SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore (NUS) has set up a committee to review freshman orientation activities after suspending them in late July following reports of inappropriate activities.
In a post on its website on Wednesday (Sep 21), the university said the 14-member Orientation Review Committee was set up by the Office of the Provost in late August. It comprises representatives from the student body, faculty, as well as alumni, and is chaired by Professor Tan Tai Yong, Executive Vice-President (Academic Affairs) of Yale-NUS College.
The committee aims to submit a final report to university management by mid-October following meetings with students and faculty, NUS said.
According to NUS, the review committee has been asked to provide recommendations on:
- Key principles of freshman orientation, with reference to the university's code of student conduct;
- Measures that would enable students, particularly student leaders, to understand and embrace these principles and build a positive and respectful culture;
- New approaches to freshman orientation at NUS;
- Whether there are aspects of past orientations that should be preserved;
- Checks against unacceptable student behaviour in orientation activities; and
- Safeguards for students inadvertently placed in potentially vulnerable situations.
NUS said the committee has held three meetings with student representatives from NUS Science, NUS Business School and Halls of Residents in the last month.
The meetings have been "lively and productive", and students have shared "candid views", the university said, adding that there has been "overwhelming agreement so far that orientation programmes should make freshmen feel welcomed".
The university also called on members of the public who have feedback or suggestions on freshman orientation at NUS to email the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.