Online gambling tempts students further into debt

Posted in Life on October 15th, 2009 by steve

UK“Students are resorting to online poker to pay off college loans, ending up deeper in debt, a gambling advisory service is warning. Young students, away from home for the first time and alone in their rooms with a laptop, are increasingly being tempted onto betting sites …” (more)

[Owen Bowcott, Guardian, 15 October]

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Curbing College Gambling

Posted in Legal issues on September 30th, 2009 by steve

USA“… Several studies cited in the report suggest that between 3 and 11 percent of American college students have serious problems with gambling that could result in academic, financial or mental health problems. A 2003 study found that 42 percent of college students had gambled during the previous year. The report calls on colleges and universities to create campus-wide committees to formulate and oversee gambling policies, restricting on-campus gambling and making sure campus policies are in line with local, state and federal gambling laws. It suggests that institutions regard gambling as a mental health disorder and adopt accommodations for students recovering from gambling problems. In all, there are 10 recommendations aimed at reframing how institutions tackle gambling issues …” (more)

[Jennifer Epstein, Inside Higher Ed, 30 September]

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