September 12, 2019

Purdue trustees to consider policy on sports gambling

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue’s Board of Trustees at its Oct. 10 meeting will consider a policy prohibiting faculty and staff across the university system from wagering on any Purdue teams, coaches or student-athletes.

Purdue President Mitch Daniels said the policy is being developed at the urging of several members of the Purdue faculty as well as Purdue’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. The NCAA already prohibits wagering by certain officials of the university, student athletes and coaches, among others.

“Our goal and that of our Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is to operate with the greatest of integrity and sportsmanship,” Daniels said. “In that spirit and out of respect for our student-athletes and coaches, we believe this is the right action to take to reduce the potential for any student-athlete to feel compromised, for any implication of profiteering or inside information, or other problems.”

The policy, which is still being drafted, would apply to all faculty and staff across the Purdue system, wherever located and whether employed full time, part time or on a temporary basis. The idea of including non-athlete students will also be considered.

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