University claims video of freshies circulating online is not of NUS students

picture credit: TNP

Update: NUS has clarified that the students featured in the video are not NUS students.

The New Paper yesterday (26 Jul) reported about freshmen from the National University of Singapore (NUS) who had to endure lewd orientation acts. The newspaper reported that hundreds of its new students were made to participate in highly sexualised activities in the past two months in the orientation camps.

One student who spoke to The New Paper (TNP) recounted how she was asked whose bodily fluids she would like to drink while another had to watch her fellow students re-enact a rape scene. Students said that they joined the camps to make friends, but were instead peer-pressured to participate in such offensive activities.

A video has now emerged of the kind of lewd games freshies were pressured to participate in.

The group leaders of the orientation games are all senior in the university. The NUS Students’ Union was an organiser of such a game two weeks ago as well.

NUS responded to TNP’s report and said: “We do not condone any behaviour or activity that denigrates the dignity of individuals, and that has sexual connotations. Our students, particularly freshmen, must feel safe and secure at all times during orientation. If they decide to opt out of an activity, their wishes must be respected.”

It further said it was “very disappointed” that despite of its best efforts to eradicate such offensive games, “instances of offensive and completely inappropriate orientation activities that were not submitted nor endorsed have surfaced. We take these reports very seriously, and are carrying out thorough investigations. Strong disciplinary action will be taken against those found responsible.”