Ethics Team Event

The Ethics Team Event (MIETH) event involves analysis of a business case study using principles-based ethics. The principles can be applied in any business environment to guide a person’s or a business’s ethical decision-making.


  • Ethics Team Event does not compete at the District Conference.
  • Each school is eligible to enter one (1) team in the Ethics Team Event at the State Conference. 
  • A team will consist of two members. Each member must be a Senior.
  • Team members are NOT allowed to compete in any other event at the State Conference, except the Gold Merit Award Program (MIGMAP) or the Chapter Awards Program (MICAP).
  • The top teams are eligible to attend the ASPIRE Academy at the International Conference. No competition will take place at the International Conference.
  • Each member will take the Business Management & Administration Cluster exam during the online testing window in February. The scores of the team members will be averaged together.
  • The maximum score for written entry and oral presentation evaluation is 100 points.
  • If any of the above rules are violated, the Event Coordinator must be notified of such, by the judge(s).
  • The presentation and report weigh twice (2 times) the value of the team’s average exam score.
  • The decision of the judges is final. Students are not to ask judges for justification of their scores.


Business Case Analysis (written entry):

  • The case will be posted on the Michigan DECA website by mid-February.
  • Each team will analyze the posted case-study situation, and write a five (5) page report, in which the team members identify the ethical issues involved and explain how they will address the issues.
  • The written entry must be brought to the State Conference and turned in during the event’s orientation on Thursday.
  • The written entry must be submitted in a DECA written event folio [ShopDECA Link], not a binder. Older versions of folios are accepted.
  • A completed DECA Statement of Assurances and Academic Integrity form certifying the originality of the work must be signed by the advisor and the students must be included. The DECA Statement of Assurances and Academic Integrity form must be the first page of the written entry. Only those students whose name appears on the DECA Statement of Assurances and Academic Integrity form and have been included on the chapter’s registration will be allowed to compete in the event. The signature(s) must be either physical signatures or digital signatures. Typed names in a font will not be accepted as signatures.


Oral Presentation:

  • During competition, each team will give an eight (8) minute presentation of its analysis and recommendations to the judges, followed by a two-minute question and answer period.
  • Each team member must participate in the oral presentation and respond to questions from the judges.
  • Only visual aids that can be easily carried to the presentation by the actual participants will be permitted, and the participants themselves must set up the visuals. No set-up time will be allowed.
  • Participants must furnish their own materials.
  • If participants wish, they may use a laptop or tablet to aid their presentation. No electrical power will be supplied. A personal hotspot may be used. We caution that it could be difficult for participants to receive and maintain a Wi-Fi connection due to so many people using cell phones while at the conference. If the team loses internet connection, you will not be given additional time. Our suggestion is for anything that participants might want to reference or show during the presentation, to save it directly onto a laptop or tablet.
  • Participants may use notecards during the presentation.
  • No materials may be handed to the judges.