Misericordia University relies heavily on the individual good judgement of our employees in carrying out this policy. There will be times when alcohol is served at events sponsored by the university, other associations, or other business associates. Employees who choose to drink alcoholic beverages at these events are expected to exercise due care and good judgement. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. The following principles and procedures will provide managers and all employees with further guidance on the responsible use of alcoholic beverages at business related events.

The prior approval of a Vice President or President will be required for any university sponsored event where alcoholic beverages will be consumed or served. The use of alcoholic beverages on Misericordia University's premises without prior authorization is strictly prohibited.

At any university sponsored event where alcoholic beverages are served, non-alcoholic beverages and snack foods should be made available. Reasonable time limits will also be placed on the serving of alcoholic beverages.

The department chair or manager in charge of the event is responsible for establishing control measures to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not served to anyone under the age of twenty-one years or to anyone who is under the influence of alcohol. A person is considered "under the influence" when, after consuming alcohol, his or her behavior and judgement have become so adversely affected that (a) he or she constitutes a threat to the life, well-being or property of oneself or others or (b) his or her behavior is offensive to a person of reasonably normal sensitivities.

Employees or guests who are deemed to be "under the influence" should not be allowed to drive home from the event and should be provided with a "designated driver" or alternate form of transportation. Any expense associated with an alternate form of transportation (e.g. taxi) shall be the ultimate responsibility of the employee or guest and reimbursement to the university will be required.

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