No need to suspend all programmes while investigations are being done

I am disappointed by the National University of Singapore's decision to stop all orientation activities after some inappropriate ones were carried out ("NUS suspends all orientation activities"; July 30).

Errant students are the minority, and by stopping all activities, it's unfair to the majority who abide by the rules.

It's unfair to let a few black sheep waste the efforts of other orientation group leaders. Most of the volunteers have put in lots of effort to prepare quality programmes that are beneficial to the freshmen.

We should not condemn the entire programme before a thorough investigation is done. Banning the whole programme would not solve the root of the problem.

A more practical solution would be to carry out investigations while simultaneously cooperating with student volunteers in ensuring programmes which meet the moral standards continue to run.

Effective communication between the student body and school leaders is the key to solving the problem.

A fair verdict needs to be given to the student body. Results of the findings should be published to ensure punishments are fair, and that the innocent are fairly treated and reputations are not damaged.

While it is sad that a few errant students have abused the trust given to them, we should not let a few black sheep affect the whole school.

Quek Wei Kang