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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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Reitz residents given time until 30 July 2008 to evacuate residence
2008-06-06

The Acting Rector of the University of the Free State (UFS), Prof. Teuns Verschoor, today informed the UFS Council about his decision to close the Reitz Residence.

Council requested management today during its quarterly meeting to take any reasonable steps to minimise the inconvenience of the residents who are affected by the closing of the residence. This includes the finding of alternative accommodation and their academic work.

The residents have been requested to evacuate their rooms no later than the day following the last day of the second examination opportunity of the first semester, namely 30 July 2008.

Although the residence will therefore close on 20 June 2008, the UFS has given residents the opportunity to evacuate the residence up and until 30 July 2008.

According to Prof. Teuns Verschoor,  the decision was made in consideration of suggestions by the Council, Student Representative Council, primes of residences, other stakeholders, the parents of residents as well as the first-year students in the residence. .

The special committee appointed to assist residents with finding new accommodation requested the residence head to provide it with the names of students who are in need of accommodation. The committee has already found alternative accommodation for students on campus as well as within walking distance from the campus and will approach these students with suggestions.

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Issued by: Lacea Loader
Assistant Director: Media Liaison
Tel: 051 401 2584
Cell: 083 645 2454
E-mail: loaderl.stg@ufs.ac.za
6 June 2008

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