But… if the wealthy students can’t break national public health rules to party then where is all of our freedom?
A student party on the board of the university in Groningen thinks that Vindicat is being punished too hard, for the small indiscretions of continuous house-parties, Coronavirus rule-breaking, and having a super spreader party on a partybus that toured Groningen’s ring road.
According to De Vrije Student group, you cannot hold Vindicat responsible for everything its members do in their spare time. De Vrije Student bases its philosophy around individualism, and ‘academic freedom’. As reported by the GIC.
The board of Vindicat is held responsible by the RUG for a recent bus ‘incident’, where a group of drunk students packed onto a coach to party in contravention of Coronavirus regulations.
Shortly after that incident, the Executive Board of the University of Groningen announced that it had not yet judged Vindicat for its history of poor behaviour that includes the death of a first-year during a brutal hazing ritual.
After that it appeared that the University Board had already prepared a press release, going against its initial statement. “We feel cheated!”, says David Jan Meijer, party chairman of De Vrije Student, who has leapt to the defence of the unfortunate, wealthy, well-connected Vindicat members.
“The core of these agreements is that you can only hold the board of a student organization responsible for incidents where they can also have influence,” says chairman Meijer.
“The University Board has involved matters that the association cannot do anything about, such as the house parties and the bus incident. The University has promised that it would not hold the associations against it, but they are doing that now.”
As for the rest of us that have kept to the rules, we’re in for a big Christmas lockdown!