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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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UFS obtains a court interdict
2008-03-07

The University of the Free State (UFS) today (Thursday, 6 March 2008) obtained a court interdict to maintain calm on the Main and Vista Campuses in Bloemfontein.

The interdict was obtained in view of the fact that a number of outside organisations are planning to hold mass demonstrations on the Main and Vista Campuses of the UFS in the coming weeks.

Since the publicising of the Reitz video, the situation on the Main Campus continues to be tense, with sporadic incidents of disruptions and intimidation. The campus is also in a period where students are writing tests and need to prepare for these tests.

The management is of the view that mass protests on the campuses under the current circumstances will worsen the already tense situation. We feel that it is important for our students to continue their academic work and to deal with the issue of the video in a constructive environment.

The interdict is supplementary to the previous one that was obtained by the UFS on 21 February 2008 and is applicable to all registered students for 2008, staff, and outside persons.

The interdict prohibits the following activities among others: a gathering, demonstration, picketing, the holding of a meeting, forming of a protest march or to convene in a group in the open air on any campus of the UFS.

Media Release
Issued by: Anton Fisher
Director: Strategic Communication
Tel: 051 401 3422
Cell: 072 207 8334
E-mail: fishera.stg@ufs.ac.za  
6 March 2008

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