Academic activities at TUT’s Soshanguve campuses remain suspended until further notice

12 September 2018

TUT Management resolved on Monday, 10 September, that academic activities at the Soshanguve North and South campuses would remain suspended until further notice because of the ongoing violent protest action and damage to institutional property over the weekend. 

Due to the volatility of the situation and the risk to the safety of staff and students, the University had no choice but to come to this decision, which aims to normalise the situation at the institution. 

A contingency plan, including increased security, at these campuses, will be implemented to ensure the safety of the campus community once activities resume.

The Campus Rector will communicate with academic and support staff on work-related requirements.

For their own safety, all students are encouraged to vacate residences before 10:00 today, 12 September, at these campuses while activities are suspended. The Campus Rector will manage the process to assist in terms of accommodation for international students, Work Integrated Learning students (WIL) and students who can provide exceptional reasons. 

Management issued a stern warning to residence students not to harbour any suspended or unregistered people in their rooms.

Staff and students are once again reminded that they should display their staff and student cards visibly at all times when on campus, or to get access to campus.

Executive Deans of affected faculties will reschedule tests that were disrupted at the Pretoria Campus today. 

Management emphasised that the year-end examinations will start on 12 November as scheduled and approved by Senate. More detailed information about the examinations as well as time tables are available on the TUT Core Calendar on TUT’s Website.

Bus transport between all campuses will resume tomorrow.

Suspension letters to students who were identified as perpetrators of the ongoing protest action and damage to TUT property, were issued on Monday. Therefore, they will no longer be allowed on campus. 

On Friday, 7 September, TUT obtained an urgent Interdict from the Pretoria High Court to assist in normalising the situation at the institution. The interdict will be enforced to prevent perpetrators of the ongoing unrest and damage to TUT property from entering the Soshanguve North and South campuses. In addition, it will be enforced to prevent any person from participating in any disruptive activities on these campuses. The Interdict applies to all TUT campuses.

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