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February 23, 2006

At a time when some companies are forbidding employees from smoking, Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is considering going in the opposite direction.

Of course, employees at the Baptist university currently are prohibited not only from smoking, but also from drinking alcohol and gambling, as well. And the rule applies both on and off the job.

Now a committee at the university, founded 65 years ago as the Baptist Bible Institute of Grand Rapids, is studying the policy, which covers the school's 300 faculty and staff members.

"Should there be a blanket statement? Should it be up to individuals? It's very preliminary so far," Mike Rohwer, the university's vice president for information systems, told the Grand Rapids Press. "We don't know where it will end up. We may affirm the policy."

Violators of the policy can be fired, although a school official said there had never been such a case.

Regardless of what happens with the employee policy, the school's 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students will still be prohibited from smoking, drinking, and gambling.

But Cornerstone is not all work and no play: A ban on student dancing was dropped 18 months ago.

Source: Grand Rapids Press

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