From September, students in Wageningen will not be able to sign up for a programme at the university whenever they like. Government regulations will stipulate that the university has to limit admissions to two times a year: in September and February.
If the university does not tighten up its flexible regulations, students who take a longer time to graduate would wait till after 1 October and then sign up en masse in order to escape the fine. 'Firstly, that would be fraud; secondly, the university would lose out on a big chunk of money,' adds Appelman.
The student council accepts the fact that the university has to adjust its regulation, but is sorry to see flexibility being removed in this way. Appelman: 'Students who have planned to sign out for two or three months - perhaps they have even booked a ticket for a long trip - would have to change their plans now.'