In July, a Facebook post about inappropriate behavior at the National University of Singapore (NUS) freshmen orientation camp surfaced. It became viral quickly, and school officials and the Singapore Ministry of Education investigated.
This month, it was reported that at least 14 undergraduates have been disciplined.
In July, The New Paper reported about how orientation games for freshmen were getting more risque, with one even simulating rape. The report triggered a public outcry.
Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung called some of the risque acts “reprehensible” in a Facebook post on July 27.
Student-organised orientation activities were suspended on July 29, except for several events such as the NUS Students’ Union’s Rag and Flag activities.
This came after a video was posted online showing freshmen being dunked repeatedly in a pond in Sheares Hall. The suspension was gradually lifted from Aug 8.
The matter was later raised in Parliament on Aug 16, when Mr Ong said the inappropriate activities are not widespread, and happen “when staff and faculty are not watching, and when some students decide to deviate from approved plans”.
Read more about it at The Straits Times.