Initiation rite goes wrong

Het inwijdingsritueel gaat fout


The activity of playing tricks on someone, especially a new person in a fraternity or sorority (= a social organization for university students):

Ten fraternity members had their heads shaved during hazing last week.
A hazing incident ended with one student in the hospital.

Although it’s generally against the rules, hazing still exists in some places.
No one should have to accept the ridiculous behavior that is a part of hazing.
He was wearing a cheerleader outfit as part of a rookie hazing ritual.

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Hazing lead to death

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Sanda was a young student who wanted to join a student association in Belgium, he was subjected to several trials like drinking litters of alcohol and fish oil, eating living mice, eels and fishes. The 17 perpetrators have tried to hide what happened, have deleted all the messages and every proof of what happened. The members of the student association only had to do some community service and write an essay on their actions. We need them to be punished for what they did.

IN SHORT: The Sanda Dia case

Sanda Dia, a 20-year-old student from Edegem, was in his third year of civil engineering at KU Leuven when he wanted to join the student club Reuzegom. To do so, he had to participate in an extreme baptismal ritual, on 4 and 5 December 2018. A baptismal ritual that would eventually become his death.

On the second day, Sanda and two other shafts had to dig a well in Vorselaar, which they then had to sit in. There they got buckets of ice-cold water over them, had to eat all kinds of dirty things and had to drink a lot of fish oil.

Finally, in the course of the evening, he was taken to hospital. But no more help was forthcoming and he died two days after the baptism. What exactly happened during those two days can be read again here.

18 members of Reuzegom are now on trial in the criminal court. They are suspected of unintentional killing, deliberately administering harmful substances that lead to death, degrading treatment, culpable negligence and breaches of animal welfare laws.

Leuven University 

Flemish education minister Hilde Crevits has demanded a meeting with the region’s five universities and their student clubs, after a 20-year-old student died as a result of an initiation rite.

The youth, who has not been named, was taking part in a ceremony to join the exclusive student club Reuzegom. Student clubs at Belgian universities are somewhat the equivalent of US fraternities: they are not interest-related like chess or drama clubs, but more social gatherings.

Reuzegom is known as being more of an elite club with a tendency to excess, and with a tough test for entry. The ceremony this week took place in the town of Vorselaar in Antwerp province.

The youth who died was made to drink fish oil, which according to doctors caused a swelling in his brain caused by the sudden intake of a strong salt solution. He was taken to Antwerp university hospital already in a coma, and never regained consciousness. Two other students were treated at the same time, but their condition is not serious.


The university said it was “shocked” by the news. Rector Luc Sels called on all student clubs to sign a charter on the limits of their behaviour during what they refer to as “baptisms” of new members, which usually involve some activity which is disgusting or humiliating. The charter has, however, been in existence since 2003, and about 15 clubs still refuse to sign.

Crevits, meanwhile, intends to call in representatives of the clubs and the universities, and the threat of withdrawing financing from any club that continues to refuse to sign the charter has been floated.

Those involved in the Vorselaar incident, however, may have more than the minister to answer to. An autopsy is to be carried out on the dead student, to determine the exact cause of death. If necessary, charges could be brought against the organisers of the baptism.

Alan Hope
The Brussels Times

student hazing: Studentendoop

hazing { noun }
humiliating initiation practices

Ontgroenen: inwijden in een groep door te kleineren

Van Dale

Het nieuwsblad Podcast Stemmen van Assisen De dood van Sanda Dia

‘Telefacts NU’

‘Telefacts NU’ maakte een reportage over de dood van de student Sanda Dia (20). 

Onze redactie ontdekte dat Sanda Dia eerder al het slachtoffer was van racisme bij Reuzegom. Alexander Bruyninckx, werkte destijds in de feestzaal Albatros en was getuige van het incident. Nu doet hij zijn verhaal in onze reportage.

Guy Erbo

Wraakroepend, Mensonterend, Walgelijk !
Een langdurige gewilde marteling met racistische inslag met de dood voor gevolg dat was het.
De rijkelui zoontjes van….die er veel te goedkoop, lees in feite straffeloos zullen van afkomen dank zij de connecties van hun ouders mits medewerking met de falende klasse justitie, één van de kwalen naast de politiek in dit Bananenkoningdom.

‘Telefacts NU’ over zaak-Sanda

Sanda kwam tijdens een studentendoop van de club Reuzegom om het leven.

Bekijk hier de volledige reportage.

Sanda: reconstructie van een fatale studentendoop – Telefacts NU S1E1

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21 okt. 2021

Een reconstructie van de fatale 48 uur voor de dood van Sanda Dia, de 20-jarige ingenieursstudent die overleed na een doop van studentenclub Reuzegom. Waarom greep niemand in? En waarom zwijgen alle betrokkenen?

