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Update: Student in court and concerned black staff protest

- Wits University

Academic programme goes ahead with no reports of disruptions.

Dear Students and Colleagues

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME

We have had no reports of disruptions to the academic programme. All University activities go ahead tomorrow.

STUDENT IN COURT

A student arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court today. His application for bail has been postponed until tomorrow.

CONCERNED BLACK STAFF PROTEST

Concerned Black Staff for Free, Quality, Decolonised Education held a silent protest outside the Wits Great Hall today. They were joined by groups of students and workers and indicated that they would hand over a memorandum to management.

COMPUTER LABS THAT CAN BE ACCESSED AFTER 10PM – CHANGE TO VENUE

Following the requests of many students to continue using learning venues and computer labs after 10pm, the University has agreed to keep the following venues open and available to students. Students will have to be in these venues before 10pm and on completion of their use of the facilities, will be escorted back to their residences by Campus Control, who will be stationed at the door of these facilities.

The venues are:

Braamfontein Campus East

CNS PG Lab – SH1029, 1st Floor, West Wing, Senate House

CNS UG Lab – SH1101, 1st Floor, West Wing, Senate House

Braamfontein Campus West

CNS UG Lab – FNB 2B, Ground Floor, FNB Building    

D Lab – Ground Floor, Chamber of Mines Building

Wits Education Campus

CNS UG Lab- GLASS LAB01, Marang Block, Ground Floor

Wits Health Sciences Campus

CNS UG Lab – MS-01A, 3rd Floor, Medical School

Wits Management Campus

Computer laboratories open for postgraduate students as normal.

EAST-WEST TUNNEL

We apologise to all those affected by the West Campus Tunnel closure. This is an interim security measure. We will reopen it as soon as the situation fully stabilises.

ENGAGEMENT

We remain open to engagement and negotiation with student leaders as we believe that the issues that they have raised can only be resolved through negotiated outcomes. Our primary focus is on the completion of the academic programme in the next week.

Thank you

SENIOR EXECUTIVE TEAM

18 OCTOBER 2016 (17:00)

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