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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.

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Re: NUS Students' Union FOC2016 [Disgraceful + Disgusting]
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2018, 03:00:37 PM »
NUS students investigated for stripping at Siloso Beach
Incident reportedly occurred during unofficial orientation outing in Sentosa
David Sun, Cheow Sue-ann | Jun 21, 2018

Two years after sexualised orientation games at the National University of Singapore (NUS) sparked a public furore, some of its students may find themselves in hot water again, this time by allegedly stripping naked.

The incident occurred during an unofficial orientation outing to Sentosa earlier this month when some seniors and freshmen took off their clothes in the sea while playing a game.

NUS told The New Paper that it is now investigating the students for inappropriate behaviour.

TNP understands that about 50 students had taken part in the outing at Siloso Beach on June 4.

After participating in Camp Blue Blood, an orientation camp organised by Kent Ridge Hall on June 2 and 3, they were invited for the June 4 outing and told not to wear anything that would identify them as NUS students.

In one of the games, the eight groups from the orientation camp competed to form the longest line using articles of clothing.

Several male students, including freshmen, allegedly stripped naked in the water and tossed their clothes to the beach.

    "...(the girls) felt pressured to (take off their clothes) after seniors and some freshmen called for more pieces of clothing."
    A female participant who requested anonymity

One female participant told TNP that a female senior from her group also tossed her top and bra to the beach while shielding her chest with a hand.

She said the woman's action shocked even some male students, but she just "laughed it off".

"Initially, the girls were told they did not have to take off anything if they were not comfortable, but they felt pressured to do so after some seniors and freshmen called for more pieces of clothing in their attempts to win," said the female participant, who declined to be named.

Several women subsequently took off their tops while in the water.

Other participants told TNP that many students, including men, were shocked and uncomfortable.

One of them said they were glad when a group facilitator "had the sense" to step in.

"He told us to stop as some people had gone too far by stripping naked."

Criminal lawyer Ravinderpal Singh of Kalco Law said that any kind of public nudity that is visible to other people is illegal.

He said: "The law does not differ whether the nudity occurs on land or water, as long as it is visible or seen by the public."

NUS said that it was unaware of the incident because no beach activity was declared as part of the orientation camp.

"The university takes a serious view of offensive and inappropriate behaviour by any of our students," its spokesman said in a statement.

"Based on our initial checks with the students involved, they stopped the game when some students behaved inappropriately.

"The university does not condone any behaviour or activity that denigrates the dignity of individuals.

"We are carrying out a thorough investigation into the matter and strong disciplinary action will be taken against those found responsible."

Orientation organisers from Kent Ridge Hall declined to comment.

In 2016, TNP reported on orientation activities that involved sexual chants and re-enactment of a rape.

NUS also received similar complaints in 2006, 2008 and 2014.

The university later implemented a new framework to stop activities with "negative features" from its freshman orientation camps.