Gambling Policy for Students and Student Groups

Illinois law and University policy prohibit gambling in any form, the sponsoring of lotteries, and the sale of lottery tickets, except lotteries and raffles conducted in accordance with state and local law. It is also Northwestern University policy that any event that suggests University endorsement of gambling is not permissible. Students and student organizations involved in gambling-related incidents may face legal and disciplinary actions.

Gambling includes any game of chance or skill played for money or other thing of value, but it may be permissible to offer prizes, awards, or other compensation to the actual contestants in any bona fide contest for the determination of skill. Prohibited activities include blackjack, poker, euchre, any other card game, craps, roulette, and other comparable games when these games are played for money or any other thing of value, including, but not limited to, cash or prizes. Events featuring bona fide games of skill, such as darts or billiards, at which prizes are awarded, may be permissible, but betting will not be allowed. Any requests for events at which games of skill will be played must be approved by the Center for Student Involvement or other designated University officials.

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