Relationship agreement

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Relationship contracts regulate the relationship between student associations or their umbrella organizations. A distinction is made between relationships of ideas, friendship, cartel and tradition as well as, apart from that, crap relationships , which only concern the willingness to agree on determinations with one another and say little about the expectation of friendly accommodation. The circles in the KSCV are related, but much less binding .

Different types of relationships


The conceptual relationship is intended to initiate a relationship of friendship. Connections that are reluctant to enter into relationships enter into an imaginary relationship with another connection for a few years before they are ready for a friendship contract. Here in the KSCV a distinction is made between official and unofficial conceptual relationships. Corps outside Germany and Austria can be recognized as a whole by entering into a relationship with the KSCV if they recognize the Kösener principles (principle of tolerance and compulsory censorship). Corresponding negotiations, which did not come to a conclusion, already existed in the 1930s with the German-Baltic corps in Riga. This was later the case with the Corps Brandenburgia-Berlin in Cleveland / Ohio (1954) and Teuto-Rugia (1974) in the United States, before his admission to the KSCV in Flanders it applied to Flaminea in Leuven and in the Baltic States to Selonia in Riga , Latvia .

Friendship relationship

In large umbrella organizations in particular, it is common for individual connections to form friendly relationships with several connections at other study locations - definitely in writing with a contract. This gives the active participants the opportunity to get to know other university cities in other geographical regions and broaden their horizons during mutual visits. Many types of connections allow their members to join other connections (usually of the same umbrella organization, preferably friends) after changing their study location. In the case of colored connections, two bands are worn at the same time for life (“two-color brother”, “two-band man” etc.). Some connections generally exclude further memberships.

In some leagues, a formal distinction is also made between the deep friendship that goes beyond this.

Band vest

In the Catholic C / cartel associations it is a widespread custom that so-called friendship bracelets are exchanged between the friendship connections, which are worn by the senior citizens (chairmen) as an outward sign of their office. In the case of particularly old or strongly networked connections, the number of these friendship bracelets can become so large that one speaks of a "ribbon" or "ribbon vest".

Cartel relationship

Cartel coat of arms of the Corps Saxo-Borussia and Marchia Breslau

The cartel relationship goes beyond the friendship relationship. Cartel associations often consider themselves to be one association in different places. However, this unit is rarely carried out consistently: Anyone who changes from a cartel location must formally join there and, if necessary, take up the bond and fight a designated party for this connection. However, he is usually allowed to regard the old men of this association as his own old men, cultivates the fraternal “you” with this union, often has the right to sit and speak (but usually not the right to vote) at the convent.

The cartel idea is usually much more pronounced in denominational, non-striking associations: In the largest umbrella association of Catholic associations, the Cartel Association of Catholic German Student Associations (CV), every association is automatically in a cartel relationship with every other; Here, the salutation by "you" applies throughout the association and an association member is obliged to actively report to a member association there (if any) when changing the university location. The corresponding status is called Temporary Member or, in the Austrian Cartel Association (ÖCV), Traffic Active ; after granting permanent membership, the member becomes the band owner .

The cartel has also been consistently implemented within the VVDSt . There is only one VDSt per university or university town in the association. Every member of the association, regardless of which city they are active in, is a federal brother and, if they want to change universities, they are automatically transferred to the local VDSt with full rights, if there is one.

The same applies to the UV, which is not an association of independent associations, but a unitary association with a common constitution for all active associations. All clubs therefore have the designation “Unitas” in front of their proper name and as the common colors since 1863 blue-white-gold, sometimes in different order. Every association member, regardless of the city in which they are active, is a federal brother or sister and, if they change university, automatically becomes a member of the association there with full rights and becomes a member according to their gender. If there are several clubs at the university, the active person can choose which male or female club he or she is active in.

Occasionally, non-cancellable cartel agreements are also concluded. These particularly narrow cartels are also referred to as iron .

While friendship agreements are usually concluded bilaterally, cartels also have multilateral agreements, such as the South German Cartel in the Kösener Seniors Convents Association (KSCV), the same name between six free fraternities and the Blue Cartel and the White Cartel in the Weinheim Seniors Convent ( WSC).

Cartel agreements between umbrella associations are rare, but still exist: for example, the cartel agreement between the WSC and the KSCV from 1955, which regulates that both umbrella associations take on certain association tasks and the association allows taping of tapes from the other association without exception. The CV and the ÖCV have also been linked by a cartel contract since 1961; it says the general Du-Comment between active members of both associations and the extension of traffic active regulation to Germany and Austria.

There is an extraordinary cartel relationship between the Landsmannschaft Darmstadtia Gießen in the CC and the Gießener Burschenschaft Germania in the ADB .

Traditional relationship

A traditional relationship is about maintaining a tradition through one or more groups. Only a few student associations know traditional relationships, the respective practice is very different.

There is a tradition of expelled corps from the same SC, for example for Halle and Jena, or a tradition in the event of a change of location (for example at SC Innsbruck and Augsburg). It is more common for one corps to maintain the tradition of another, for example as part of a merger. What kind of tradition is to be maintained is a matter of agreement. Usually it means taking over and preserving the archive and important items. Often times, members of the living corps are allowed or advised to fence on the tape of the inducted corps. This is common when the senior partner is strong enough not to compromise on their own characteristics.

In the Wingolfsbund it is common for active Wingolf connections to take over and possibly continue the tradition of adjourned Wingolf connections. Most of the time, the archive and couleur objects change to the place of the so-called traditional connection . The traditional association becomes the meeting point for the members of the adjourned association ( Philistines ). Restructuring of postponed connections often, but not always, started from traditional connections.


