Posted : 2018-02-13 16:33
Updated : 2018-02-13 19:22

Gov't to check on univ. freshman orientations

By Kim Jae-heun

The government has decided to inspect orientation programs and other events for university freshmen to prevent sexual harassment and other incidents.

The Ministry of Education said Tuesday it will send teams to conduct safety checks, but they will not take direct action, instead they will encourage students to take the lead.

Eleven universities are subjected to inspections, including Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Kyung Hee University, Woongji Accounting & Tax College and Soongeui Women's College.

Traditionally, Korean universities hold some orientation events at outside resorts for indoor and outdoor activities where they drink alcohol at night to promote bonding and build pride for their school.

However, there have been many cases of senior students forcing juniors to drink too much and sometimes assaults or sexual violence take place.

Moreover, 10 students at Busan University of Foreign Studies died when a roof collapsed during a 2014 orientation held at Mauna Ocean Resort in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province. The accident, caused by snow piled on the roof, injured an additional 204 students.

Universities that have safety problems are also subject to the ministry's inspection. Safety inspection teams consisting of ministry, local government and school officials will make an early visit to the orientation venues and check the safety of facilities, drivers' eligibility and prior education on prevention of any kind of assault. The universities must also apply for collective insurance for their trips.

Universities holding outdoor orientations will inspect their own over accommodation facilities and transportation safety.
The ministry also requested universities to provide education on sex crimes beforehand and make safety manuals to distribute on campus during the orientation period.

Vice Minister of Education Park Chun-ran said she hopes this initiative can help spread the understanding of a healthy and safe campus life.

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