Dear colleagues and students
This campus announcement aims to inform members of the University of Cape Town community about:
1. Exams under way
Today, the fifth day of the final examination period, will see 3 833 students writing exams in the exam centre. Students will write papers on a range of subjects, including computer science, biology, law, management accounting and professional communication. Students who have not yet written in the exam centre may familiarise themselves with the configuration of the exam halls.
2. Exam deferment
Students wishing to defer an exam are reminded how to follow the deferment procedure:
Students who want to apply for the Deferred Exams (DE) are invited to attend any of the Student Wellness Service (SWS) service sites. The key points about this service and the SWS operating hours are listed in the Department of Student Affairs notice.
Students who are known to SWS for prior medical and psychological therapy will not need to be reassessed for purposes of the DE application and may fill out the SWS DE001 form after completing Sections A and B only, and hand the form to the SWS practitioner or email it to Ingrid.Smith@uct.ac.za – unless the student is in need of therapy, in which case the student will be clinically assessed and assisted.
3. Update on unlawful protest action
Two further cases against protesters who are alleged to have committed unlawful acts have been opened since the granting of an interim interdict by the Western Cape High Court. In addition to the 11 cases and 12 arrests mentioned in a previous campus announcement, a case has been opened against a student for alleged disruptions at the Sport Centre on upper campus on 3 November. This student has been arrested and appeared before the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on 17 November. A case has also been opened against two students for allegedly disrupting a test at the RW James Building on upper campus on 10 November. One student was arrested on 20 November.
A student that allegedly disrupted a test and caused damage in the Sports Centre on upper campus on 25 October has been arrested and appeared in the Wynberg Magistrates’ Court on 17 November.
Two more students were arrested yesterday, 20 November. One student is alleged to have blocked the south entrance to upper campus on 7 November. The second student is alleged to have set off three fire extinguishers on upper campus on 25 October.
4. Dean of Commerce to take up post at Stellenbosch University
Professor Ingrid Woolard, Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, will be resigning to take up a position as the new Dean of Economic and Management Sciences at Stellenbosch University in April next year. The Vice-Chancellor has congratulated Professor Woolard on her appointment and wishes her every success in her new post.
5. Appointment of interim dean in the Faculty of Science
Professor Susan Bourne of UCT’s Chemistry Department is to serve as interim dean in the Faculty of Science from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2019. The appointment will take effect on the retirement of the current dean, Professor Anton le Roex, at the end of this year.
6. Faculty of Law responds to CHE’s review of UCT’s LLB programme
The Faculty of Law expressed its surprise and concern about the interim feedback from the National Review of its Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme, undertaken by the Council for Higher Education (CHE), which warns that accreditation for UCT’s undergraduate law programme may be withdrawn unless certain conditions are met. The faculty stated it was confident that it would be able to retain its accreditation.
7. Reward for information relating to criminal acts
Following previous communication on the reward of R30 000, it is important to clarify that the university is offering the reward for information leading to the arrest and successful prosecution of anyone who has committed criminal acts, such as arson, or been involved in malicious damage to property, not protest. If anyone has any information about any of these incidents please report this to CPS on 021 650 2222.
8. November edition of UCT News
Meet UCT’s 11 new Fellows and find out which student leaders were honoured at the recent Student Leadership Awards ceremony. You can also watch the talented performers from the South African College of Music take part in the Vice-Chancellor’s Concert.
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In a statement to UCT students, Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price said:
“I wish no student to be ignorant about what constitutes unlawful protest behaviour.
Disruption of classes, blocking of entrances or exits, interfering with traffic flow, putting up barricades that prevent people from conducting normal business or attending classes, and any form of intimidation – whether physical or verbal – is unlawful.”