After the life of the association has been consolidated in an umbrella organization , internal structures often begin to form. The solid, friendly relationships of connections in different university cities that have been common since ancient times are slowly forming into solid and unofficial circles that begin to develop political significance for the association. The main thing is to be able to better assert your own views in association with the district members. This policy expanded even later, and it became customary to choose friends only from within the respective circle and to break off other relationships.

Ratio break

All kinds of relationships can also be broken. The declaration was and is mostly sent as a short telegram . Relationship breaks were particularly common in the early days and in the German Empire , often for no reason, and were then regularly sealed with one or even two PP suites, i.e. all active members of one group fought under difficult conditions with all active members of the other association. In the KSCV, for example, fractions of relations have had serious effects on district politics, for example, the break in the cartel between the Corps Lusatia Leipzig and Teutonia Marburg before the First World War broke the so-called Golden Cartel , as the core cartel of the Blue Circle, with which the Blue Circle rudimentarily broke up was split.

Relationships according to umbrella organizations


Weinheim Senior Citizens' Convention


The following associations exist among fraternities:

The Allgemeine Deutsche Burschenbund (ADB) is another association without a contract . The ADB fraternities are committed to the traditions of the association, which was not re-established after the Second World War . In the ADB there are fraternities of the DB, the NeuenDB, the general German fraternity and non-union fraternities. These are the Germania Bonn , the Alemannia Cologne, the Suevia-Leipzig Cologne, the Rugia Darmstadt , the Ghibellinia-Leipzig Hanover, the Normannia Heidelberg , the Plessavia Leipzig, the Rote Löwe Leipzig, the Ghibellinia Karlsruhe and the Arminia-Gothia Braunschweig. Apart from a joint event around November 11th and the special friendly relationship, there is no further cooperation between the groups.

Coburg Convent

In the CC there are the following relationship contracts, which initially consisted of only two country teams or gymnastics associations and in some cases played a significant role in the creation of the numerous predecessor umbrella organizations of the German country team :


In the Wingolfsbund , relationship agreements are traditionally referred to as "conventions". With one exception, they represent regional associations of Wingolf associations.

  • The Diezer Convention is the oldest convention in Wingolf and was founded as the Limburg Convention in 1878 by the Bonner Wingolf , Marburger Wingolf , Gießener Wingolf and Heidelberg Wingolf . From 1890 to 1932 the meetings took place every two years in Diez . In 1990 the Diez Convention was renewed as a cartel aimed at the content of the collapse of corporate principles. The Diezer Convention now includes: Giessener, Bonner and Marburger Wingolf (as donor associations), as well as from 1991 the Kieler Wingolf and the Wingolf association Chattia zu Würzburg.
  • The Gernsbach Convention as a regional amalgamation of the Southwest German and later South German Wingolfs connections. Going back to a memorial festival for Jakob August Eisenlohr (1822–1890), a meeting has been held in Gernsbach every two years since 1892 . The Gernsbach people include the Wingolf connections in Darmstadt, Freiburg , Heidelberg , Stuttgart, Tübingen , Hohenheim, Karlsruhe, Frankfurt and, after the Second World War, Mainz, Mannheim and Munich (since 2005).
  • The North German Convention as a regional union of the North German Wingolfs connections. In 1962, the North German Convention (NDK) was founded as an association of the North German Wingolf connections as a counterpart to the convention of the Southwest German Wingolf connections. Founding members were the Göttinger Wingolf , the Hannoversche Wingolf, the Hamburger Wingolf, the Kieler Wingolf and the Clausthaler Wingolf "Catena". Today the convention is suspended.


In CV there on unofficial way circle formations. These are also loose and informal associations of Catholic student associations with the same orientation and tradition within the cartel, which may also include associations in the ÖCV and the Schw. StV . Examples are:

KV and ÖKV

In KV , for example:


In the Swiss Student Association (Schw.-StV) there is an official group formation. For example:


In the ÖPR there is u. a the green-white-red cartel. It consists of the pcB! Arminia Graz, the pcB! Markomannia Leoben and the pcB! Allemannia Marburg zu Graz


In the SB there is the Cartell Christian Burschenschaften im Schwarzburgbund (CCB im SB) as an association of interests of several federal associations of the Schwarzburgbund, which developed from the Convent Bayerischer Burschenschaften (CBB).

Its members are the fraternities Teutonia Nürnberg, Ostmark-Breslau zu Regensburg, Rheno-Germania Bonn, the Leipzig fraternity Alemannia zu Bamberg (free of association) and the fraternity Alemannia Leipzig (free of association).

The stated goals of the CBB in the SB were: Strengthening the fraternity profile in public, reviving tradition and comment, joint determination of position in the public, intensifying cooperation.

However, the CCB in the SB is only an association of interests of federal associations (here: fraternities) of the Schwarzburgbund. It is not a member of the Schwarzburgbund, since only active connections and philistine associations (old gentlemen's associations) can acquire membership in the SB. (cf. § 2 (1) essence, principles, § 3 (1) membership, statutes of the Schwarzburgbund (SB) e.V. in the version of May 21, 1972, last amended on June 10, 2000)


  • RG Weber: The German Student Corps in the Third Reich. Springer, January 28, 1986, p. 23f
  • Wilhelm Fabricius: The German Corps: A historical representation of the development of the student liaison system in Germany up to 1815, the Corps up to the present. 1926, p. 448

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