29 November 2021
Dear UP community
Following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 28 November 2021 that a decision was taken for the country to remain on risk-adjusted level 1 for now and that the national State of Disaster should remain in place, the University will continue to implement and maintain strict compliance with the necessary health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of our students and staff. This means that the current level 1 arrangements that were put in place for students and staff will remain in place.
The examinations which have already started will continue mostly online, unless arrangements have been made for in-person assessments. When coming to campus, students are reminded to complete the HealthCheck screening before they arrive. Students should not come to campus if they feel unwell, and must remember to follow the application process to write the supplementary examinations.
Events with large numbers of people should be avoided as far as possible.
The regulations regarding room capacities for all venues must be strictly applied. In addition, and in order to reduce COVID-19-related risks even more for our students, the University does not follow the 50% capacity of a venue as a guideline, but limits the number of students in an exam venue to between 15 and 19%. It’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure that health protocols are observed at gatherings, including ensuring appropriate social distancing, and the wearing of masks that cover the nose and mouth. Do not forget to sanitise and wash your hands regularly.
The University will continue to monitor risk levels, and I strongly encourage staff and students to get vaccinated as soon as possible. It is now more important than ever. The more people that are vaccinated, the more lives we will save. Getting vaccinated reduces severe illness from COVID-19 and prevents hospitalisation and death. It could save your life, or the lives of those you love.
The situation will be monitored on an ongoing basis, and we will keep you informed of any further measures to manage current conditions.
Take care of yourself and those around you, and stay safe.
Prof Tawana Kupe
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
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