NUS: Planned activities must be endorsed
ANY behaviour or activity that "denigrates the dignity" of individuals or has sexual connotations is not condoned by the National University of Singapore,
a spokesman said yesterday.
Students, particularly freshmen, "must feel safe
and secure at all times"
"If they decide to opt out
of an activity, their wishes
must be respected," added the spokesman in a statement.
Investigations are under way and disciplinary action will be taken against those responsible.
Every year, the university's Office of Student Affairs conducts sessions with students involved in organising and leading orientation activities.
They may be from the
NUS Students' Union and
other clubs and committees.
The Office of Student Affairs will run through the do's and don'ts, and activities that are banned, said the spokesman.
The proposed activities
then have to be endorsed by
relevant supervisors, such as hall masters and vice-deans.
From early this year, extra steps were also taken to "ensure the acceptability of planned orientation activities",
said the NUS spokesman.
"We are very disappointed that despite these efforts, instances of offensive and completely inappropriate orientation activities that
were not submitted nor
endorsed have surfaced."
Students who have queries on orientation can e-mail the
NUS Office of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org
on a strictly confidential basis.