The National University of Singapore has stepped up its efforts to combat the seat-hogging problem, a spokesman for the university said.
The spokesman told The New Paper (TNP): "Since last semester, UTown has piloted a trolley system where students can place unattended items if the study space is unoccupied for a period of time.
"Students may be barred from using the study areas if they are found to have repeatedly misused the space.
"Study areas that are not occupied for an extended period of time will be cleared by university staff during routine checks."
Although such rules are in place, sociologist Tan Ern Ser believes that change must also come from students in order for the situation to improve.
He said: "Just as important is the need to inculcate civic consciousness and a sense of fairness and consideration for others."
A spokesman for the Singapore Kindness Movement told TNP that hogging is ungracious behaviour that stems from a fear of losing out.
The spokesman said: "Hogging is monopolising, dominating, controlling, keeping things to oneself.
"It's selfish behaviour and it's the ugly side of being competitive. With more consideration and graciousness, hogging and other selfish behaviour would naturally have no place in the community and be wiped out."
This article by The New Paper was published in MyPaper, a free, bilingual newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.