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Health Sciences students should contact the Health Sciences Faculty Office directly.


Commerce students, if you wish to appeal to re-enter the Commerce Faculty, please see the communication sent directly by that faculty. If you are a Commerce student and you have not received communication from the Commerce faculty, please contact com-faculty@uct.ac.za.


Please do not complete, save and send the Adobe Acrobat form to us on an Apple Mac - the form will be blank when viewed on a PC. Rather, print it out once you have completed it, and then scan and email, or fax it to us. You can also hand in the form at our office (see address to which you must send your appeal below).

Readmission Appeal Information

This website sets out the procedures you must follow if you wish to be readmitted to UCT in 2017.

Students academically excluded in December 2016 and February 2017 can appeal to the Readmission Appeal Committee. Students excluded in previous years (i.e. prior to 2016) can only apply via the Admissions Office.

An academic standing of 'not eligible to continue' (RENN) means that you are not permitted to renew your registration in 2017 as you have not met the minimum academic requirements to do so.

An academic standing of 'eligible to continue if SUPP/DE passed' (SUPP) means that your readmission to UCT in 2017 depends on the outcome of your supplementary/deferred examinations.

Each Faculty has a Readmission Appeal Committee (RAC). The RAC of a faculty considers appeals from its own students and appeals from students of other faculties who appeal to transfer.

The RAC is the only body that can consider your appeal. The RAC's decisions are final. No second or further appeal to a higher body is possible. This is why it is important to include all evidence of circumstances that would justify your readmission, in your appeal submission. Evidence may include, for example, medical/death certificates, sworn affidavits, travel itineraries, tickets, etc.


  • The Readmission Appeal Process

    The Readmission Appeal Process

    Step 1: Read this information sheet carefully.

    Step 2: Complete the correct appeal form. There are two forms one for students coded RENN and another for students coded SUPP (make sure that you have completed the checklist at the end of this information sheet).

    Step 3: Before you submit your appeal, keep a scanned copy or photocopy of your appeal form and supporting documentation. We strongly encourage you to submit your form electronically. This simplifies the process and allows for faster communication with the RAC. It also helps to ensure that your documents are not delayed or lost in the post.

    Step 4: Send your appeal to the Student Records Office by the deadline date:
    - Wednesday 01 March 2017 at 16h00/4pm for RENN and SUPP appeals

    Step 5: The Student Records Office prepares an appeal folder that will be sent to your faculty's RAC. You do not need to include your UCT and matric results in your appeal documentation, it will be sent to the RAC for you.

    Step 6: The RAC will consider your appeal.

    Step 7: The RAC will write to you to inform you of their decision (for further information about this, please read the section titled 'Appeal Results').

    Step 8: You need to have back-up plans for what you will do if your appeal is unsuccessful and you are denied readmission to UCT in 2017. Please do not wait until you know the outcome of your appeal to start planning for 2017 as you may be too late to enter another institution.

    If you can show that at the end of 2017 your academic progress has improved significantly at another institution (e.g. Unisa), UCT may consider your application for study through the Admissions Office in 2018.

  • Reasons for Appeal

    It is important to provide as much information and supporting evidence as possible, for the RAC to understand why you struggled academically through the year. These may include: accommodation problems, your financial situation, emotional problems, ill health, or family difficulties.

    In considering appeals, the RAC looks for evidence of:

    • reasonable progress, given your educational background;
    • particular events or circumstances that affected academic performance;
    • whether your circumstances will improve next year;
    • whether you would perform better in a different degree or diploma; or
    • whether you have a real interest/motivation in pursuing the chosen qualification.
  • Options on the Appeal Form (Select one)

    Please see the tables below for an explanation of the different options available to you with regard to readmission to UCT in 2017.

