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Purdue bans faculty and students from betting on Boilermaker sports

Betting on the Boilermakers will no longer be allowed for Purdue University faculty and students.

Posted: Oct 10, 2019 10:59 AM
Updated: Oct 11, 2019 7:25 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Betting on the Boilermakers will no longer be allowed for Purdue University faculty and students.

The Purdue Board of Trustees met Thursday and discussed whether sports wagering on its own athletics department should be allowed now that it is legal in Indiana. The vote on the ban was unanimous. 

Now, Purdue will make final tweaks to a draft. The policy is expected to go out before the Purdue at Iowa football game on Oct.19. 

The ban includes faculty, staff and students from betting on teams, coaches, contests, stats, etc. The prohibition includes sports wagers placed on any team, on a pre-game or in-play basis placed in US and placed online or app (legal or illegal).

Those found to be in violation, on the faculty and staff side, could be terminated. The Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Vice President for Human Resources with the Executive Policy Review Group will figure out sanctions for staff. 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.

The ban will also include independent contractors while doing work for the university.

"It seems very uncomfortable to have students and faculty betting on Purdue University sporting events or individuals," said Trustees Chairman Mike Berghoff. "It's urgent enough that we are going to approve the policy by adopting this resolution." 

Noah Scott speaks for students as a trustee. He said it's the board's job to protect student's education. 

"Just because you ask a football player who's in a group with you, 'how's your arm doing?' Or, 'how is your injury,' that the football player would have to say, 'are they asking me that because they want to place a bet on me?'"

The emphasis will focus solely on the new law enacted Sept. 1 in Indiana.

"Not the bracket in the dorm thing," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels.

Purdue Athletics declined an on-camera interview, however they released the following statement from Director Mike Bobinski.

"Today’s action by the board of trustees sends a strong message of support to our student-athletes. They can be confident in conducting their daily business on campus without fear of being compromised for information or in other ways that might be connected to sports gambling activities." 

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