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Are you concerned about gambling at your school? Are you an educator or school administrator who is interested in learning how to develop a gambling policy? We can help. 

We can also provide:

  • Speakers for classes
  • Trainings for:
    • Resident Assistants (RA) and Residence Life Directors
    • Athletic departments and student athletes
    • Health and wellness centers
    • Deans and student affairs personnel

Some Facts about Students and Gambling:

Compared to college students without gambling disorders, college students with gambling disorders are more likely to:

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  • Use tobacco
  • Use alcohol, drink heavily or binge drink, get drunk
  • Use marijuana or other illegal drugs
  • Drive under the influence
  • Be arrested for non-traffic offenses
  • Binge eat
  • Have a low GPA
  • Experience depression and stress, as well as consider and attempt suicide

Watch this informative video about gambling among college students

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To have materials sent to your school or request a training, please contact Program Specialist, Amanda Poggenburg.

“I think my gambling problem started when I was 13. I started to realize the excitement of an action high. I remember gambling on anything where I thought I could control the outcome. I never wanted to play for fun. In high school I did not have enough money or credit to do financial damage. In college I worked part time and that is when my gambling started to escalate. After college I went to work full time and that is when my sports gambling became problem gambling.” — Tom

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2. (Blanco C, Okuda M, Wright C, et al. Mental health of college students and their non-college attending peers. Archives of General Psychiatry. 2008;65(12):1429-1437.)

3. Engwall D, Hunter R, Steinberg M. Gambling and other risk behaviors on university campuses. Journal of American College Health. May-Jun 2004; 52(6):245-255.

4. Lesieur HR, Cross J, Frank ML, et al. Gambling and pathological gambling among university students. Addictive Behaviors. 1991; 16:517-527.

5. Stuhldreher WL, Stuhldreher TJ, Forrest KY. Gambling as an emerging health problem on campus. Journal of American College Health. 2007; 56(1):75-83.)

Here’s an excerpt from Suffolk University’s Gambling Policy

GAMBLING
Any form of gambling on Suffolk University property or involving college functions, including, but not limited, athletic events and other extra-curricular activities is prohibited. Gambling is defined as playing a game for money, chips/markers, or property, or otherwise placing a bet on an uncertain outcome. This is a serious offense and will therefore be treated as such. Students found responsible for participating in gambling activities are subject to sanctions ranging up to dismissal from the University.University-approved non-cash legal gambling activities such as casino nights with prizes must be approved by the director of student activities, or designee. The sponsoring organization must obtain appropriate licenses and complete required reports for legal gambling activities.”