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

Can you join the same KEI-group as a friend?

Yes, it is possible to join a KEI-group with one friend. Mention this in the registration form and you will be placed in the same KEI-group. We can only match you if you give the right e-mail adres. You can only join a KEI-group with one friend. It is not possible to join with three or more people.

When is the KEI-office open during the KEI-week?

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

 

Monday: 09:00-19:00

Tuesday: 09:00-18:00

Wednesday: 10:00-17:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

Thursday: 10:00-17:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

Friday: 10:00-16:00 (contactable till 18:00 on whatsapp)

What does the KEI-week have to offer?

During the KEI-week you get to know all the different aspects of Groningen. The KEI-week provides general information about renting a room student grants. You can also get in touch with sports organizations, student societies and other sorts of associations. Besides all this, there will be a lot of festivities and activities which you can participate in.

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. Signing up for the KEI-week does not mean you are obligated to participate in the online events. You are free to join the events you like.

Is it possible for me to change KEI-groups during the KEI-week?

Yes it is. If you want to change your KEI-group for any reason you can contact the OFFICE-crew. To do so, you can call them (050 363 80 90), email them (info@keiweek.nl) or contact them via Whatsapp (+31 6 4422 6680).

If you have found another group which you think is more fun or suits you better? Thats also possible, you’ll will have to contact the OFFICE-crew about your replacement. This is important because we need to know which group you’re a part of in case of an emergency.

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.