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10 April 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Students (Academic program), 

The following message from the Dean regarding final grade change opportunities has also been sent to your LUJ email account. Please read the message posted below and contact your academic advisor if you have any questions. 

Thank you. 

 

A Message from the Dean

Dear Students,

I realize that the past six weeks have been very difficult for you, since you have had to take your classes online and haven’t been able to talk face-to-face with your instructors, classmates or friends. For some, the technical challenges were almost overwhelming and the sense of isolation dispiriting; yet you soldiered on and completed your courses. These are difficult times. LUJ put the courses online to protect you and your family members from contact with the COVID-19 virus.

We don’t know yet, if we can hold in-person classes next semester, but we have moved the starting date for the summer term to May 25 in hopes it will be safe to hold live classes by then, but we can’t guarantee it in these uncertain times. A more detailed report on the semester dates will be sent to you separately. As we continue to work together through these extraordinary times, we will continue to offer you as much assistance as we can.

 

Opportunity to Change Your Grades

With that in mind, the faculty at main campus in Wisconsin has approved a one-time opportunity for students to convert letter grades to “pass” at the end of the Spring 2020 Term. This means that you can request that low grades be changed to P grades, which will not affect your GPA. It is up to you how many grades you would like to change. 

 

F grades cannot be changed.

 

All students will receive a grade for their coursework for Spring 2020. However, due to the unusual circumstances of the Spring 2020 term, you will be allowed a one-time opportunity to convert letter grades to “pass,” Requests for conversion may not be rescinded once approved.

You may elect to change a course grade of D (1.0) or higher to “pass”.  Changing the grade could improve your GPA, as the “pass’ grade is not factored into your GPA, whereas a D grade or higher would be.

 

Maintaining your GPA may be an important factor those of you attempting to;

 

    Maintain or return to good academic standing

    Maintain or return to good academic standing for financial aid

    Maintain or improve your GPA for academic honors at graduation

    Maintain or qualify for a scholarship

    Maintain eligibility to continue studying in the country as an international student

If you choose “pass’ instead of a letter grade, you should be aware that there is no uniform consideration of grades of “pass” by other universities or employers. Therefore, it is vital that you carefully consider your personal goals and the implications of your decision in consultation with your academic advisor. This is especially important if you wish to transfer to a competitive university after you finish your AA degree. Those of you receiving military benefits should be careful, as the VA has not ruled on the impact grades of “pass” have on eligibility. 

 

How to Change Your Grade

 

1.    Consult with your academic advisor first;

2.    Decide which courses for which you wish to changes the grades;

3.    Send an email message to your advisor or the Academic Affairs office if you have questions;

4.    You may choose to keep the letter grade in some courses and convert other grades to “pass”;

5.    Send your request to change a grade or grades to the Academic Affairs office at  with the information listed below.

 

Information Needed for Grade Change

 

The following information needs to be included in your request to change a grade, or several grades, when you send it to the Academic Affairs Department:

1. Full name:

2. LUJ I.D. number:

3. LUW I.D. number:

4. Course code and section (e.g. GEN 100.J2):

5. Title of the course (e.g. Writing Workshop):

6. Grade shown on My.Lakeland:

7. Note that you wish to change the grade to P:

Do this for each grade you wish changed.

 

The deadline will be April 24 at 5 p.m.  Do not miss this deadline.

 

I hope this unusual opportunity will help you maintain your GPA during this difficult time. Be sure to consult with your advisors. Please take care and stay safe.

 

Alan Brender

Dean

Lakeland University Japan

09 April 2020 By In LUJ Blog

LUJ Book club Roth flyer 1

LUJ students, faculty, and staff, 

Social distancing doesn't have to mean complete isolation; it's what you make of it, and you can thank professor Tompkins and our librarian Charles for providing more opportunities.  They will be implementing a book club starting this month, and would love to have everyone take part.  Sessions will be held through Zoom, and the book of focus will be Nemesis by Philip Roth; recipient of the 2011 Man Booker Prize.  Needless to say, you will be in for an interesting story.  Professor Tompkins provides a brief synopsis in descibing the book as "...a fictional account of a polio outbreak in Newark during World War II that examines the effects of fear and anxiety on the family and larger community during an epidemic".  He goes on to say, "It is a timely book given our current circumstances".  Oh, and by the way, the first five students to join will receive a copy of Nemesis FOR FREE!  Who says that social distancing can't have its perks, huh?

If you would like to get involved in a club doing great things and focusing on interesting literature, please reach out by contacting one of the following e-mail addresses:

Tompkins:  

Charles:  

 

-Student Affairs

07 April 2020 By In LUJ Blog

To all students, faculty, and staff, 

As we learn more about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continuing to spread and affect many parts of Tokyo and the rest of the world, LUJ has decided to significantly reduce it's number of on-campus employees for the foreseeable future. A small number of employees will be on-campus (main buidling only) Monday through Friday, only between the hours of 10:00am - 5:00pm. Students and faculty with a request or need to stop by the campus should first contact the appropriate office and schedule an appointment. 

Any student who needs to request official documentation from the school (certificate of enrollment, syllabi, etc.) should contact the Student Affairs department directly at . Documentation requests and delivery / pickup methods can be arranged directly. 

LUJ continues to monitor the situation closely and will continue updating and announcing decisions and confirmed schedules for the Summer 2020 semester via the LUJ blog. Students are advised to check the LUJ website at least once a week throughout the break, and to continuing checking their LUJ email accounts for additional communication coming from faculty and staff. 

We ask everyone to keep in mind the importance of social distancing during this extraordinary time. The best way to get through these challenging times together is by taking care of ourselves and being mindful of others. We are all anxiously awaiting the time we reunite back on campus, and your faculty and staff applaud your efforts and hard work so far throughout the online transition. Though from a distance, please remember the LUJ staff and faculty will continue to be available and we encourage you to stay in touch. 

