Dear student, applicant and staff member
The "INTERIM COVID-19 VACCINATION POLICY FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WESTERN CAPE FOR 2022" was approved by the Council of the University of the Western Cape on 25 November 2021.
The Policy records that the majority of stakeholders have advocated for hybrid learning and teaching, and an incremental return to Campus. This serves the interests of its students and will allow them to enjoy all the benefits of a holistic campus experience.
In terms of the policy, a general soft mandate applies where students who are not vaccinated may register for their relevant degree or module but may not enter Campus or attend certain University events.
Hybrid learning will continue for unvaccinated students who may not enter campus or access face-to-face learning and teaching.
In Faculties where programmes require face-to-face or hybrid learning and teaching, and/or clinical or lab work, staff and students who return to campus would need to be vaccinated.
In respect of the Law Faculty, students who register for the elective in Legal Process 401 (LEG401), as well as staff members who work at the Law Clinic, will therefore need to be vaccinated.
In other modules, hybrid learning will continue for unvaccinated students who may not enter campus and access face-to-face learning and teaching.
Students, staff, service providers and visitors may apply for an exemption from the Policy based on verifiable medical, constitutional and/or religious grounds.
The Policy will become effective on 3 January 2021 and will be reviewed in the first semester of 2022.
Prof Jacques de Ville
Faculty of Law
Copy of UWC interim COVID-19 Vaccination Policy