NUS Students' Union apologises, stresses student welfare a top priority
The students' union of the National University of Singapore (NUS) has apologised to freshmen who had to go through sexualised activities at its orientation camps.
In a statement posted on its Facebook page yesterday, the NUS Students' Union (Nussu) described these activities as "indecent, reprehensible and not condoned".
It reiterated that such activities were not endorsed by it or any of its constituent bodies and added that it was helping the university with investigations.
NUS had suspended all orientation activities last week, following a report in The New Paper on the increasingly sexualised games, some of which involved the simulation of rape scenes, at orientation camps.
In its post, Nussu said it had not been consulted on the suspension.
The "hard work of our organising committees and volunteers should not have been sacrificed" because of the errant behaviour of some students, it said.
It had also received reports of NUS students being called names and harassed by members of the public based on the incidents.
It said the "inappropriate behaviour of a few errant students" at the orientation camps was "not an accurate and conclusive representation of the entire NUS undergraduate population of over 28,000".
It added: "The Union would like to seek the public's understanding and we sincerely appeal to you to refrain from extending such treatment to our students."
It stressed that student welfare remains its top priority, and said that it would work with faculty and non-faculty clubs to see how it could still welcome the freshmen.