If you feel that you are in immediate danger, notify the POLICE by dialling 999. If you are on campus you can call CAMPUS SECURITY at 68280343. If you are not in immediate danger and would like to discuss ways to increase your security on campus, approach Voices@SMU. The team will work with the relevant authorities in school to increase your safety while on campus.
The University will determine if the alleged harasser had broken the code of conduct. If so, the disciplinary team will decide on the appropriate disciplinary action for the accused, according to their guidelines.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT is when an individual uses threats or abusive/ insulting words or behaviours of a sexual nature that is likely to cause distress or alarm to a person. These incidents are usually marked by power imbalance, coercion or predatory behaviour.
If you witness sexual harassment or misconduct, be an active bystander by adopting the 4Ds of DIRECTLY intervening in the situation, DISTRACTING the perpetrator, DELEGATING help to someone and DELAY intervening if unsuitable at the time and check in with the victim after
You should inform the school of the incident and let the victim know that they may approach Voices@SMU if they require support, or to approach the police if they want to report the incident.
If you wish to seek advice, emotional support or lodge an official report with the SCHOOL, you may approach Voices@SMU through the official email firstname.lastname@example.org or request to meet with someone from the team at the Student Services Hub. If you feel that you are in immediate danger on campus, please call the campus security hotline (24 hours) at 6828 0343.
If you wish to make an official report with the LEGAL AUTHORITIES, please call the police at their emergency hotline 999.
Support is extended to all CURRENT students at SMU regardless of the time period of the incident. Please reach out to Voices@SMU if you wish to speak to someone at the school.
If you are unsure whether your partner has given consent, you may wish to follow the following guidelines.
You should STOP if your partner is intoxicated, asleep or passed out, has said “no”, has not said “yes”, kept silent or is unresponsive, or is under the age of consent
You should PAUSE AND TALK if you are not sure what your partner wants, you feel like you are receiving mixed signals, you have not talked about what you want to do or if you assume that it is ok to proceed because consent was given previously
You may PROCEED (BUT KEEP COMMUNICATING) if both of you clearly express comfort with the situation, reached a mutual decision about how far to go, or feel comfortable and safe stopping at any time.
There are plans to develop an anonymous reporting channel online. Until then, you may wish to pick up a reporting form (for either yourself or a friend) at the Student Services Hub or on the Voices@SMU website and fill it in. You are not required to include identifying information if you do not wish to do so when submitting it.
However, do note that this would limit the University’s ability to take action.
Support is extended to all CURRENT students at SMU regardless of the location of the incident. Please reach out to Voices@SMU if you wish to speak to someone at the school.
Before filing the report, you may wish to speak with Voices@SMU to better understand your rights and options. You can approach Voices@SMU by either emailing email@example.com to make an appointment, or filling in and submitting the report form (available at Student Services Hub and on the Voices@SMU website).
Currently, contents include topics on learning to understand and define sexual harassment and consent, debunking sexual myths, the effects of experiencing sexual harassment, how to be an active bystander or first responder.
If you have been accused of sexual violence or harassment and are unsure of what to do next, you may reach out to Voices@SMU at firstname.lastname@example.org to meet with the team in order to discuss your options or seek support. You may also choose to access the “Guidebook for Accused Persons” pdf document that is available on the State Court website for more information.
Whether or not to hire a lawyer is a personal decision. You will be allowed to represent yourself in court if you do not do so. In that situation, you will need to familiarize yourself with the legal procedures and laws and bear full responsibility in preparing for and conducting your own case. These can be managed for you should you choose to hire a lawyer.
The school will conduct an investigation if the alleged harasser is a staff or student of SMU. The alleged harasser will then be informed of the details of the complaint in order to respond to the allegations. If you do not wish for an investigation to take place, you have the option to disclose the incident to Voices@SMU without filing an official report.
The Reflective Practice Unit, or RPU, is part of the online Co-Curricular Learning module on eLearn that aims to guide you on an approach to meaningful reflection. Reflection enables you to make sense of your various experiences in the co-curricular space, learn from them, and consequentially improve yourself.
You will need to complete the Community Service Units (CSU) and Internship Readiness Modules (IRM) before embarking on your community service project and internship respectively. We suggest that you complete both CSU and IRM within your first year to ensure that you can embark on your community service projects and internships without any delay.
Yes (for all undergraduates who matriculate from AY2019 onwards). You will need to complete the RPU first and then the online Community Service Units (CSU) and Internship Readiness Modules (IRM) before embarking on your community service project(s) and internship(s) respectively.
Please contact email@example.com.
You will receive an email notification from the eLearn system upon successful completion of RPU. Please check your junk mail if you do not receive the notification within two working days. The email subject should read “Completed Reflective Practice Unit (RPU)”.