Sanda: reconstructie van een fatale studentendoop
Tijdsduur 48 min

Een reconstructie van de fatale 48 uur voor de dood van Sanda Dia, de 20-jarige ingenieursstudent die overleed na een doop van studentenclub Reuzegom. 

Waarom greep niemand in?
En waarom zwijgen alle betrokkenen?

Pieter Huyberechts
Sanda Dia

Het rouwkaartje van de twintigjarige ingenieursstudent Sanda Dia bleef gerechtsjournalist Pieter Huyberechts aanstaren vanaf zijn bureau. Een jaar later was nog altijd onduidelijk wat er precies gebeurd was tijdens die fatale doop in december 2018 van de elitaire en beruchte studentenclub Reuzegom uit Leuven. Ondertussen verdwenen de achttien Reuzegommers die de doop hadden geleid van de aardbol – zich verschuilend achter hun advocaten. Voor Huyberechts hét sein dat de zaak stonk. Hij besloot zich vast te bijten in de kwestie.

  1. Wat hadden de achttien jongens te verbergen?
  2. Waarom lieten ze Sanda Dia twee uur voor dood liggen in plaats van alarm te slaan?
  3. Was er sprake van racisme, vanuit de witte eliteclub?
  4. En vooral: wie was die jongen uit Edegem, Sanda Dia?
  5. Voor het eerst doorbreken vele betrokkenen de stilte: de familie en vrienden van Sanda Dia, de rector van de KU Leuven en meerdere Reuzegommers.

Pieter Huyberechts (1985) werkt al meer dan tien jaar als misdaadreporter voor Het Nieuwsblad. In de podcast Stemmen van Assisen neemt hij samen met collega Cedric Lagast grote en kleine rechtszaken onder de loep.

Met dit boek wil Huyberechts voor eens en voor altijd uitspitten wat niet uitgespit mag worden.

Het boekje geeft een volledig beeld.
Het raakt diep.

Het doet nadenken over wat men leest.
‘Sanda Dia – De doop die leidde tot de dood’

270 pagina’s  € 23,50

ISBN: 9789493168947

Pieter Huybrechts’ book “Sanda Dia: De doop die leidde tot de dood” (translated as “Sanda Dia: The baptism that led to death”) is a non-fiction book that focuses on the death of a Belgian student named Sanda Dia during a hazing ritual in December 2018. The book investigates the events that led to his death and sheds light on the culture of hazing in Belgian student organizations. Some of the key points in the book include:

  1. Sanda Dia’s background: The book provides an overview of Sanda Dia’s background, including his upbringing and academic achievements. It also explores his decision to join the student organization, Reuzegom.

  2. Hazing rituals: The book describes the hazing rituals that Sanda Dia and other students were subjected to as part of their initiation into Reuzegom. These rituals included drinking large amounts of alcohol, physical and mental abuse, and extreme humiliation.

  3. Sanda Dia’s death: The book details the events that led to Sanda Dia’s death, including the extreme hazing rituals he was subjected to and the delay in getting him medical attention. It also explores the actions of those involved in the hazing and their attempts to cover up their involvement.

  4. Investigation and legal proceedings: The book discusses the investigation that followed Sanda Dia’s death, including the charges brought against those involved in the hazing. It also examines the response of the university and wider society to the incident.

  5. Cultural context: The book provides a broader cultural context for the incident, exploring the history and prevalence of hazing in Belgian student organizations. It also considers the wider societal factors that contribute to a culture of hazing and the challenges in addressing the issue.

Overall, “Sanda Dia: De doop die leidde tot de dood” is an in-depth exploration of the tragic death of Sanda Dia and the broader societal issues that underpin hazing in Belgian student organizations.

Hazing is an activity which some groups require for you to join them. These activates usually in some way humiliate, degrade, or injure you (physically or emotionally.) Hazing occurs in multiple places- -Fraternities or sororities -Athletic groups -Social groups -Military groups And many more social or professional organizations.

The case Sanda Dia in the video underneath starts at minute 2’10”

The video is well done, dignified and with a lot of accurate details.

1 Sanda Dia: Was He Murdered by His Fraternity?

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20 sep. 2020

In this video, we discuss the Belgian case of Sanda Dia.


