The Truman State University Career Center is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the association for human resources and career services professionals. As members, we abide by the Principles for Professional Conduct, an ethics document that serves as the framework and foundation for practices within the career planning, placement, and recruitment processes.
The Principles document tells us that serving alcohol to job candidates is inappropriate and inadvisable. The principle states “Serving alcohol should not be a part of the recruitment process on or off campus. This includes receptions, dinners, company tours, etc.” That means having an open bar, a paid bar, or holding a recruiting event in a bar is inappropriate. Given the whole notion of alcohol abuse and the problems college campuses are having with alcohol among students, serving alcohol at a reception is sending the wrong message. Further, many college students are younger than the state’s drinking age, and many college campuses now have a zero-alcohol-tolerance policy in effect. Therefore, serving alcohol could be in violation of a state’s law and a school’s policy.
This memo is intended to demonstrate the Truman State University Career Center’s support of the “No Alcohol in Campus Recruiting” policy.
If you would like to read the Principles for Professional Conduct document in its entirety, you can find it on NACE’s web site, at www.naceweb.org/principles/.
For more information, contact the Career Center.