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NUS releases recommendations on students guilty of sexual misconduct, and how to deal with them

Wednesday, May 15— The Review Committee of National University of Singapore (NUS) has released their recommendations on how they plan to deal with Peeping Toms caught on the university grounds.

The damage control was detailed in an email circulated to the alumni, assuring tougher penalties and sanctions for offences involving sexual misconduct on campus.

We’ve outlined the main points proposed in the email below:

  1. 1-year suspension of the convicted student
  2. Student may face expulsion, based on severity of the offence
  3. Certificate of Rehabilitation by a counsellor or a medical professional must be presented before he/she can resume their tenure
  4. A ‘black mark‘ or notation on their transcript

The ‘black mark’ on the student’s transcript shall only remain for a temporary period after graduation, unlike a criminal record. However, it is similar to a criminal record whereby it will be disclosed to future employment and internships. Possibly ruining a future or two. 

According to the email, which was received by staff and students alike,

“There is a clear need to recalibrate the sanctions framework and toughen the penalties for sexual misconduct to serve as a strong deterrent, and to reflect the severity of the offences,”

Better Post-Trauma measures

The Review Committee has also unveiled a new Care Unit for victims of sexual misconduct, which will be staffed by ‘trained and experienced care officers’. The aim of this unit is to provide the necessary support to victims until their mental state and quality of life returns.

According to the email, the Committee has also encouraged more feedback from both the public and the student body, holding more engagement sessions in the weeks to come. These suggestions will then be collected and analysed by the appointment of an independent research consultancy— as to protect the students’ anonymity and propagate fairness.

The NUS Review Committee was formed amidst the media flurry that surrounded 24-year old Monica Baey’s Peeping Tom case, the growing frustration at the actions taken against sexual misconduct cases and lastly, the impunity of the perpetrator’s verdict.

Only time will tell at how effective these measures are at deterring future cases and providing the proper mental and emotional rehabilitation to victims of such cases.

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