NUS on Alvin Tan sex scandal: We adopt a ‘rigorous’ process in the selection of scholarship recipients
Posted by temasektimes on October 17, 2012
An ASEAN scholar and law undergraduate, Alvin Tan courted controversy by posting photos and videos of him having sex with his girlfriend on his blog which earns the ire of many netizens.
In a terse statement released today, NUS said Alvin Tan has been served a notice of Board of Discipline (BOD) inquiry, and the board will look into the matter and take appropriate disciplinary actions.
A spokesman of NUS said that Tan is currently on a Leave of Absence and is not receiving scholarship funds. He has also been advised to take down the offensive posts.
NUS said it does not condone posting of offensive content online by any member of the NUS community and any student found in breach of the university’s Code of Student Conduct will be disciplined.
The controversy raised serious questions again about NUS’s selection process of its foreign scholars. However, NUS is adamant that Alvin Tan’s conduct is not a reflection of all their scholars:
“NUS adopts a rigorous process in the selection of scholarship recipients and scholars are selected based on their academic achievements and personal accomplishments.The university takes a serious view of the conduct of the student concerned, but this is not a reflection of all our scholars, most of whom are accomplished students making a meaningful contribution to the NUS community”.
Being a ‘foreign talent’, Alvin Tan will get a slap on his wrist at the most. Six months ago, NUS PRC scholar Sun Xu sparked a massive outcry by making disparaging remarks about Singaporeans on his microblog. He was only ‘counselled’ and asked to serve a few hours of community service to appease the public.