The Student Affairs and Properties and Services departments have collaborated in planning the logistical arrangements for the upcoming examination period.
Logistical arrangements have been made in respect of study spaces, security services, UCT Shuttle services, parking, loadshedding, COVID-19 health and safety protocol, and medical assistance.
Study spaces during the examination period
The following study spaces have been made available. Please note the various times of availability at each of these spaces.
Please note that examination venues may not be used as study spaces, as these venues need to be prepared for the sessions. These venues will be clearly marked as such.
Campus Protection Services (CPS) officers will be onsite at each venue for the duration of the examination period.
For the evening sessions, additional CPS officers will be deployed along the routes from the examination venues to the shuttle stops and parking areas.
Students who will be using the 24-hour study spaces at night and requiring a CPS officer to escort them to the shuttle stops or parking areas are advised to contact CPS on the applicable contact numbers.
Please note the following safety tips:
UCT Shuttle services
The current UCT Shuttle services schedule will be amended during the examination period.
The UCT Shuttle office can be contacted on 021 650 5289 (between 06:00 and 01:00). For after-hours queries, please contact the CPS control room on 080 650 2222 (toll free).
Students are encouraged to make use of the UCT Shuttle service as the availability of parking spaces can be limited during the examination period.
If you make use of your own vehicle, please ensure that you have the required parking permit.
Temporary parking discs are available for first-year students during examination times only. These can be purchased at the Visitors’ Reception and Information Centre (opposite the Sports Centre) at the entrance to upper campus, as well as at the Traffic Administration Office on upper campus. Temporary discs cost R30 per day, R80 per week or R210 per month.
Please note the following parking tips:
In the event of a power outage, please follow the FAQ when moving about campus or using lifts.
Please note the following tips to minimise the impact of loadshedding:
COVID-19 health and safety approach
UCT has adopted the following approach for the examination period:
Paramedics will be on standby on campus. Should you require medical attention during an examination, an invigilator will summon the paramedics.
General emergency and safety measures at exam venues
In the event of a fire or any other emergency, note the following procedure:
Examination support services by SWS
Please refer to the recent campus announcement to find out more about support services offered by Student Wellness Services during exams. These include applying for deferred exams, medical services at upper campus clinic, limited walk-in services at the Sports Centre clinic, counselling services and pharmacy services.
All staff and students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the above-mentioned logistical arrangements.
Best wishes to all students during this examination period.
Department of Students Affairs
Properties and Services Department
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