UCT is committed to ensuring that the university is a safe and hospitable environment for all members of its community. The university offers a number of services and various forms of support to both staff and students.
Campus Protection Services
Campus Protection Services (CPS) is committed to protecting the safety of the university community and its property, as well as maintaining order in accordance with university policy.
CPS staff are highly trained and, in the unfortunate circumstances of a crime being committed against anyone in the UCT community, they are competent in dealing with the practical and legal aspects, such as first-aid and what to do in a case of sexual assault.
CPS operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In case of any emergency, call the CPS 24-hour hotline – use only the last 4 digits if calling from a UCT extension.
follow-up medical and psychological support in cases of sexual assault
support for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and tuberculosis
minor surgical procedures.
A dedicated team of psychologists assists with issues such as anxiety, depression, addiction, family problems, and relationship and sexuality issues. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy, contraception, pap smears and emergency contraception are also dealt with.
Discrimination and Harassment Office
The Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) helps staff and students report and resolve issues of discrimination, harassment and sexual assault. Please report incidents to the DISCHO office. The team is able to assist with advice about the correct investigation procedures.
disciplinary hearing preparation
court preparation for victims of gender-based violence
advice on the procurement of protection orders.
The majority of sexual assaults are committed by people we know. Sexual assault is a crime and should ideally be reported to the police.
If you are sexually assaulted, get yourself to a safe space and speak to somebody that you trust. You are able to request a female Campus Protection Service (CPS) officer to assist. It is very important that you seek medical attention, so that you can get prophylactic treatment for HIV/AIDS and any other necessary medical assistance.
The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) was formed to further the university’s focus on combatting sexual assault. SART provides free and confidential crisis intervention, advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault.
The Disability Service ensures that students and staff with disabilities are able to access all that the university has to offer, including:
disabled parking spaces
assistive technologies and furniture
appropriately formatted academic material
emotional and psychological support.
The service works towards the removal of all barriers that may prevent students and staff from realising their full potential.