Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Current status

Our attempts to resume normal university activities today were  frustrated by large groups of protesting students who disrupted classes on most of our campuses. The Bellville campus was particularly hard hit where students had running battles with police and security guards .

Twelve students were arrested in Bellville, three in Cape Town and four in Mowbray. We also suffered infrastructure damage and a vehicle and guard hut was also set alight.

We wish to thank those staff members who bravely stood their ground against extreme student intimidation and threats.

Given the fact that we have no guarantee that the security situation will be any different tomorrow, a decision has been taken to suspend classes at the University until further notice. At a practical level this will mean the following :

  • contact classes are suspended but in some cases , where the curriculum must still be completed, online and other forms of tuition will take place .
  • where possible, alternative forms of assessment will be used  
  • staff will be on duty and can  operate off campus, either from home or from other designated locations as determined by their line managers.
  • faculties have devised  business continuity plans for all academic programs which will be communicated to students via their departments.

We know that the vast majority of our students desire to finish their academic program. We trust that by putting the above contingency plans into operation , we will make it possible for them to do so.

We are operating under very trying conditions and wish to thank staff and students who have so diligently stood by us during these very difficult  times. The services of our Student Counselling unit are available to any student who feels they need assistance.

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za