SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore’s Students’ Union (NUSSU) apologised on Sunday (Jul 31) for the “indecent, reprehensible and not condoned” sexualised activities carried out at orientation camps.
“We would like to sincerely apologise to the freshmen who have been placed into those uncomfortable situations during informal icebreaker games, which were played within their own respective orientation groups,” the union said in a Facebook post.
This is the first official statement from the union since the activities came to light.
NUSSU said the “inappropriate activities” were not endorsed by them, constituent clubs or the orientation organising committees. It also emphasized that the behaviour of the students involved “are not and should not be seen as a proper representation of the moral integrity and mannerism of National University of Singapore undergraduate students and the general nature of the activities organised by our students”.
The activities came to light after The New Paper reported that freshmen were asked questions which touched on taboo subjects, such as what bodily fluids they like to consume, and some were asked to re-enact a rape scene.
On Friday, NUS said it wassuspending all student-organised freshmen activities.
The union said it has taken immediate action following the spate of media reports on the incidents, and called for emergency meetings to discuss their concerns. It added that it is also assisting with investigations.
“The Organising Committee of Union Camp 2016 had their camp proposals subjected to strict and thorough scrutiny by the school prior to the camp. Therefore, the aforementioned activities clearly fell outside of the scope of activities that the organising committee had in mind. The NUS Students’ Union is currently working closely with the NUS to determine the exact details of these activities, and is assisting with the ongoing investigations,” the union said.
NUSSU added that it has received several reports of harassment and appealed to the public to “refrain from extending such treatment” to NUS students.
“The Union has received several reports of harassment – i.e. name-calling, singling out in derogatory language etc. – by some members of the public. Once again, we would like to emphasise that the inappropriate behaviour of a few errant students involved in the reported camp incidences is not an accurate and conclusive representation of the entire NUS undergraduate population of over 28,000.”