Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Purdue Bans Faculty, Staff, And Students From Gambling On Boilermaker Games

Purdue Trustees Approve Sports Wagering Policy:

PurdueThe Purdue University Board of Trustees on Thursday (Oct. 10) approved the adoption of a sports wagering policy.

The policy bans faculty, staff and non-athlete students across the university system from gambling on sporting events involving any Purdue teams, coaches or student-athletes. The policy was developed at the urging of some faculty members, as well as the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, after sports betting became legal in Indiana earlier this year. The policy applies to wagers placed worldwide and online.

Faculty and staff violators of the rule would face discipline up to and including termination. Sanctioning guidelines will be developed by the vice provost for faculty affairs and vice president for human resources in concert with the Executive Policy Review Group.

The vice provost for student life  and the dean of students will work with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the EPRG to develop sanctioning guidelines for non-athlete students who are found to be in violation of this policy.

NCAA rules already prohibit wagering by certain officials of a university, student-athletes and coaches, among others.

Michael McCann (New Hampshire), Why Purdue Faces Major Obstacles Legally, Logistically in Sports Betting Ban:

Indiana is one of 13 states to have legalized sports betting. But that doesn’t mean everyone in Indiana can bet on any game. Let’s say you’re an employee or a student at Purdue University. Whatever you do, don’t bet on Purdue games—regardless of whether you pick the Boilermakers to win or lose, and regardless of the spread or the over/under.

How come? Because in the not-so-distant-future, you could be fired from your job or kicked out of school. ...

Purdue appears to be the first public university in a state with legalized sports betting to adopt a sports betting ban, but it’s not the first university to do so. St. Joseph’s University, a private Jesuit college in Pennsylvania, announced a similar initiative two days ago (as detailed on Sports Handle). It will be interesting to see if other schools in states with legalized sports betting adopt such policies. If they do, and if they are public universities, the likelihood of a legal challenge will rise.

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I don't have the slightest interest in gambling, but if I'm not involved in a university's sports, it's none of their business whether I do or not.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Oct 15, 2019 5:37:29 AM

And Villanova:

Posted by: James Edward Maule, Professor of Law Emeritus, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law | Oct 15, 2019 6:47:31 AM