The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Lourens van Staden, has revealed the measures taken by the university to tackle the spread of COVID-19. These will take effect from 25 November 2021.
Listed below are the measures the university will put in place:
- The majority of theory classes will continue to be carried out online to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
- Only critical academic activities will take place on campus premises. These include practical work and year-end practical portfolio assessments. The university further states that these activities will be conducted under strict Covid-19 protocols.
- In relation to invigilated final summative assessments, all assessments will be postponed and will begin on the week of 6 December 2021. This is to allow for the implementation of the university's measures to contain the current outbreak.
- The university has also banned social and other non-essential gatherings at all its campuses and student residences.
- To gain access to any of the TUT campuses or specified venues, all staff and students will be required to complete the HealthCheck mobile app. https://healthcheck.higherhealth.ac.za/
- Should the HealthCheck App determine that a student is at high risk, they have been advised to self-monitor for any Covid-19, test and report where necessary.
- Exam venues and facilities will be prepared in line with Higher Health protocols.
- Buses will not be overloaded and are decontaminated before and after operation.
- It is compulsory for students to wear a mask when using any of the university's facilities or writing exams, particularly when boarding on bus transport. Any student or staff member who contravenes this rule will be subjected to disciplinary action.
- Students who develop Covid-19 related symptoms have been advised to report it them residence officers/Managers or lecturers and immediately contact a healthcare facility regarding the issues as per higher health protocols.
- Students and staff members that are yet to get vaccinated have also been advised to do so soon as possible.
Hey TUT Fam! Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof Lourens van Staden, this afternoon released important information on COVID-19 arrangements at the University, effective from tomorrow, 25 November 2021. Please see attached letter from his office. pic.twitter.com/TzFMe76w73
— Official TUT (@Official_TUT) November 24, 2021