Even though Unisa has their students study from home, they have responded to the coronavirus as it affects higher education. This comes after the President’s address and the Minister’s concerning precautionary measures to be taken against Covid-19.
The university has been running a digital awareness campaign in the past weeks to empower staff and students to improve our hygiene in a bid to mitigate against the spread of the Covid-19 virus in our spaces.
Unisa has implemented the following measures amid the coronavirus:
- All graduation ceremonies have been suspended until further notice.
- All shuttle services will be discontinued immediately
- Gatherings of more than 100 persons on all university premises are prohibited, including visits to the Unisa Art Gallery.
- Students are strongly advised to study from home and are encouraged to submit their assignments online.
- All training sessions, especially of large groups, must stop immediately.
- All staff at the Department: Student Admissions and Registration (DSAR), security guards, cleaners and library staff at the front desk are directed to immediately wear masks and gloves, as they are rolled out and become available.
- Any student or member of staff of the university and/or any person performing any function or rendering a service to the university and who has travelled internationally in the past three months is required to obtain and a submit a medical certificate clearing such person of any infection of Covid-19 to the Executive Director/Executive Dean of the department or college in which such a person is involved with or rendering a service.
- Any student or staff member who may have been exposed to the risk of infection with Covid-19 and who will be required to attend to a mandatory 14-day period of observation may not attend any event or function of the university and/or report for duty.
- A service provider whose employees operate from the premises of the university may not allow such member(s) to be on university premises if such an employee is required to undergo a mandatory 14-day period observation period and/or there is a reasonable suspicion that such an employee was exposed to a risk of infection and/or is undergoing treatment.
- Social distance must be maintained at the seating and queuing environment and libraries will be open from 08:00–16:00 weekdays only.
- The university is urgently looking at solutions in relation to heath and safety measures at examination venues.
- Staff and students are advised that the Muckleneuck Clinic (Unisa Main Campus) is not a designated testing facility; and are advised to go to Lancet laboratories, Steve Biko Hospital, Tembisa Hospital or Netcare for testing once symptoms of the virus appear.
- Staff wishing to access the services of Finance, Human Resources and Student and Admissions and Registration departments are directed to engage these departments electronically. These departments will be restricted to relevant staff members only.
- Staff who are marking scripts or developing tutorial material may work from home in agreement with and under electronic supervision of their line managers.