Monday, 31 August

31 August 2020


The University of Cape Town (UCT) has developed a framework to identify which students and staff may return to campus on an invitation-only basis in a phased-in approach under lockdown Level 2.

As outlined by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, depending on the size of the institution, no more than 66% of students will be allowed to return to campus and residences.

The new regulations have been instated provided that students and staff can be safely accommodated and supported in line with the health and safety guidelines enforced by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Returning students

  • Vulnerable students: based on challenging home circumstances, socio-economic disadvantages or particular barriers to academic progress. These students will continue remote learning in residences.
  • Students registered in performing arts courses and students needing to undertake practical blocks. These students will be invited in phases.
  • Selected postgraduate researchers who need to use on-campus facilities to complete their research projects.
  • Final-year medical students have already returned to residences.

All students must undergo a 10-day self-quarantine period upon returning to residences. Dining halls will remain closed and the Jammie Shuttle bus service will be limited. All, with the exception of one computer lab, remain closed and UCT Libraries continue to operate virtually.

All departments have identified those staff whose work necessitates that they be on campus. Those staff have been granted access to campus, on condition that they undergo daily health screening and adhere to strict protocols. All other members of staff have been asked to continue working from home.

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