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Scale length in Heidelberg (1925). In the background the spectators.

In the language of the student associations, a spectant (lat. Spectans "looking") is a spectator at a measure who does not perform any function that is necessary to carry out the measure, such as second , testant , referee , tugboat etc.

Especially in the first half of the 19th century , when student fencing was still played as a duel and was subject to high penalties, participation as a spectator, who could be called in as a witness in a possible procedure or punished himself, was tricky.