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Don’t roll the dice on office pools

January 31, 2018

Even casual bettors may like to put down a wager during the Super Bowl or March Madness, but doing so on university time or with university resources is not allowed.  Additionally, placing such a bet is likely considered illegal gambling in the State of Illinois.

Under State law, gambling includes any game of chance or skill played for money or anything else of value. While there are a number of provisions in the law that permit gambling in certain settings and situations (for example, the Illinois Lottery, licensed casinos, licensed video gaming in local businesses, etc.), unlicensed sports betting and office pools are not among them.

Illegal gambling at NIU or during work time violates Illinois law and university policy. This includes Super Bowl “squares,” March Madness office pools and other similar games. In addition, State law and NIU policies do not allow for use of university resources, including computers, e-mail, paper, printers or work-time, for gambling purposes.  Employees who operate, participate in or collect winnings from such gambling activities could be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge, especially in the most egregious of situations.

For more information, talk to Human Resource Services, the Office of General Counsel, or the NIU Ethics Officer.  If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) or contact the NIU Employee Assistance Program.