You will need to view the module contents, and score at least 80% for the quiz.
The most tangible application of the RPU is that it helps you in writing your reflection reports at the end of your internship(s) and community service project(s). A more lasting application is that the Reflective Practice process helps you to glean lessons from your various experiences, and to distil the learning in order to apply them in different contexts. For example, what you have learnt from engaging the community stakeholders in your community service project may come in useful when negotiating with clients in your job in the future.
You may access it through the ‘Co-Curricular Learning’ module on elearn.smu.edu.sg. If you encounter any problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can attempt the quiz as many times until you score at least 80%. The contents of the course will be accessible to you throughout your undergraduate journey.
SEXUAL ASSAULT is when an individual is forced or threatened into sexual contact against his or her free will or without his or her consent. It can include acts such as rape and molest, and even incidents such as sex trafficking, forced abortion and dating violence. Sexual assault is usually seen as a more extreme form of sexual harassment.
You will get access to the Community Service Units (CSU) and Internship Readiness Modules (IRM) after completing the quiz in the RPU and scoring at least 80%.
Any unsolicited, sexually suggestive act or comment can be considered as unwelcome. These include subtle or overt pressure for sexual activity, unnecessary touching, stalking, sexually suggestive displays, demands for sexual favors, promises of gifts in exchange for sex, lurid telephone calls, obscene messages and e-mails, or being followed or watched.
The co-curricular experience is often unique and varied. Being equipped with the skills needed to reflect meaningfully, instead of focusing on what you have done, will enable you to articulate what you have learnt and the competencies you have developed. These learning and competencies are likely to be transferrable and applicable to different contexts.
As an accused individual, you will have the right to understand and request for an explanation of the charges filed against you by the police and at the Courts. Thereafter you will be allowed to take a plea i.e. decide whether to admit to or deny having committed the offence. If you do not admit to this, you will be transferred to a Pre-Trial Conference (PTC) where the Judge will decide whether to convict or acquit you on the charges. Sentencing will only take place if the judge decides to convict you or if you had previously decided to plead guilty to the charge.
Yes, all repayments and interest (standard and penalty interest) will be suspended from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021.
If you are unsure whether your experience constitutes as sexual harassment, you should speak to a trusted individual or adult about it. You may also approach the staff at Voices@SMU who will be able to advise you further. Generally, any discomforting act or comment that was committed or uttered without your consent can be interpreted as sexual harassment.
Yes, borrowers who wish to continue to make repayments during the suspension period can continue to do so. They can approach the banks (or the university, in the case of SMU) to make the necessary arrangements.
If you feel confident to, tell them that the sexually suggestive, offensive or inappropriate comments or acts he or she makes are uncomfortable for you. If you do not feel able to do so, do reach out to Voices@SMU for support and discuss your options in addressing this misbehaviour or harassment.
The loan suspension will apply to government loans, namely the Tuition Fee Loan (TFL) Scheme, Study Loan (SL) Scheme, and the Overseas Student Programme (OSP) Loan Scheme, at the Polytechnics and Autonomous Universities (AUs) from 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2021.
All personal information will be kept confidential as per the Personal Data and Protection Act (PDPA). If there is a need to involve other support services, relevant information may be shared. However, these agencies/ departments will also be bound by the PDPA. This will help safeguard your personal information from being leaked to the public. Please be assured that information is only released on a purely need-to-know basis and with your consent.
All graduates, regardless of nationality, who have an outstanding TFL, SL, or OSP Loan are eligible for the suspension of repayment and interest accrual of government loans during the suspension period. Students who have withdrawn from their courses and have outstanding loans also qualify.
Information in reports are confidential and only shared in situations where an investigation is conducted. In this case, only relevant information is shared with the Student Disciplinary team and the alleged harasser who will need to respond to the allegations.
All graduates who have outstanding TFL, SL, and OSPL will be eligible and be given automatic suspension. They need not apply to qualify for the suspension.
Consent is unmistakable, clear and given by willing participants. It cannot be given under situations of coercion, fear or pressure, or if an individual is intoxicated or unconscious. Consent should not be assumed or inferred, and it is the responsibility of participants to actively seek and obtain consent at every level and occasion of physical intimacy.
Try and get yourself to a physically safe space. Remember that what happened was not your fault and consider seeking help from trusted individuals or the authorities. If you are on the campus, you can contact campus security at 6828 0343, Voices@SMU at email@example.com or any other staff who can help support and guide you through what to do next. You may also report the incident to the police by dialing 999.
Filing a report is a personal decision and we understand that it might not be something you wish to do. You can still approach Voices@SMU for support without filing a report. SMU believes in the right for all students to feel safe and respected while on campus.