If you thought that after repeated warnings and complaints over the years, freshman orientation camps at university would now be proper, you thought wrong.

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is investigating inappropriate student behaviour at one of the university’s freshman orientation camps.

A video which circulated on Instagram last weekend shows a group of male and female freshmen chanting an inappropriate word while gyrating and making some lewd gestures.

The Straits Times understands that it was likely part of cheers written by students.

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Associate Professor Victor Yeo, deputy associate provost for student life at NTU, told ST that the university is investigating the incident.

“Looking at the video, the cheer is not in line with the standards set at NTU, as it runs contrary to the values of safety, respect and inclusiveness which are emphasised in the university’s Transition and Orientation Programme,” said Prof Yeo.

“Any student found to be responsible for allowing, condoning, arranging or participating in such cheers will be counselled and also face disciplinary action,” he added.

Prof Yeo said if students are emotionally affected by the cheer, NTU would reach out to them and give them the support they need.

If you have experienced sexual assault or sexual harassment or are unsure about a sexual encounter, report to the police or call the Sexual Assault Care Centre at 6779 0282 (Monday to Friday, 10am to midnight).

Image: ST Reader
Text: Cheryl Tay / The Straits Times / August 2019