Alcoholic Beverages

Medical College of Wisconsin policies and procedures, including the enforcement practices of Public Safety, are consistent with applicable local, state, and federal laws regarding the possession, use, and/or sale of alcoholic beverages. Public Safety personnel have the authority to enforce MCW policy and rules, but are not certified law enforcement officers. The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office has full law enforcement authority, including the powers to arrest and detain.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is committed to maintaining a drug-free work and campus environment in compliance with The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment (DFSCA) of 1989

Alcoholic beverages may only be served on MCW premises at functions sponsored by MCW and/or its departments, and then only in accordance with Wisconsin law. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees on MCW property or as part of MCW activities is prohibited.

Very few students enroll at MCW before attaining the legal Wisconsin drinking age of 21 years, making underage consumption of alcohol an infrequent problem. However, all employees and students are encouraged to use alcohol only in a lawful and responsible manner.

Violation of this policy by employees will result in appropriate actions up to and including separation from employment. Students who violate this policy will face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from MCW. In the event of a violation, completion of an appropriate rehabilitation program may be required.
Alcohol is the most frequently abused drug in society. Alcohol is chemically classified as a mind-altering drug because it contains ethanol and depresses the function of the central nervous system. This depression affects motor coordination, speech, and vision. In great amounts, it can affect respiration and heart rate control. Death can result when the level of blood alcohol exceeds 0.40%. Prolonged abuse of alcohol can lead to alcoholism, malnutrition, and cirrhosis.

Wisconsin has formidable legal sanctions that restrict the use of alcohol in various situations. It is illegal to procure for, sell, dispense or give away alcohol to anyone who has not reached the legal drinking age of 21 years (Wis Stat. 125.07(1)(a)(1)). Every adult has a legal obligation to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol on premises owned by the adult or under the adult’s control (Wis Stat. 125.07(1)(a)(3)). A first-time violator of either of the above subsections can be fined up to $500.

It is against the law for an underage person to procure or attempt to procure an alcoholic beverage, to falsely represent his or her age for the purpose of obtaining alcohol, to enter premises licensed to sell alcohol, or to consume or possess alcohol on licensed premises (Wis Stat. 125.07(4)(a)). A first-time underage violator of Wis Stat. 125.07(4)(bs) can be fined up to $500, ordered to participate in a supervised work program, and have their driver’s license suspended.

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