Indiana State University is banning its employees from betting on the school’s athletic events.
The new policy also mentions student athletes, although NCAA rules already ban them from sports betting.
According to ISU’s summary of the policy, it’s all about ensuring the integrity of athletic events.
“The purpose of the policy is to make clear ISU’s commitment to student athletes and the University’s expectation that employees embrace principles of integrity and ethical behavior.”
The policy applies to all types of employees. That includes student staff, administrators, coaches, and professors.
ISU took a different route compared to Purdue and Butler
Although Purdue and Butler have sports wagering policies of their own, there’s a key difference between them.
ISU’s policy doesn’t ban its students from betting on games. Purdue and Butler banned the entire university, students included, from gambling on sporting events.
Butler became the second Indiana college to create this type of policy back in February.
Purdue jumped on things even earlier. The Boilermakers put things into effect in October, right as online sports betting began in Indiana.
The idea here is that students might obtain inside information that would give them an unfair betting advantage.
Breaking any of these three polices could result in a firing or expulsion.
However, policies like this have been tough to enforce. Since sports betting is legal, it’s a hard rule to stay on top of.
Right now, the only way for schools to catch students or faculty breaking the rules is if someone reports them, or if they admit to it themselves. Since it’s so easy to slip through the cracks, other Indiana colleges haven’t bothered to even put a new policy together.
Indiana now has the most schools with a sports betting ban
Although some states like New Jersey have blanket bans in place on all in-state collegiate teams, most don’t have any type of college betting bans in place anywhere in the state.
Indiana and Pennsylvania are the exceptions. They’re the only two states that have had Division I schools ban sports betting on their own.
Up until now, both states had two schools each with bans in place. Indiana with Purdue and Butler, and Pennsylvania with Villanova and St. Joseph’s.
ISU pushes the Hoosier State over the hump.
Purdue and ISU are also the only two public schools to create new sports wagering policies. Villanova, Butler, and St. Joseph’s are all private universities.
Despite the fact that there are still only a few schools with bans, it’s interesting that they’ve all popped up in the same two places, rather than spread out over the different states with legal sports betting.
That will be a trend worth keeping an eye on as more and more states join the sports betting party.
IU, Notre Dame, and Ball State have no sports betting policy
IU, Notre Dame, and Ball State are in the same boat as most schools around the country. Very few have a sports betting ban in place.
Typically, universities just stick with the NCAA’s rules.
Those rules ban athletes, coaches, and officials from betting on games, but leave students and other faculty in the clear.
Chuck Carney, a spokesperson for IU, says that although the school doesn’t have a policy now, that doesn’t mean that it might not make one down the line.
“It’s something that right now we’re not working on but we’ll always of course look at what’s happening with the new laws coming into place in Indiana.”
That echoes how most universities feel about the situation.
Creating a policy like that takes time and resources, and the board of trustees would have to approve a sports betting ban at most schools.
Since schools aren’t facing rampant instances of student or staff betting threatening the integrity of sports, there just isn’t a pressing need to develop new sets of rules to counteract it. Especially when those rules can’t be enforced in the first place.
Until universities run into more betting-related problems, don’t expect too many more colleges to go the same route as ISU, Butler, or Purdue.