How an undergrad challenged NUS' policy on sexual misconduct

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Penalties for criminal offences are typically based on four key principles: deterrence, retribution, prevention and rehabilitation.

Deterrence prevents a crime from happening again (or reduces the chance of such occurrence) by instilling fear of the consequences; retribution is based on the principle that the punishment should reflect the degree of harm the offender caused and the extent of culpability; prevention is the idea of putting an offender behind bars so he or she can't harm other victims; and rehabilitation gives an offender a chance at turning over a new leaf.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2019, with the headline 'How an undergrad challenged NUS' policy on sexual misconduct'. Print Edition | Subscribe