On the day that the fraternity was informed that the universities would be cutting ties with them, a fight broke out between several members of Vindicat.
Translation by Traci White
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that the incident occurred on the 1st of October. According to police spokesperson Anthony Hogeveen, a victim filed a report connected to the violent altercation several days later. Hogeveen said that an investigation is ongoing but did not comment on the nature of the fight, how many students were involved or the extent of the victim’s injuries.
Danique Vreeburg, a member of the board of Vindicat, told the newspaper that the members involved in the altercation are in good condition. University of Groningen spokesperson Gernant Deekens told the Dagblad that Vindicat board followed protocol and notified the Advies Commissie Introductietijden, a commission which oversees the introduction period at the Groningen student associations. The commission informs the board of the university if they receive any such reports.
“We made the right decision”
Deekens says that the matter is now in the hands of the police. “This incident reaffirms our conviction that we made the right decision”, referring to the RUG and Hanze’s recent announcement that the fraternity would not receive board funding from either university. The fraternity is also not welcome at official academic functions for the time being.
Members of the student association, which has a prominent location on the Grote Markt, have been involved in a range of scandals in recent years, including alleged property destruction, sexual harassment, and a number of fights and injuries.