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2 VRT | Terzake – 4 augustus 2020

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7 sep. 2020

01:17 De (on-)rechtvaardige rector?
18:37 Lokale contactopsporing: go, maar geen geld? 
35:10 Zware explosie in Beiroet December 2018. 
Een ronduit driest en degoutant doopritueel wordt een twintigjarige ingenieursstudent fataal. Nu details over de feiten bovendrijven, pleiten meer dan twintig professoren en medewerkers van de Leuvense universiteit voor hardere tuchtsancties tegen de betrokken (ex-)studenten van Reuzegom. Een reconstructie door Bram Vandeputte. Rector Luc Sels reageert bij Annelies aan tafel. Laat, ’t is nooit te laat. Het is stilaan een klassieker in het Errerahuis. Met bijzonder bittere bijklank. Nadat het Agentschap Zorg en Gezondheid en bevoegd minister Wouter Beke (CD&V) de boot halsstarrig afhielden, mogen lokale besturen nu dan toch voor eigen rekening varen in de contactopsporing. Letterlijk, want wie autonoom wil speuren, moet blijkbaar zelf betalen. Tekst en uitleg door Dirk De Wolf, administrateur-generaal van het agentschap. Bron:…

What is Hazing Hazing is the creation of an environment in which dignity and respect are absent

What is Hazing?

Hazing is the creation of an environment in which dignity and respect are absent.

Student dies after downing oil and sitting naked in forest for uni initiation – News Live


10 dec. 2018

Student dies after downing oil and sitting naked in forest for uni initiation – News Live Hospitals,Education,Blood pressure,Heart attack,Heart disease,Politics…  
A student died downing pints of salty fish oil and sitting naked in a forest for a bizarre Bullingdon Club-style initiation.  Sanda Dia, 20, died from a heart attack which  doctors believe was brought on by salt poisoning in the incident near the town of Vorselaar in northern Belgium’s Antwerp province.  Mr Dia collapsed during the initiation ceremony for the notorious ‘Reuzegom’ club for wealthy students at the University of Leuven.  .  It attracted controversy five years ago when freshers were forced to shoot a piglet with a rifle and slaughter a rabbit as part of their initiation.  He was taken by his fellow students to a hospital in the town of Malle where doctors found his body temperature had plummeted to just 28 Celsius – nearly 10 degrees below the normal 37 Celsius.  Mr Dia was with a group of 20 other students who had spent several days in a log cabin in the forest under the instruction of senior members of the club.  After drinking large quantities of fish oil they were told to strip off and sit naked in the freezing forest where water was poured over them. Mr Dia and two fellow freshers soon began to feel unwell.  Prosecutor Kristof Aerts said: “The organisers themselves brought him to the hospital in Malle, where his condition rapidly declined. The student was then brought to the Edegem University Hospital.”  Mr Dia slipped into a coma and died after suffering a heart attack. The two other freshmen survived the ordeal but are still being treated in hospital.  Local media quoted an unnamed source as saying: “His body temperature was only 28 degrees and his salt concentration was abnormally high. The doctor said that he had never seen anything like it.”    Police are investigating Mr Dia’s death and are awaiting the findings of an autopsy to see if they confirm doctors’ suspicions of a link with the fish oil.  Toxicologist Jan Tytgat said the consumption of large quantities of salt, which is found in fish oil, can be life-threatening.  He said: “With salt intoxication, the heart is the first to be affected. It has to beat harder, the blood pressure is rising. That can lead to cardiac arrhythmia or a cardiac arrest.”  Mr Dia’s family are urging prosecutors to charge those responsible but they fear that some might get away with it due to their wealth and family connections.  A family member said: “This story should not be covered up. We have a right to full transparency. It should not be so that just because they come from well-off families the case is not fully investigated.”   
Boy, 16, accused of raping and murdering 14-year-old girl will NOT give evidence   Police have so far questioned 15 students about the incident. No arrests have yet been made but the investigation is ongoing.  The Bullingdon Club is an exclusive all-male dining club at Oxford University, noted for its wealthy members, boisterous rituals and destructive behaviour.  Some members have gone on to become part of Britain’s political establishment.

All 18 accused in hazing death of student Sanda Dia sent for trial

Thursday, 5 August 2021

All 18 members of the private student club Reuzegom at the university of Leuven who were linked to the hazing of 20-year-old Sanda Dia which led to his death in 2018.

The club was known to be one of the most exclusive on the university campus, and the members allowed themselves to subject prospective members to rituals that involved beating, extreme torture including drinking fish sauce and excessive amounts of alcohol, and physical treatment including sitting in freezing water for hours and being urinated on.

As a result of that treatment, Sanda passed out, and after much delay, the organisers of the ritual decided to take him to hospital. However instead of calling emergency service on the spot, they took him themselves first to one hospital which had no A&E facility, and then to another.

Sanda died later in hospital, from a combination of hypothermia and acute intoxication complicated by the fact of having drunk a large quantity of highly salty fish sauce.

Since the events took place, the university has taken a varying level of action. Some students were suspended and were unable to complete their degrees; others were suspended and could pick up later as normal. The Reuzegom club was officially disbanded.

