Notice to students, parents, legal guardians and staff

Posted on September 05, 2019

Due to the disruption of classes and in the interest of the safety of our students and staff, the Executive of the University of Pretoria has decided to suspend classes for today, 5 September. We regret the interruption and apologise for any inconvenience. 

In solidarity with those affected by the recent violence, we have also decided to postpone tests scheduled for this week. Due to clinical requirements, students from the Faculties of Health and Veterinary Sciences should go to ClickUP for more information.

It is unfortunate that circumstances beyond our control have affected the normal functioning of our academic programmes. The safety and security of students and staff remain our priority.

We urge students who feel unsafe – especially at night – to request campus security to escort them to their residences and to make use of the publicised green routes, especially after hours. Our campus security officers are also placed strategically across all campuses.

Students can call the following 24-hour emergency numbers: 012 420 2310/2760, 0800 006428 or 083 654 0476 (also listed on the back of student cards). If students do not have airtime a ‘please call me’ message can be sent to the last number and campus security will call them back.

We encourage students who are feeling overwhelmed or anxious during this time to seek support at the Department of Student Affairs, or call the UP Student Careline on 0800 747 747.   

The University condemns all forms of violence, and in particular gender-based violence and attacks on foreign nationals.

A further update will follow soon.

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