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Gambling Policy and Statement

The NCAA has established strict guidelines concerning student-athletes' involvement in gambling and bribery. Student-athletes shall not knowingly participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling.

Gambling is a serious problem and can have tragic consequences for the student-athlete who may be tempted to engage in such activities. Gambling and bribery pose a significant threat to the integrity of intercollegiate athletics. NCAA Bylaw 10.3 states that student-athletes and staff members of the athletic department shall not knowingly:

1.Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition;
2.Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate or professional team;
3.Accept a bet on any team representing the institution; or
4.Participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, parlay card, or any other method employed by organized gambling.

Student-athletes are also responsible for the following:

1.Reporting to the coach or assistant athletic director for student services any offers of gifts, money, or favors in exchange for supplying team information or for attempting to alter the outcome of any contest;
2.Maintaining a clear understanding of what constitutes gambling and bribery activities and reporting any suspected infractions;
3.Contacting the coach or other department personnel (e.g., sports information office staff) when questions concerning appropriate release of team information occur; and
4.Recognizing that participation in gambling or bribery activities will result in disciplinary action by the NCAA as well as local, state, and/or federal prosecution of the involved individual(s).

A violation of NCAA rules on gambling on a professional or collegiate sporting event will have the following sanctions for student-athletes:

1.If a student-athlete solicits or accepts a bet involving a professional or collegiate sporting event, the student-athlete will be ineligible for one full year and will be charged with the loss of one season of eligibility.
2.If a student-athlete solicits or accepts a bet on a collegiate sporting event involving Ohio University, or engages in activities designed to influence the outcome of a contest (i.e., "point shaving"), the student-athlete will permanently lose all remaining eligibility in all sports.