NUS sacked law don for 'gross impropriety'

NUS sacked law don for 'gross impropriety'
Law professor Tey Tsun Hang was convicted on 28 May 2013 of all six counts of corruptly accepting sex and gifts from his student at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in return for giving her better grades. He was sacked by the university on the same day.

SINGAPORE - The National University of Singapore (NUS) yesterday explained its decision to fire law don Tey Tsun Hang last year, over charges of corruption, of which he was later cleared on appeal.

A spokesman, responding to queries from The Straits Times, said Mr Tey was sacked after the university found that he had breached the terms and conditions of his employment contract.

These terms included a summary dismissal or termination of employment without prior notice, for misconduct or gross impropriety, among other things.

Her remarks were in response to Mr Tey's application for a High Court judicial review of the university's decision to sack him in May last year. He had already been suspended by NUS in July 2012.

"NUS takes a very strong stand against faculty who behave in a grossly inappropriate manner in their interactions with our students," said the spokesman.

Mr Tey, in court papers filed last week, is claiming there was a breach of natural justice as he was not given a hearing. He is asking the court to quash the university's decision and to be reinstated.

The NUS spokesman said that as Mr Tey's application to the court is a legal matter, "we have referred this case to our lawyers".

Mr Tey, 43, was first charged with corruption in May 2012 over allegations that he accepted gifts and sex from Ms Darinne Ko, a former law student at NUS.

He was convicted in a district court last year and sentenced to five months in jail. He appealed and was acquitted by a High Court in February. But by then, he had already served his jail sentence.

In acquitting him on appeal, Justice Woo Bih Li ruled that what Mr Tey did was not legally wrong, but was "morally reprehensible".

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