Now all 18 members associated with the events of 2018 are to be sent before a court to face charges. But the process is only just beginning.

The good news for supporters of Sanda’s family is that the prosecution appears to be taking a view of ‘art and part’ on the question of culpability: namely, all of those who were associated with an event are equally and separately responsible for the outcome.

In other words, there is no distinction between ringleaders and followers: all who took part are equally culpable.

That effectively cuts off from the defence the argument that their boy (the accused are all boys, now young men) was only a bystander. All were acting in concert, the prosecution maintains, according to what was clearly a pre-programmed pattern of events.

For example, while it may be usual to organise a student event with large amounts of alcohol, the provision of a large quantity of fish sauce is not at all common.

The family of Sanda, following a number of disappointing decisions in the interim, were not in court in Hasselt to hear the decision. However, according to De Standaard, they have expressed satisfaction, and now look forward to the next step in the proceedings, currently expected for the spring of 2022.

The Brussels Times

Republic Act No. 8049
defines hazing as

“an initiation rite … for admission into membership in a fraternity, sorority or organization” that involves placing neophytes in “embarrassing or humiliating situations” or subjecting them to “physical or psychological suffering or injury.”


American English to play tricks on a new student or to make them do silly or dangerous things, as part of joining the school or a club at the school

 – hazing noun [uncountable]

bizarre hazing rituals

Longman Dictionary

3 Kritiek op KU Leuven na dood Sanda Dia | Terzake

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5 aug. 2020

Een taakstraf en een paper. De verontwaardiging is groot over de straf die de KU Leuven heeft opgelegd aan leden van Reuzegom. Eind 2018 stierf Sanda Dia na een doop van de studentenclub. Nu meer details over de zaak bekend zijn, vinden vrienden van Sanda en enkele proffen dat de universiteit strenger had moeten optreden. Een reportage van Bram Vandeputte en Sofie Gebruers voor Terzake (4 augustus 2020)

4 Reuzegom: de ideologie van de elite

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Het racisme en seksisme van een studentenclub als Reuzegom komt niet uit de lucht vallen, maar maakt deel uit van een elitaire ideologie. Lola zoekt in deze video uit hoe dat precies zit.

Hazing is
any activity expected of someone
joining or participating in a group that
humiliates, degrades, abuses, or endangers
them regardless of a person’s willingness to paticipate

Objectives. Define hazing and explain why it is a form of bullying. Describe consequences of hazing. Explain ways to prevent or stop hazing. Violence & Injury Prevention: Lesson 12. What is Hazing Hazing is a type of bullying. Hazing is any humiliating or dangerous activity expected in order to join a group. When people haze, they exert power or influence over others. Those being hazed agree because they want to be part of the group. This ‘sand timer’ will start on a mouse click anywhere on the slide. The ‘sand’ will drain from the top section to the lower section and when completed will show the word ‘End’. To change the timings of this timer, you need to enter the animation settings, and change the timings for the Isosceles Triangles. There will be 2 that need changing (to the same amount) – one animates the top triangle emptying, whilst the other animates the bottom triangle filling. When you change the timings these have to entered as a number of seconds.

5 Sanda Dia ( deel 1 )

Live gestreamd op 2 okt. 2020

– Wat vinden jullie van doop-/schacht rituelen in het algemeen?
– Vinden jullie dat de ban op zulke rituelen gerechtvaardigd is?
– Welke bedenkingen hebben jullie bij de zaak over integratie en assimilatie? – Vinden jullie dat deze zaak goed werd aangepakt door het systeem? Openbare aanklager/politie…
In deze live panel bespreken we het tragische verhaal van Sanda Dia. Je kan actief deelnemen met dit panelgesprek in de live chat.

6 Unheard with Gigi – Sanda Dia – Deel 2

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Wat vinden jullie van doop-/schacht rituelen in het algemeen? – Vinden jullie dat de ban op zulke rituelen gerechtvaardigd is? – Welke bedenkingen hebben jullie bij de zaak over integratie en assimilatie? – Vinden jullie dat deze zaak goed werd aangepakt door het systeem? Openbare aanklager/politie… 
In deze live panel bespreken we het tragische verhaal van Sanda Dia. Je kan actief deelnemen met dit panelgesprek in de live chat.

7 Inside the toxic culture of college hazing | 60 Minutes Australia

24 jul. 2020

Full Episodes: | F for fail (2018)
To the outside world they are highly respected, prestigious institutions committed to supporting young Australians as they embark on their journey through tertiary education. But behind the closed doors of many university residential colleges lurks a very different story of degrading initiation rituals and shocking sexual assaults.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producers: Alice Dalley, Gareth Harvey

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Hazing lead to death

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Trial resumes

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