the Alcohol and Other Drugs Harm Reduction Initiative (“Audrey”)



Alcohol Recommendations Implementation Committee

Formed in February of 2014, ARIC is charged with implementing a critical and ambitious set of recommendations aimed at creating a safer, healthier campus with lower rates of high-risk drinking.

ARIC will consider Yale's approach to alcohol from all angles, including communications, policies, training, education and programming. Stressing the importance of student wellness and community participation, ARIC will rely on public health strategies that are evidenced-based and oriented towards maximizing student health. Student input is a vital part of this process and students' visions will shape the work.

Co-chaired by Dean Marichal Gentry and Secretary and Vice President for Student Life Kimberly Goff-Crews, ARIC includes eight students, residential college masters and deans, and other administrators.  Four of the student members are undergraduates who sat on last year's Yale College Task Force on Alcohol and Other Drugs.  Two more undergraduates have been chosen by an open application process this spring.  In addition, twelve undergraduates have been selected for the newly created student advisory board that will work alongside ARIC to ensure that student voices are heard consistently.

The core recommendations to be implemented include:

  1. Develop a cohesive, coordinated, and expansive approach to alcohol use among undergraduates. 
  2. Communicate and consistently implement policies, procedures, and consequences.
  3. Expand education about alcohol, drawing on best practices.
  4. Provide more opportunities for alcohol to play a lesser role in activities and social events, especially during evening and late-night hours.
  5. Engage the entire campus community, including students and senior administrative leadership, in frank dialogue about high-risk alcohol use; clearly articulate our community values.