Self-regulation is a well-known way of stopping bad behaviour
Two ‘prominent’ students, one from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and one from the University of Groningen have written an open letter to all other students in Groningen. The latter calls on students to address other individuals that do not comply with anti-Coronavirus measures more directly. As reported by the GIC.
“Take back your responsibility. For each other. For yourself ”, says Izaäk van Jaarsveld, chair of the Hanze University Participation Council, and Teun Havinga, student assessor at the University of Groningen.
“Last week there were many reports that we as students must take responsibility. That we should not go to busy places and keep more distance. Yet it is not “the students” who are the problem, but individuals that do not comply with the measures. We as students can do something about that. As students, we have to do something about that. Because we endanger the health of others more directly than we sometimes seem to realize and because new limitations will be the inevitable result if we do not regain our responsibility. Restrictions that will seriously affect our freedoms in the short term. ”
“That is why we would like to call on you not to be afraid to hold others accountable for non-compliance with the measures and to remain alert to that responsibility. Because in this way we not only show that we are responsible, but we also ensure that everything can remain open. So that we can continue to drink that beer on the terrace, go to our internships and go to the university buildings. Our ability to regain our responsibility is therefore decisive. For others and for ourselves. ”
“The infections are increasing. We cannot deny that especially among the younger population, but we can do something about it! ”
It would be easy to dismiss the letter as a final desperate attempt to get students to self-police, and report their peers to University authorities if they are thought to be falling foul of the Coronavirus regulations. Pubs and bars in the city of Groningen remain open.
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