While student associations like Vindicat in Groningen made agreements to reduce excessive alcohol use among its members, doing so in practice will prove to be difficult. Because student associations are financially rewarded by beer breweries and other alcohol providers for selling more alcohol to their members, RTV Noord reports based on its own research.
The municipality of Groningen is teaming up with the seven largest student associations in the city, including Vindicat and Albertus, to reduce alcohol consumption within the associations. There is a "too strong alcohol culture" within certain associations, and that must change, mayor Peter den Oudsten said to RTV Noord.
A 25-year-old member of Groningen student association Vindicat was fined 1 thousand euros on appeal for assaulting a prospective member during a hazing ritual in the summer of 2016. The student stood on the prospective member's head, causing a brain injury, ANP reports.
The University of Groningen and the Hanze Univeristy of Applied Sciences scrapped the management subsidies for student association Vindicat for the academic year 2017/2018. This follows a student being assaulted at a Vindicat party in December, and the association failing to report this incident, a spokesperson for the Hanze University confirmed to NU.nl.
A member of Groningen student association Vindicat was assaulted by two other members of the student association in December last year. Vindicat failed to report this incident to the relevant authorities, as they are obliged to do under the new hazing code. This new incident was massively met with disgust and calls for sanctions against the student association.
Groningen student Wouter B., 24, was sentenced to 240 hours of community service for inflicting serious injury on an aspiring member to student association Vindicat by standing on his head during hazing. He was also given a 31 day prison sentence, 30 of which conditionally suspended, and must pay 5,066 euros in compensation to the victim, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 180 hours of community service and a 90 days suspended prison sentence.
The management of Groningen student association Vindicat denies all reports that its members destroyed the Sushi Mall restaurant in Groningen when a party with a few hundred students got out of hand last week. According to the management, there is "no damage", NU.nl reports.
Witnesses told city blog Sikkom that Vindicat students pushed and mocked the staff, threw glasses, kicked a hole into the bathroom door and peed on the walls.
A few hundred members of Groningen student association Vindicat vandalized, looted and harassed the staff of a sushi restaurant in the city last week, AD reports.
Student Milou Deelen (21) made a video about her experience with "slut shaming" at the Groningen student association Vindicat in honor of International Women's Day. With the video, Deelen wants to draw attention to misogyny in the association, to which she herself fell victim, Het Parool reports.
Deelen's video has been viewed over 375 thousand times.
A student who sustained a brain injury during hazing at the Groningen student association Vindicat decided to file charges against the association, the Public Prosecutor announced, RTL Nieuws reports.
The young man sustained a cerebral edema when another student stood on his head.
According to the Prosecutor, the investigation into the incident is still ongoing. A spokesperson could not yet say whether it will end up being a criminal case.
The body found in the Lopende Diep canal in Groningen on Monday was identified Wytze Pennink, the police confirmed. The 18-year-old student went missing on Friday.
A body was found in the water of the Lopendiep in Groningen on Monday. The victim has not yet been identified, but many fear that it is missing student Wytze Pennink.
Police and firefighters searched the waters of Spilsluizen in Groningen with boats, divers and a dreg team for missing Groningen student Wytze Pennink on Sunday. The 18-year-old boy from Bussum was last seen early on Friday morning. His body was not found in the search.
A member of Groningen student union Vindicat shot at the Vindicat house with an air rifle on Monday. The association advised the residents of the house to report it to the police. The board will also take internal measures
The Public Prosecutor in Noord-Holland launched a criminal investigation into an incident at Groningen student association Vindicat. A prospective member was injured during hazing to such an extent that he was hospitalized with a brain injury.
Dutch students associations will not be added to the list of cultural heritage for the time being, Ineke Strouken said on Friday. She is director of the Center for Popular Culture and Intangible Heritage.
LKVV, the umbrella organization for students' associations in the Netherlands, is against a ban on hazing. Groningen wants to ban hazing in the city after a Vindicat prospective member ended up in the hospital with a brain injury. But according to LKVV, a ban is going to far.
The municipality of Groningen, the University of Groningen (RUG) and the Hanze University Groningen wants to completely ban hazing in student associations, they said in a joint statement.
Groningen student association Vindicat makes all prospective members sign a contract in which they promise not to say anything about hazing, according to NOS who has the contract in hand. If students fail to do so, they face a fine of 25 thousand euros. The contract also states that Vindicat is not liable for any damages.
An aspiring member of Groningen student association Vindicat ended up in hospital after he was hit on the head during hazing, the rector of the association confirmed to NRC. Rector Stijn Derksen called it a "regrettable incident" and said that the University of Groningen was informed.