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Purdue bans students, faculty from betting on Boilermaker games

10th October, 20:55

Sports betting is now legal in Indiana, but not for Purdue students, staff and faculty when the home team is playing.

Purdue University's Board of Trustees on Thursday unanimously agreed to ban Purdue students and employees from betting on Boiler games. Punishments are still being worked out, but termination for staff and faculty is on the table, according to WLFI-TV.

Independent contractors who do work for the university will also be banned from betting on Purdue sporting events. Those under the policy's purview will still be permitted to bet on other NCAA events, just not Purdue.

According to student body representative Noah Scott, the rule was passed to protect athletes from feeling as if those around them are prying for betting information.

"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?'" Scott said.

The new policy is not expected to go into effect until the Boilers' Oct. 19 game with Iowa, so those looking to bet on Purdue should put it all on this Saturday's game with Maryland (noon ET, BTN).