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School suspends Yale-NUS scholar charged with taking upskirt & shower videos of women

The liberal arts college confirmed on Thursday morning that Brandon Lee Bing Xiang has been suspended but did not state for how long

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Brandon Lee Bing Xiang, a student at Yale-NUS college, was charged in court on October 1, 2019 with taking illicit videos of at least four women in Yale-NUS College.

The liberal arts college confirmed on Thursday morning that Brandon Lee Bing Xiang is its student and has been suspended. It did not say for how long he will be suspended.

Charges against the 26-year-old Singaporean student include filming under the skirt of an unidentified woman in a classroom, as well as placing his phone above the shower cubicle door to film a woman while she was showering.

Joanne Roberts, the executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at Yale-NUS College issued a statement on Oct. 3 regarding Lee’s actions.

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“Brandon Lee Bing Xiang, a student at Yale-NUS College, has been charged in court for insulting the modesty of a fellow student,” Professor Joanne Roberts, in response to media queries, the Straits Times reported.

“He was suspended the day after the College was notified about the incident in March 2019”, she added.

Roberts also added that the College has reached out to the affected female student to offer necessary support.

According to a report by Shin Min Daily News, Lee was a national youth bowler who won silver in the team category, and bronze in the doubles category, and represented Singapore in the 2009 Asian Youth Games.

According to a newsletter from Singapore Sports School, Lee had graduated from the Republic Polytechnic-Singapore Sports School Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management programme in 2014 with a GPA of 3.94.

Following this, he accepted the Yale-NUS Dean’s Scholarship (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and entered Yale-NUS College in 2016.

Yale-NUS College’s full statement here:

“Brandon Lee Bing Xiang, a student at Yale-NUS College, has been charged in court for insulting the modesty of a fellow student. He was suspended the day after the College was notified about the incident in March 2019. The College has reached out to the affected female student to render the necessary support. The matter is currently before the courts and it would not be appropriate for the College to comment further on Lee’s case.

The College takes a serious view of allegations of sexual misconduct and has in place an established process to firmly address such matters, as well as support systems to ensure the psychological well-being of our students. When cases of sexual misconduct are formally reported to the College, an investigation will be conducted and disciplinary action meted out where appropriate. Security measures are also in place to protect the safety and well-being of our students on campus.

There are multiple levels of support at Yale-NUS. Students can report sexual misconduct incidents to their Residential College Advisor (RCA), a senior student who provides mentorship, and support for first-year students. Students can also report an incident to their residential college’s Dean’s Fellows, Rectors and Assistant Deans. In addition, there is a full-time staff member in the Dean of Students’ office, whose responsibilities include overseeing these processes and coordinating survivor support.

Affected students can approach any of the residential staff such as the Assistant Deans and Dean’s Fellows, or any of the 25 community members on a support team that has been trained in survivor support skills. They also have access to an on-campus counselling support network which comprises psychologists, Counselling Centre staff and residential staff.” -/TISG

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