Undergrads upset over spot checks

Undergrads upset over spot checks
One of Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) halls of residence. The halls accommodate more than 9,200 local and foreign students.

SINGAPORE - It was 7am when she heard a knock on her dormitory door.

Drowsy and in her pyjamas, the 21-year-old Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergraduate wondered who it could be, as her roommate was still asleep.

When she opened the door, she found a female hall officer and a male hall security officer.

"Room check," they said, before entering the room.

Following a The New Paper report last month that residents were renting out their rooms for profit, TNP understands that NTU has been conducting surprise checks at its 16 hostels, known as halls of residence.

The halls accommodate more than 9,200 local and foreign students.

Some students said these surprise checks were being done between 1am and 7am at NTU and they have voiced their displeasure online as they felt their privacy was being invaded by hall officers.

NTU has denied that the checks were conducted during that time. A spokesman said the checks usually occur at 6am to 7am.

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