October 5, 2016 by Student 24/7 Blog
Campus Management met with the Campus Student Representative Council (CSRC) today – Wednesday 5 October 2016, to discuss the preparations for the final academic quarter. Management and the CSRC jointly agreed that the following three objectives should inform the discussions: (1) a call for stability on the campus, (2) ensuring a safe and conducive academic environment, and (3) making sure that the academic programme for the year is completed successfully. The following resolutions were agreed upon:
Access to campus
- The campus will reopen for students on Friday, 7 October 2016. All students will be requested to present their student cards to gain access on campus.
- Bus services will be provided on Friday. There will be one bus per residence that will depart at 12:00 from each residence to the campus. The busses will leave from campus to the respective residences at 17:00 in the afternoon. The normal bus schedule will resume on Monday, 10 October 2016.
- The Library and the computer labs will be opened to students as from Friday.
- Students can return to their residences as from Friday, 08:00.
- Residence Student Supervisors will be available to issue keys as from Friday to Sunday, from 08:00 – 22:00.
- The closing date for applications for residence accommodation (2017 academic year) have been extended until 24 October 2016. This applies only for prospective first year students for 2017. Applications for senior students closed in August.
- The normal academic programme will commence on Monday, 10 October 2016.
- Academic management has agreed on an extension for all assignments which are due on Monday (10 October 2016). A grace period of two days will be provided and therefore submissions must be made in this regard by Wednesday, 12 October. The School Directors will manage this extension period and other assignment related requests must be given through to them.
- Undergraduate and postgraduate (honours programmes) applications’ due date has been extended to 24 October 2016. Prospective first year students, please refer to this link https://www.facebook.com/nwuvaal2017/ for available programmes
Proposed fee increment: 2017 academic year
- As Campus Management has communicated previously, the University Council has mandated the Institutional Management to consult all stakeholders – including students and student leaders, regarding the proposed fee increment for the 2017 academic year. This consultation process will be based on the Minister of DHET’s announcement that no fee increment should exceed 8%. All NSFAS qualifying students as well as the so-called “missing middle” – that is students whose families earn above the NSFAS threshold but are unable to support their children to access higher education – will experience a no fee increase in 2017. Students will be kept up to date in this regard.
The meeting was adjourned with all parties optimistic about the way forward and remain committed towards ensuring a successful final academic quarter. In light of this, Campus Management together with the CSRC are calling on all students to return to campus and give their full cooperation in making the final academic quarter a success. Good wishes to all students in preparations for the final examinations.
Campus Management & CSRC