UWC Campus Update on Examinations - 19 October 2016
After serious consideration of the national situation, and the uncertainty around the s tability and safety on our campus, we have convened an urgent Special Meeting of the Senate Executive Committee to consider the way forward that will allow us to complete the 2016 academic year.
Today the situation on campus escalated and it has become clear that simply continuing with face-to-face academic engagement would not be possible without seriously compromising the safety of students and staff.
Since we were close to the end of the formal teaching programme, many of our modules have been completed or were close to completion. Deans indicated that they are in a position to start preparing for formal examinations and set credible assessments.
At its meeting today, the Senate Executive Committee took the following decisions regarding the completion of the 2016 academic year:
1. All face-to-face classes are suspended.
2. The exact mode of the completion of the academic programme, where needed, will be faculty and discipline- specific and managed by Deans and Heads of Departments.
3. Students are given a choice of writing their main examinations either in November 2016 or in January 2017.
4. The first session of examinations is scheduled to begin on 7 November 2016 and a time-table will be circulated within the next few days. We will continue to monitor the situation and if conditions on campus remain unstable, alternate venues will be communicated.
5. The second session is likely to begin on 10 January 2017. Confirmation of dates and the time-table will be circulated in due course.
6.Students who qualify for Supplementary Examinations will be given the opportunity to write those in January2017.
7.The Senate Discretionary Assessment (SDA) period will follow the Supplementary Examination period in January 2017.
8.Options for postgraduate student assessment and completion are being considered by the Senate Higher Degrees Committee and will be communicated to students via their respective Faculties.
Whilst we recognise that this is not ideal, we need to appreciate that this is the only viable option to complete the academic year. We therefore ask for the understanding and support of students, parents and staff.
Faculties, via the Deans’ offices, will communicate with students and staff regarding completion of programmes and the continuation of faculty operations.
If students have any queries they are welcome to contact the Helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Students are also encouraged to make direct contact with their respective faculties /departments.
Further information will be provided to residence students via Residence Administration and for students with disabilities via the Office for Students with Disabilities.
International students who have enquiries are encouraged to send these to ISSO@uwc.ac.za.
During this period we will continue our engagement with student leadership and student structures in an attempt to stabilise the situation on campus.
Thank you to all our students, parents and staff for their patience as we try to resolve the situation on campus.
UWC Executive Management