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 adults. 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.

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. 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

Can the KEI-week be seen as an initiation?

No, not at all! You should see the KEI-week primarily as something that is just fun to do. It is a week full of information, activities and parties. Signing up for the KEI-week does not mean you are obligated to go to the events. You are free to go wherever you want, and join the events you like.

I’m allergic to certain foods, is it still possible to join the food-related events?

Of course we would still like you to join the food events. You can report your allergy to your KEI-leaders and during ‘Eat & Greet’ you can inform the student organizations, they will make sure to arrange something for you! During the KEI-picnic there will be a free packed lunch for your whole KEI-group which includes bread, fruit, juice and varied spreads. For more information about the food during the KEI-week, just email to info@keiweek.nl with the specifics of your allergy. We will make sure to inform you and possibly arrange something for you!

I am arriving in Groningen on Wednesday, can I still participate?

You definitely can! Just buy your ticket online via the website and come get your wristband at the KEI-building.

During the KEI-week the KEI-office (Pelsterstraat 23, near the Vismarkt) is open at the following times:

Monday:             09.00h-19.00h
Tuesday:             09.00h-18.00h
Wednesday:       10.00h-18.00h
Thursday:           10.00h-18.00h
Friday:                10.00h-18.00h

You can go there if you have any questions or if you want to buy a ticket after the Registration Day.

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 start?

The KEI-week 2019 takes place from 12th until the 16th of August!

What does the KEI-week cost?

The fee for registration is only €25,-: the cheapest introduction week in The Netherlands! You can also sign-up during the KEI-week, this costs €28,-. When registered, you have access to all events. The KEI organisation will provide coupons that will enable you to buy drinks and meals in bars and restaurants for reduced prices.