Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) affects all corners of our society, including our university. The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) commitment to responding to SGBV starts with a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of sexual violence and/or sexual harassment.
Sexual Misconduct policy and related procedures
As a new member of the UCT community, you are expected to familiarise yourself with the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and related procedures. If you would like someone to go through the policy with you, please contact Cheryl Vallay in the Office for Inclusivity & Change (OIC) on 021 650 2767.
UCT is fully committed to supporting survivors of sexual violence and/or sexual harassment with an unconditional positive regard. We encourage you to report incidents so that the appropriate support (medical, counselling and reporting) can be provided. If you or any UCT student or staff member you know has experienced rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment or domestic violence, please contact the OIC for assistance:
You can also use the UCT App to reach out for support or report incidents of sexual and domestic violence. If you need assistance with reporting an incident using the online reporting tool, please contact the OIC on 021 650 2767.
The OIC offers survivors immediate comprehensive care and support. They will assist with survivor support services, lodging complaints, UCT reporting processes, UCT safety precautionary measures and referring survivors to available external assistance.
OIC 24-hour standby line
If you or any staff member or student has experienced sexual violence and require medical support within 72 hours of the incident, contact a survivor support standby advisor on the 24-hour OIC standby number.
OIC survivor support standby advisors will provide information on the survivor support services offered at the OIC, UCT reporting processes and safety support, medical support, and advice on reporting to external service providers.
The 24-hour standby advisor will refer survivors to the survivor support specialist and case officer, who will extend psychosocial support and reporting assistance.
If you or any student needs immediate medical assistance or advice following a rape and/or sexual assault:
More information is available on the OIC’s Survivor Support web page, or you can contact Yumna Seadat at the OIC.
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