A Japanese male student who was participating in Ewha Language Center’s short-term program is accused to have illegally took photos of a fellow female Japanese student on Aug. 18 at I-House A. The incident happened on the 2nd floor where the communal shower room is located.
I-House Administration Office received a report on illegal filming the following day from the female student that she has seen someone’s cellphone under her shower booth and believes that her photos have been taken.
Immediately after the crime has been reported, I-House Administration Office staff visited the Safety Supervision Center and spotted the male student through CCTV. Both students were identified to be participating in the same short-term program and were also attending the same school. Ewha Language Center received notice on the case and reported the situation to the respective university in Japan.
When the staff of I-House and Ewha Language Center explained the situation to the female student, she requested to report to the police, which was carried out promptly. The male student was taken by the police.
After the incident, I-House Administration Office mentioned plans to improve the method of dividing different genders and strengthen the allocation system by floor. Also, although most rooms at I-House include bathrooms and shower booths, keypad door locks are to be installed for those who use the communal showers in order to control the access of non-users of the dorm.
The office has also ensured that they have had inspections to check on the installation of illegal cameras in all communal showers and bathrooms every semester, including the vacations.
However, despite the office’s reassurance, some students expressed concern over the security of the dormitory.
“I don’t feel secure living at I-House because it seems possible for ordinary Korean male university students to come into the dorm, pretending to be international students,” said Jeong Yu-ri from the Department of Korean Music, who is a resident of I-House. “Also, since the dorm’s security office is at the second basement floor and not the first floor, it makes us more anxious.”
Meanwhile, I-House Admission Office has stated that there were prior consultations to inspect the communal shower and bathrooms on Aug. 26, which was carried out as planned.