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Yellow Wood Commission

Campus Life

About the Commission

The Commission’s name comes from the well-known Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken,” and implies that we are, as a community, at a critical juncture in our history. Very few colleges have taken the broad and thoughtful approach to excessive alcohol use that we intend.

In the fall of 2009, Yellow Wood Commission members, comprised of students, faculty, and staff committed to leading Wheaton in a deep and thorough examination of its alcohol-related policies and practices, initiated an in-depth review of the latest research and best practices of colleges across the country. The goal: to inspire the cultural change needed to reduce alcohol-related harm and bolster academic success.

After significant study and broad community discussions, the YWC created the Alcohol Response:  Institutional Recommendation Report. This report presents an overview of findings and recommendations for positive change. While this report signals the completion of the Yellow Wood Commission's original charge, there is still hard work ahead. The good news is that we as a community are ready and able to do what is necessary for a better future; this report points the way.

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