Communication regarding move to risk-adjusted level 4

29 June 2021

Dear UP community

In line with the announcement by the President regarding the move to risk-adjusted lockdown level 4, all in-person activities on our campuses will be restricted as directed. An announcement has already been made to move the upcoming examinations online, given the seriousness of the current COVID-19 situation. Only in exceptional cases, such as where it is required by professional bodies, where essential laboratory work is required, will in-person assessments continue. In these instances, strict health and safety measures will be put in place to ensure the safety of students and staff, in line with the University’s COVID-19 protocols.

Teaching and learning and coursework programmes will remain online. Only in exceptional cases will students be allowed on campus on the presentation of letters of permission/permits provided by their faculties to the security staff at the entrance gates.

Residences will remain open. Residents are encouraged not to go home during this time and requested to adhere to all the relevant protocols and take the necessary precautionary measures.         

UP staff should work from home where possible, after consultation with their line managers. In instances where they need to go to the office, staff do not require a permit to enter campus. However, any person who wants to enter the campus should complete the health assessment on the Higher Health Check Application.  Temperature checks will be done at the entrances.

Take the necessary precautions

Staff and students are again reminded to avoid physical gatherings and crowded spaces and to adhere strictly to all health protocols, including social distancing, the wearing of masks, and sanitising and washing hands.

Please do not come to campus if you feel ill or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. Furthermore, if you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you are required to quarantine.

Please look after yourself and stay safe.

Best regards,


Tawana Kupe

Vice-Chancellor and Principal

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