Minister of Education Ben Weyts (N-VA) has prepared a Flanders-wide framework for student activities. Parties, TDs and cantuses are definitely excluded during the first semester. According to the minister, the student conventions, clubs and associations have also committed themselves not to organize classical student baptisms in the first semester.
City of Leuven rather, this one came with its own framework for student activities, but it soon became clear that a Flanders-wide framework would be created to prevent avoidant behavior. That framework is now in place, says education minister Ben Weyts (N-VA) in a press release. ‘Students need guidance for activities that take place before and after class hours,’ says Weyts. ‘One framework for the whole of Flanders should prevent confusion and avoidance behavior. Activities cannot simply be moved to another municipality: the same basic rules everywhere. ‘
A Flanders-wide framework was agreed in consultation with the student conventions, clubs and associations, the Flemish Interuniversity Council, the Flemish University Council, the Flemish Association of Students and virologist Marc Van Ranst.
“In concrete terms, an activity matrix will be created that indicates which different activities can be safely organized under which conditions,” Weyts says. ‘For example, students and the various (local) authorities are given clarity about how many people you can invite to a kot meeting, how a fakbar should be set up, when sports matches can take place and what protocol must be observed during a Praesidium weekend.’
A number of activities – parties, TDs, cantuses and gala balls – cannot be organized corona-proof and may not take place in the first semester. ‘The student convents, clubs and associations are also committed to not organizing classical student baptisms anywhere in Flanders in the first semester,’ says Weyts. ‘The first semester can then be used to quietly rethink the concept of classic student baptisms. This can also be an opportunity to reverse the current negative perception of the ritual. ‘
Local authorities can still impose additional security measures, Weyts emphasizes. ‘The same applies to universities and colleges, if the student activities take place on campuses. Rules can be tightened or relaxed as the situation continues to evolve. ‘
Below you will find the full matrix:
Matrix Studentenactiviteiten by <a rel="nofollow" title="View Sylvie Van Ginneken