Sexual misconduct on campus: Guidelines and laws overseas

NUS students and staff queueing up to attend a town hall held by the university last Thursday to address concerns over the Peeping Tom incident. Ms Monica Baey, who was filmed in a hall shower, sparked a public outcry over how NUS deals with sexual m
Many NUS undergrads felt that the punishments – a one-semester suspension, a ban from entering Eusoff Hall (above) where the offence took place and mandatory counselling – were too lenient for the perpetrator. ST PHOTO: GIN TAY

Universities in Australia, Britain and Hong Kong have guidelines to deal with sexual misconduct, while US colleges must comply with federal laws to respond to such allegations.

Australian universities last year developed new guidelines for responding to sexual harassment and assault. This followed growing concerns about the issue, including incidents involving abusive initiation rituals at residential colleges.

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