Singaporean NUS undergraduate Xiong Jiawei, 27, was charged in court on Oct. 24 for insulting the modesty of a woman.
Took place in science library
CNA reported that Xiong was accused of unzipping his pants, exposing his penis and masturbating in front of his victim in the university's science library.
The incident took place on April 10, 2019 at around 6:20 pm in the science library, located at Block 10, Science Drive 2 of the university campus.
Xiong was from the university's chemistry department.
The woman cannot be named due to a gag order, and it is unclear if she is a student of the university.
Actions taken against Xiong
A Board of Discipline was convened in June to look into this matter and disciplinary action was taken against Xiong, Yahoo reported.
An NUS spokesperson told Yahoo that Xiong has since been suspended by NUS for two semesters. He will have to undergo mandatory counselling, as well as a mandatory psychiatric assessment.
Before he can resume his studies after the suspension, he will also need to be certified medically fit.
Disciplinary sanctions will be reflected in Xiong's formal university education records, the spokesperson added.
NUS takes a "serious view of any misconduct"
An NUS spokesperson has stated that "the university takes a serious view of any misconduct" by their students, according to CNA.
The spokesperson added that they have "conducted an internal investigation into the incident and offered pastoral care to the affected students".
Security measures have also been put in place to safeguard the well-being of students on the campuses.
Xiong's case has since been adjourned to a pre-trial conference on Nov. 5, 2019.
If convicted of insulting the modesty of a woman, Xiong faces up to a year’s jail, a fine, or both.
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