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letter Adam Goh ’18
I refer to Soh Wee Yang’s opinion article, “A Hollow Core.” While his concerns are valid, our college does have a core value system, albeit one that is not widely discussed or mentioned. The Disciplinary Policies and Procedures set forth by the Dean of Students’ Office explicitly mentions what being a part of “a community of learning” entails: “ethical conduct and respect for norms for civil behaviour.”  Nonetheless, much of our student population appear unaware of these guidelines. This begs the question—how effective are shared values if they are merely symbolic? I believe that moving forward, we need to have a genuine conversation on how our community can live out these values, whether these values truly represent the community, or whether we need a shared value system at all. Ultimately, a shared value system needs to have tangible outcomes—otherwise it will just be empty rhetoric.
 “Disciplinary Policies and Procedures.” http://studentlife.yale-nus.edu.sg/policies/disciplinary-policies-and-procedures/. The reference further defines what it means by “ethical conduct” and “respect for norms for civil behaviour.”