Thursday, 6 August

06 August 2020


On 3 August the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Senate Executive Committee approved the extension of remote teaching and learning to Term 4 and importantly noted that assessments’ modal quality must be consistent with that of the first semester.

Data at the executive’s disposal supports the continuation of the pass/fail approach for all first semester half (F) courses. Given the continuation of remote teaching and learning to the end of the academic year, this is what’s been decided:

  • Pass/fail results don’t apply to exit-level S, H and W courses. These will be graded as usual.
  • Students’ continual assessment tasks are graded for all courses.
  • The final grade posted on the system at the end of the course is a pass or fail, even though there is an underlying numeric grade, which can be used in the department when deciding who gets offered the supplementary exam.
  • The grade point average (GPA) calculation is amended to substitute the course results of the 2020 S, H and W courses with a pass/fail result.
  • The transcript note that only a pass/fail result was given as a consequence of the COVID-19 lockdown will be held in perpetuity for all students who completed a 2020 S, H or W course.

As a result of the structure of the different LLB programmes in the Faculty of Law, applying this approach will be difficult. Therefore, the Faculty of Law has been exempted from this decision.

In addition, the deadline for dropping second semester courses with the associated full rebate has been amended from 7 August to 16 August and curriculum advisors have been informed.

Read the DVC Desk.

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