Purdue trustees to discuss faculty betting ban on the Boilermakers

Could those who give students grades also have money on how they perform on the field?

Posted: Oct 9, 2019 6:02 AM
Updated: Oct 9, 2019 6:47 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Purdue Board of Trustees could decide on a measure this week that would ban faculty members from betting on the Boilermakers. 

Sports betting became legal in Indiana earlier this year, including the NCAA. The change caused administrators to wonder if there is danger in betting on Purdue. Could those who give students grades also have money on how they perform on the field?

"I do believe we should take a stand," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. "It certainly could be in the benefit of student athletes that might feel pressured or somehow compromised."

Daniels and faculty members have expressed interest in implementing a policy from the onset. That's why the board will take up the topic Thursday. Student Trustee Noah Scott said the board will take this seriously, especially since it would restrict people from exercising an ability they have through state law.

"Policy for the sake of making policy is never good policy, but this seems to be one of those situations where I think the consensus is [students] can kind of see why it would be necessary in protecting the integrity of the athletics department, the students within it, and the academic side of it too," said Scott.

He said its in the interest of protecting staff and students.

"When money or betting comes into play, the perception of things, or undue influence, can sometimes be just as bad as it happening," said Scott.

As far as details, the trustees plan to hash out who all would be included in the ban and what would happen if someone is caught betting on Purdue. Daniels said the trustees will also discuss if the ban should include all students, however he said the ban would primarily be focused on the staff. 

"It has to be approached carefully," said Daniels. "It is a free country. There are some very legitimate concerns here."

"We want the dynamic to be on the student's academics," said Scott. "Athletics, as Mike Bobinski always says, is secondary to the education the students are getting."

Purdue Athletics declined to comment until after the board meeting. The board will take up the topic Thursday at 8:30 a.m. News 18 will be there and bring you updates on air and online.

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