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Re: NUS Students' Union FOC2016 [Disgraceful + Disgusting]
« Reply #15 on: April 08, 2017, 04:44:39 PM »
No place for ‘ragging’: Hong Kong University punishes 23 students over recent acts of bullying
Saturday, 08 April, 2017 | Shirley Zhao

Three students from University of Hong Kong’s St John’s College residential hall have been expelled, 19 have been suspended and one other has been issued a warning over a recent act of bullying.

The announcement, which was posted on the college’s Facebook page on Saturday, came after two bullying claims involving HKU students surfaced in just four days.

One of the instances, at St John’s, saw a hall council election candidate quit the race amid claims he was being bullied. He said in a Facebook post, which has now been deleted, that “one election candidate” had wax poured over his lower body by a group of more than 20 people.

University of Hong Kong investigates second bullying case after video went viral

In the second incident, a man wearing a maroon hoodie with the words “Chemistry” and “HKU” printed on it was seen in a viral video using his genitalia to hit against the head of another man, who was held down by at least two other males. Internet users suggested the video was taken in the Simon K.Y. Lee residential hall.

In the announcement, St John’s dean Dr Wong Kwok-chun, said the hall had also issued a warning letter to another student that had taken part in the bullying, meaning a total of 23 students were punished for the wax-pouring incident on March 21.

Wong said these students were from different floors and of different seniority.

“Such actions, whether done under the pretext of ‘sub-culture’ or ‘tradition’, were unacceptable,” he said.

“Ragging, under whatever pretext or in any manner, has no place in [the hall]. No ragging will be tolerated, and any violation will result in termination of residence.”

In the student association’s response, also posted on the same Facebook page on Saturday, the union said all students in the hall had agreed that all forms of ragging must be prohibited.

Our immature university students need counselling ... and punishment

“The notion that ragging forms part of the ‘tradition’ or ‘sub-culture’ of the college is wrong and should not be adhered to,” the union said.

“We hereby sincerely apologise to the public for the unbecoming and irresponsible behaviour of our fellow students in the incident, which has disgraced the college and the university, and has caused unnecessary public concern.”

The student association of Simon K.Y. Lee Hall had earlier said the warden, hall tutors and the union had found the related conduct “raised no concern about bullying”.

The union also denied the incident had anything to do with hall traditions.

The students involved in the incident had been suspended from the hall until a university investigation was completed, the union added.