Monday, 13 July

13 July 2020


The University of Cape Town (UCT) wrote to students this week, providing them with general guidelines on how to deal with incomplete work or exams for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the end of the first semester.

UCT is aware that in the context of remote teaching, some students, through no fault of their own, cannot complete their work as planned. The guidelines address:

  • first-semester coursework
  • clinical courses
  • courses in performing and creative arts, and engineering
  • first-semester exams
  • deferred exams.

Students are informed of the necessary processes for their relevant courses or exams. This includes who to contact about extensions; following the guidance of the relevant faculty, such as the Faculty of Health Sciences if it is a clinical course; and applications for the deferral of exams on medical and compassionate grounds.

The university strongly advises students to make every effort to complete outstanding coursework during the winter vacation and to submit their coursework as soon as possible. Doing so will help students cope better with the academic demands of the second semester.

Students should contact their faculty if they have specific queries.

Read the DVC Desk.

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UCT’s response to COVID-19

COVID-19 is a global pandemic that caused President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national disaster in South Africa on 15 March 2020 and to implement a national lockdown from 26 March 2020.

UCT is taking the threat of infection in our university community extremely seriously, and this page will be updated regularly with the latest COVID-19 information. Please note that the information on this page is subject to change depending on current lockdown regulations.


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Commemorating a year of COVID-19

At midnight on 26 March 2020, South Africa went into the first nationwide hard lockdown. A year later, we remember those who have died and those who have been affected by COVID-19, as well as the pandemic’s effects across society and campus. We are especially grateful for the front-line health workers who have done so much for so many.

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In an email to the UCT community, Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng said:
“COVID-19, caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2, is a rapidly changing epidemic. [...] Information [...] will be updated as and when new information becomes available.”


We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will be updating the UCT community regularly – as and when there are further updates. If you are concerned or need more information, students can contact the Student Wellness Service on 021 650 5620 or 021 650 1271 (after hours), while staff can contact 021 650 5685.