Groninger Studentencorps Vindicat atque Polit

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Vindicat building at Grote Markt 27 in Groningen.

The Groninger Studenten Corps Vindicat atque Polit (Latin for Maintain and Refine) is the oldest Dutch student association and was founded on February the 4th, 1815 as a reaction to attacks on students from local citizens. The first rector of the senate was B.J. Winter. Nowadays Vindicat is the second largest student organization in Groningen, a city in the North of The Netherlands, with nearly 2500 members.

Vindicat's Society building is located in the heart of Groningen and is called Mutua Fides (Mutual Trust or Confidence) and plays a large role in the social life of its members. Vindicat is also home to cultural and sport sub-organizations like GSR Aegir. In 2015, Vindicat celebrated its 200th anniversary with its 40th lustrum festival.

In 2005, a copy of Mutua Fides on a scale of 1:25 was built in the miniature city Madurodam.


Vindicat's 1997 hazing caused the death of 18-year-old Reinout Pfeiffer. The organisation had been warned to take measures, but in 2001, 2005 and 2016 hazingrituals caused further injuries, in addition to incidents of sexism in 2016 and 2017. It was also discovered Vindicat forced members to sign contracts that banned them from talking to the media. After accusations of disorderly behaviour in a restaurant Vindicat's yearly subsidy from the University of Groningen was suspended in September 2017. [1]

Images of Vindicat and Mutua Fides

See also


  1. ^ "Background: The reasons why Gronings studentbody Vindicat is under fire". Retrieved 12 September 2017.

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 53°13′07″N 6°34′07″E / 53.218717°N 6.568542°E / 53.218717; 6.568542

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