March 22, 2024
  • Invitations to Oral Presentations – March 28, 2024
  • Oral Presentation – April 5, 2024
  • Awards – April 12, 2024

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



2023 Collegiate Ethics Competition Results

Written Response results:

  • 1st place – University of North Florida
  • 2nd place – California Polytechnic State University
  • 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 Best Team Response/Presentation:

  • California Polytechnic State University

Best Presenter:

  • Emily Rossello from the University of North Florida

Thank You to Our Judges

We would like to thank the following AIC Board members for providing leadership during the 2023 AIC Collegiate Ethics Competition.

Oral Presentation Judges

  • Murray Papendorf, MBA, FAIC, CPC (Treasurer of AIC)
  • Travis Richardson, AIC (Board Member – President of Veritas Construction)
  • Terri Hoffman (Board Member – CEO & Founder of Marketing Refresh)
  • Hugh Cronin, AIC, CPC, LEED AP, PMP (Board Member – Owner of Cronin PM Group)
  • Mark Hall, FAIC, CPC (Board Member – President of Hall Construction Co., Inc.)

Written Response Judges

  • Gregg Bradshaw, FAIC, CPC (Vice President of AIC; Construction Manager – Joe D. Hall General Contractors, LLC)
  • Mark Hall, FAIC, CPC (Board Member – President of Hall Construction Co., Inc.)
  • Stephen Mitchell, CPC (Board Member – Vice President of Lambert Construction)
  • Brian Holley, FAIC, CPC (Board Member and Past President – Project Executive, Swinerton)
  • Travis Richardson, AIC (Board Member – President of Veritas Construction)

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