Information in advance
For the OWee, all students receive a book and an annual calendar containing information about well-being, studying and student & city.
The OWee app clearly explains where you can go for any kind of help during, but certainly also after, the OWee. Furthermore, a push notification is sent via the app every day during the OWee with a survey with questions about how the participants feel. The answers to these are reviewed every day and action is taken if necessary.
Participants in the OWee are divided into groups of approximately 10 students with 2 mentors. These mentors are senior students and are the first point of contact for participants. They guide the participants during the first weeks of their student days and are paid by TU Delft. They sign an agreement and have to attend the 'Mentor Days'. On these days they receive information about their exemplary role and responsibilities and they are trained to deal with difficult situations.
Are you Okay?
Last year, the OWee and the student associations of the Association Council joined forces with the campaign 'Are you Okay?' from Rutgers. At all events of both the OWee and the student associations, posters have been placed with the points of contact for transgressive behaviour. The campaign flyers have also been distributed to participants.
In addition to the 'Are you Okay?' campaign this year we will provide 'captain bands' for everyone within the OWee organization who can be approached if participants do not feel comfortable. Due to the unanimous character of these ties, they will be clearly recognizable within the various associations and events.
Psychologists and care
There will be a daily walk-in consultation hour with the TU Delft student psychologists from 12.45 pm - 1.45 pm.
There is also the possibility to contact primary care 24 hours a day in the unlikely event that someone is confronted with inappropriate behaviour.
responsible alcohol consumption
About eighty percent of the prospective first-year students take the OWee. In the transition from secondary school student to student, a lot comes to the OWee participants. During the OWee we try to prepare them well and inform them about various topics such as well-being, behavior and social safety. We are advised by various departments such as Student Affairs (ESA). The OWee follows TU Delft's alcohol policy and, together with the partners of the Responsible Alcohol Consumption Core Team, we spread the message about how participants can deal responsibly with alcohol and substance use. An alcohol covenant was again concluded this year on the basis of a monthly core team meeting.
In the OWee of 2022, 26% less alcoholic beverages were sold and the number of non-alcoholic beverages sold was more than eleven times higher than in 2019. Based on the measures taken in 2022 and a number of additions, we want to reverse this trend to persevere. The following measures are taken:
- Alcohol is not served until five o'clock in the afternoon.
- Alcohol is served at 3 of the 15 events that are part of the regular program of the OWee.
- Instead of regular Heineken (5% alcohol), only Heineken Silver (4% alcohol) is now served.
- The number of 0.0 options has been expanded from one to three, this is of course in addition to soft drinks and water.
- The 0.0 options are (unlike the purchase price, which is more expensive than Heineken Silver), as expensive as Heineken Silver at the bar.
- The use of hard cups discourages getting a lot of beer at once.
- The hard cups are smaller in size compared to regular cups.
- Slogan 0.0wee = Okay
- Mentors (senior students) have been signing an agreement since two years ago that specifically states that they are responsible for monitoring the amount of alcohol consumed by the participants in their mentor group.
- No more student volunteers behind the bar, but external bar staff. The external bar staff are trained to stop serving when participants become too intoxicated. These bar staff are not from Delft, will not know the participants and will therefore give away less free drinks, where that was previously the case.