Approximately 75 percent of college students gambled during the past year (whether legally or illegally, on campus or off) – betting on lottery, card games, small-stakes games and sports. The NCRG launched www.CollegeGambling.org in March 2011 to help colleges and universities address gambling and gambling-related harms on campus.
The first site of its kind, CollegeGambling.org is a comprehensive resource for students, campus administrators, campus health professionals and parents and brings together the latest research and best practices in responsible gaming and the field of addiction awareness and prevention. Features of CollegeGambling.org include:
- For campus administrators: CollegeGambling.org provides campus administrators with information and program ideas to address college gambling on campus. The site includes suggestions for integrating gambling education and awareness efforts into existing programs about alcohol, drugs and other risky behaviors.
- For campus health professionals: CollegeGambling.org provides information and guidance to help campus health professionals identify and provide assistance to students struggling with gambling addiction, and how to educate students about the issue.
- For students: For those who are of legal age to gamble, CollegeGambling.org offers resources to help make responsible decisions about gambling. The website also provides information for students about gambling disorders, the warning signs of a gambling problem, where to get help, and how to promote campus awareness of the issue. The site also provides a link to ‘Your First Step to Change,’ a confidential, online self-help toolkit designed to help students are thinking of changing their gambling behavior.
- For parents: In this section, parents can learn about gambling and gambling disorders, the warning signs of a problem and how to start a conversation about this issue. Parents will also find information about college gambling policies and how they can get involved to help address this issue on their son’s or daughter’s campus.
Additionally, CollegeGambling.org offers collateral materials, such as brochures about college gambling and responsible gambling, fact sheets, posters and stickers, that can be downloaded for free to help raise awareness about gambling and gambling disorders on campus.
The development of CollegeGambling.org was guided by an advisory committee of leading scientists, clinicians and student life experts. The NCRG has relied on the Advisory Committee to help ensure the materials created for the site are firmly grounded in the highest-quality research on these issues and will be effective for the intended audiences. View a complete list of Advisory Committee members.
CollegeGambling.org builds on the recommendations of the Task Force on College Gambling Policies, which provide schools with a roadmap for reducing gambling among students and enabling those who are struggling with addiction to participate more fully in college life.