NUS must examine its SOP before blaming students

It seems that the National University of Singapore is putting the blame for "sexualised" orientation activities on the student organisers instead of taking professional responsibility for an oversight or lapse in supervision ("NUS suspends all orientation activities"; July 30).

The student organisers conducting the orientation camps should be properly advised from time to time. University personnel should be assigned to each camp to supervise and ensure full compliance with the standard operating procedures.

After all, the duty of upholding the image of the university is the duty of not only students but also the staff.

Cancelling all orientation camps is an overreaction and an uncalled-for knee-jerk reaction. The hours spent planning and the resources put in place have gone to waste, and there is unhappiness on the ground.

The camps should proceed as planned, but there must be university personnel assigned to ensure that the welfare, modesty and dignity of participants are protected.

Moving forward, all orientation game plans, including forfeits, should be submitted to the university management for approval, and they must abide by guidelines and regulations, including compliance with safety, risk assessment management and physical intimacy or space.

A supervising officer, who is a member of the university staff, should be appointed to advise the students.

The university should not push the blame to the students without first reflecting on its operating procedures.

Delane Lim