The introduction weeks for first-year students should take place online as much as possible in the coming weeks. Some physical activities may continue in small groups.
This was announced on Thursday during the press conference of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Hugo de Jonge (Public Health), which was held because of the increase in the number of corona infections.
“We are putting on the reins for the introduction weeks in the near future,” said Rutte. Physically, introductory activities may only take place if it concerns meetings that are “informative in nature”, for example about the structure of the academic year.
It has also been decided that study associations and student sports associations may only organize physical activities if these are necessary for the introduction of the study or sport. “All this happens without alcohol and with an end time of 22:00.”
For these physical activities, there must be permission from the management of the educational institution concerned and the chairman of the regional security region. If no permission is given, the activities must still be kept online.
Student associations must organize their introduction activities online. They are not allowed to recruit new members physically. In addition, no hazing sessions may take place.
Many activities of introduction weeks already online
The organizers had already designed the introduction weeks, which will start in the coming weeks, because of the measures against the spread of the coronavirus. Most of the introduction weeks are therefore largely online.
Student organizations see the introduction time this year as an extra important part of student life. “Especially if your education is going to be mainly digital, as a first-year you should have the opportunity to get to know your fellow students, your city and your college or university”, according to the National Student Union (LSVb).
According to national and local student organizations, physical activities can continue in a safe and responsible manner thanks to close consultation between the educational institutions, the municipality, the GGDs and the safety regions. They wrote this earlier in a letter to the cabinet.