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UWC Proceeds With Academic Programme Amid Covid-19 Crisis

The Acting Rector and Vice-Chancellor​ of the University of Western Cape has released a statement on University operations as the Coronavirus grows in South Africa. Students have been awaiting news on whether the University will close or not, following other University closures in the country.

After President Ramaphosa's address, students and parents all over South Africa are waiting for institutions to announce what their current status for attendance will be. The University of the Western Cape has seen students wait longer than mist but they have released a statement early this afternoon. 

In this statement, it was said that the academic programme with continue unless they are told otherwise by Minister Nzimande. However, they have also said, "Where possible, lectures can go online and Deans will co-ordinate. Deans will also indicate if there will be suspension of tests or if alternative measures will be put in place for assessments."

Students will break for recess on Thursday, 19th of March and classes will continue on the14th of April. This means that two weeks has been added to the original recess period. 

To prevent transmission of the virus, access to communal areas where many people usually gather – such as the library, study halls and the Student Centre - will be limited and all gyms will be closed.

The traditional graduation ceremony will be changed to a virtual ceremony which will allow graduants to graduate. A physical ceremony will take place at some point as well. 

Wellness Day, 60th celebrations and all other university events – including sports, conferences and arts events - will be cancelled until further notice.

As for travel, international visitors will not be allowed on campus and all staff and students who have returned from international travel since 14 February 2020 are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, if they have not done so already. 

Preparations will be put in place to ensure that residence students can leave at the end of the term.

 


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