S1.7 Gambling

Effective Date: June 20, 2023
Last Reviewed: June 20, 2023

Stonehill College students must abide by federal and state laws and College policies prohibiting illegal gambling. Prohibited activity includes, but is not limited to:

  • Betting on, wagering on, or selling pools on any sporting event if the event does not meet the requirements outlined under Massachusetts Law;
  • Possessing on one's person or premises (e.g. room, car, ) any card, book, or other device for registering illegal bets; 
  • Knowingly permitting the use of one's premises or electronic devices for illegal gambling; 
  • Knowingly receiving or delivering a letter, package, or parcel related to illegal gambling; 
  • Offering, soliciting, or accepting a bribe to influence the outcome of an athletic event; 
  • Involvement in bookmaking or wagering pools with respect to sporting events; 
  • Playing cards for money; and 
  • Unauthorized raffles.

Sports gambling and fantasy contests are generally allowed under Massachusetts Law.

College-approved non-cash legal gambling activities such as casino nights with prizes must be approved by the Director of Student Engagement, or designee. The sponsoring organization must obtain appropriate licenses and complete required reports for legal gambling activities. 

In addition, student-athletes must adhere to all related guidelines pursuant to NCAA regulations and are therefore prohibited from participating in any sports gambling activities, whether on- or off-campus, concerning any intercollegiate or professional athletics team or competition on any sport in which the NCAA sponsors a championship in any Division. 

Students who experience serious difficulties with gambling are urged to call the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling at 1-800-426-1234, Gambler's Anonymous at 855-222-5542, or GamAnon at 888-644-8482.