Enforcement policy

The legal age to purchase and consume alcohol in the Netherlands is 18 years. Drinking below the age of 18 is punishable. During the KEI-week various measures have been taken to prevent alcohol consumption under the age of 18:

1: Wristbands – Different colors of wristbands will be used for minors and 18 and above. This distinction is clearly visible in the dark and in a glance it is clear whether or not a KEI-participant is allowed to drink alcohol. If you are caught drinking alcohol with a minor wristband, you will be punished. 

2: Communication – Attention will be paid to the alcohol ban and the NIX18 (‘nothing under 18’) campaign in various means of communication. Also, volunteers who participate in the KEI-week will be well informed about the alcohol policy. For example, the people behind the bar are clearly instructed about the wristbands, but also about dealing with people who have drunk too much.

3: KEI-leader – De KEI-leader will be well instructed during the KEI-leader training prior to the KEI-week about our alcohol policy. We will also pay attention during the training to how group pressure can be prevented and the influence of the KEI-leader in this process.

This policy is further complemented by a social campaign that the KEI organization has been conducting for years, which is aimed at being responsible with alcohol consumption.

Regarding drugs, we also have a clear policy, in line with legislation and regulations. All drugs are prohibited at all times. This applies to both use and sale of the banned products.

 

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Frequently asked questions for KEI-lopers

Do I have to be in Groningen during the KEI-week?

The KEI-week will mostly take place online this year. Therefore it is definitely possible to join the KEI-week from home. During the KEI-week you can meet some new friends online and you get to know Groningen. Besides the online activities there might be some physical activities in Groningen depending on the measures due to the coronavirus.

What does ‘KEI’ stand for?

KEI stands for “Kommissie Eerstejaars Introduktie” , which can be translated as “The commission for the introduction of first-year students”. The KEI-week is the general introduction week for all incoming higher education students, both at the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences. The KEI-week is the oldest, largest and cheapest introduction week in the Netherlands.

When does the KEI-week takes place?

The KEI-week 2020 takes place from 10th until the 14th of August!

What does the KEI-week cost?

Register before the 1st of July and take advantage of the early bird discount! Until the 1st of July the price of registration is only €7,95! After this date it is still possible to register for the KEI-week. With your registration you get access to the platform before the KEI-week already. Most parts of the KEI-week will take place at the platform.

Who can sign up for the KEI-week?

The KEI-week is organized for all first year students of the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Obstetric Academy Amsterdam Groningen, Stenden University of Applied Sciences and HBO-NL. Pre-Master and Master students are also more than welcome!

Can I receive a refund if I have paid but choose not to attend the KEI-week?

It is not possible to claim a refund for any previously paid for ‘articles’ such as a ticket for the KEI-week. We advise you to wait with your registration until you are accepted at the university/school. We don’t have a maximum of participants for the KEI-week, so you can always sign up online for the KEI-week until the 14th of August.