    Please note that if you tick block A on the appeal form then you must also tick one of blocks A1, A2 or A3

    You apply to register for the same degree/diploma, but if your readmission is refused, and:
    you do not want to return to UCT, then choose A1
    you want to register for a different diploma/degree in the same Faculty, then choose A2
    you want to register for a different diploma/degree in a different Faculty, then choose A3


    You apply to register for a different degree/diploma in another Faculty, but if your readmission is refused, and:
    you do not want to return to UCT, then choose B1
    you want to register for a different diploma/degree in the same Faculty, then choose B2
    you want to register for a different diploma/degree in a different Faculty, then choose B3

    Please note that indicating a second choice will in no way jeopardise your chances of being readmitted for your original choice. We encourage you to indicate both choices on your appeal form. However, you must choose carefully because you will not have the opportunity to request alternative considerations should your appeal be unsuccessful.

    If you do indicate that you would like to change to a different Faculty, you should refer to the relevant Faculty website and electronic Faculty handbooks to find out what programmes they offer. If you choose to apply to a different Faculty, you must provide a motivation as to why you should be considered for entry into that Faculty.

  • Help and Advice

    If you need help completing the form, or need advice on changing qualifications or faculties, please contact the people below. Be aware that people may be unavailable due to public and other holidays.

    Commerce and EDU Commerce:
    Yolandah Hall

    Lisa Williams

    Brigit Smit

    Patricia Phillips

    David Gammon

    For additional support and advice (such as career advice, psychological support and advice regarding the RAC process and your rights) contact:

    SRC Representative (RAC process/rights): 021 650 3537 and/or srcvpe@uct.ac.za

    Careers Services (Careers advice): 021 650 2497 and/or careers.service@uct.ac.za

    Student Wellness Centre (Psychological support): 021 650 1017/20

  • Appeal Results

    The Faculty will send you written confirmation of your RAC outcome. In addition, you can check PeopleSoft on the following dates to see the outcome of your appeal:

    RENN: 8 March 2017
    SUPP: 8 March 2017

    RENN: 9 March 2017
    SUPP: 9 March 2017

    RENN: 10 March 2017
    SUPP: 10 March 2017

    RENN: 3 March 2017
    SUPP: 6 March 2017

    RENN: 6 March 2017
    SUPP: 6 March 2017

  • Address to which you must send your appeal

    E-mail: rac-records@uct.ac.za

    Hand deliver to:

    Student Records Office
    Room 4.18, Level 4
    Masingene Building
    Cross Campus Road
    Middle Campus

    Office Hours: Monday and Tuesday: 08h30 to 16h30; Wednesday and Friday: 08h30 to 15h30 and Thursday: 09h30 to 16h30. Not open on public holidays or weekends.

    Fax to: 021 650 5714

    Post to:

    The Secretary, Readmission Appeals Committee
    Student Records Office
    University of Cape Town
    Private Bag X3

    Telephone: 021 650 3595

  • Final dates for appeals

    RENN AND SUPP - Wednesday 01 March 2017 by 16h00/4pm

    Late applications will not be accepted.

  • Checklist

    • Have you completed your appeal form? Have you ticked either block A or block B?
    • If you ticked block A, have you also ticked block A1 or A2 or A3?
    • If you ticked block B, have you also ticked block B1 or B2 or B3?
    • If you are appealing to another faculty, did you motivate in point 5?
    • If you ticked that you are appealing to another faculty, have you contacted the Faculty Office concerned? Has supporting documentation (if relevant and/or including a motivation) been attached?
    • If you are appealing to transfer to another qualification have you checked that you would meet the current entrance requirements of that qualification? If not, the RAC cannot make an admissions decision.
    • Is your appeal clearly written and does it include all relevant evidence to support the reason(s) for your poor performance? Remember that all information submitted to the RAC remains confidential, and withholding vital information will jeopardise your appeal.
    • If you are appealing to the Humanities and/or Commerce Faculties, have you included a completed curriculum plan?
    • If you do not want an SRC nominee on the RAC to hear your appeal, have you ticked NO in Section C?