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About the office

The Discrimination and Harassment Office (DISCHO) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) assists the campus community in matters of discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, domestic violence and rape. DISCHO comprises a group of supportive people, student support officers and advisors who are able to help you. Mediators are also available to help mediate any dispute.

DISCHO offers the following services:

  • office of first report of harassment or discrimination
  • assistance with referral to appropriate procedures (on alleged transgressions)
  • awareness campaigns on issues of harassment and discrimination
  • assisting with UCT policy formulation
  • legal advice and court preparation for gender-violence victims (staff and students), with particular expertise in protection orders
  • trial assistance and disciplinary hearing preparation programmes
  • workshops and discussions on a variety of issues, including masculinity, race and gender.

It also offers:

  • networking with relevant stakeholders and role players
  • setting up electronic databases and communication systems
  • presentations on available services
  • advice and assistance to staff and students on a variety of legal issues


DISCHO was reviewed in 2015 following criticism about its effectiveness in addressing sexual violence and harassment on campus. In 2016 the Sexual Assault Response Team was established to strengthen existing service delivery to the university community.

DISCHO contact details: 

Director: Francois Botha
Administrative Officer: Rashieda Khan
Office Tel: 021 650 3530
After-hours: 072 393 7824

Discrimination & Harassment Office
The Cottage
Lovers' Walk
Lower Campus South