 

30 March 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear all Academic students,

As your instructor may have informed you already, final exams will be held ONLINE as they are scheduled (please refer SP20 Final Exam Schedule) UNLESS there is update from your instructor.
Please make sure when and how your exams would be given and ask your instructor if you have any further questions.  

Academic Affairs

24 March 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear International Students, 

As you probably know, we are facing a serious pandemic with the COVID-19 virus. It is affecting not only people’s health but also their ability to conduct business, to hold down jobs and to travel. Many countries are closing their borders and restricting or banning international travel. Airlines are severely limiting the number of international flights.  Travelers, when they reach their destinations, are often requested, or even compelled, to be quarantined for at least two weeks.

The American government has issued a warning to citizens living overseas that if they want to return to the US, they need to do it immediately. Other countries are also urging citizens to return or to be prepared to stay where they are for an indefinite period of time. Please check with your embassy on what your country recommends. The US embassy has issued the following statement:

“In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel.”

You can find the U.S. Embassy Japan’s COVID-19 page here: http://jp.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information. It is regularly reviewed and updated. You can also follow on Twitter @usembassytokyo and @ACSToko to see emergency alerts.

It is time for you to make a decision – whether you want to return home to your country or to remain in Japan. If you postpone your decision too long, you may have no choice but to remain in Japan.  If you decide to return to your home country, please make your travel plans soon. Many airlines are offering significant discounts because of the reduction in the number of passengers. At the same time, they are offering fewer flights. Some airlines are no longer offering international flights. If you return to your home country, it is uncertain when you can return. Soon Japan will institute a 14-day quarantine on arriving visitors, so if you return at a later date you may face being quarantined.

This may be one of the biggest decisions of your life, so make it carefully. Consult with your parents and/or other people in your home country, as they may advise you not to return at this time. Be prepared to spend at least 14 days in quarantine after landing in your home country.

LUJ will try to support you as best we can. For this semester, you can complete your LUJ coursework online wherever you go. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss your options, please contact the Student Affairs department at . We are here to help. Next semester is still planned to start on May 4, and a decision will be made at a later date whether we will hold in person or online classes. The staff, faculty and I will do our best to provide you with the best guidance possible in these uncertain times. Keep in touch with us. Please remember to fill out the online travel form before you depart.

In the meantime stay safe by following the guidelines provided by health services.

For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations and their COVID-19 website.

22 March 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Online Tutoring Available for LUJ Students

LUJ Learning Center is offering online tutoring in 25 academic and EAP subjects.

Sign-up in 3 Easy Steps

1. Check the Schedule: Look at the Online Learning Center Schedule (view it on Google Docs)

2. Choose a Tutor for your subject, a day and time, then click on the tutor's name or the provided Calendly link and reserve the tutor, day, and time. You will be reminded by Calendly on the day of your appointment.

3. Meet your Tutor: At the appointed time simply click on the Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/7199753479 to start your tutoring session.

Additionally, flexible scheduling may be available for these tutors. Email Charles at or ask your tutor during your tutoring session.

Chris: https://calendly.com/lujlearningcenter/chris
Haku: https://calendly.com/lujlearningcenter/haku
Kizuku: https://calendly.com/lujlearningcenter/kizuku
Mark: https://calendly.com/lujlearningcenter/mark
Mirena: https://calendly.com/lujlearningcenter/mirena
Zack: https://calendly.com/lujlearningcenter/zack

For further information contact Charles at

 

16 March 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Academic Students,

Due to the extention of the closure of the campus, Lakeland University Japan has decided to extend its Withdrawal Deadline from course(s) and from the semester (to take Leave of Absence) to 5:00 P.M. on March 19. 

Any students who wish to take this opportunity should read the previous post,  "Course Withdrawal Information (March 2)," carefully and follow the procedures listed on the page. Any request beyond the new deadline will not be accepted, so please be careful with the timing to process your request. 

Should you have any questions, please contact the Academic Affairs office at 03-3225-0426 or .

Academic Affairs

14 March 2020 By In LUJ Blog

IMPORTANT: Because of temporary issues with the my.lakeland software, Academic Students registering for Summer 2020 courses must register using a different method than usual. It is therefore necessary for you to watch the video at the link below. The video is about 8 ~ 9 minutes long, and demonstrates the correct way to sign up for classes in the coming week of registration.

If the video will not play below, click on this link to see the video on YouTube.

If the video below does not show good enough quality, please expand to make it full-screen, or else go to the YouTube page and watch it there.

Remember, if you do not watch this video, you may not be able to sign up for classes for Summer! Make sure you watch the video, pay attention, and sign up for courses in exactly the same way!

Also remember that if the "Course Search" function does not work properly, log out of my.lakeland, and then log back in and try again.

13 March 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear students registering for Summer 2020,

As it has been announced by Dr. Brender, the campus will be closed for the rest of the semester. Since the registration for the upcoming term can be done only online, we expect you can register without any problems next week. Please read the Registration Instructions that you received from your academic advisor carefully and follow the instructions. (Also available at http://luj.lakeland.edu/Inside-Lakeland/student-resources.)

On the Registration Instruction and Academic Registration Guide on the bottom of Class Schedule, it is explained that no telephone support will be provided. However, due to the current circumstances, we will accept phone inquiries when students encounter any technical issues. Please log into your My.Lakeland and keep your registration page open before and while you call us. There may be times we need to have a screenshot of your screen to identify the issue, so please be prepared. 

Please keep in mind that at 23:59 PM on March 19th, the online registration will shut down. For those who did not register online on their designated registration day and beyond, they will have to contact Academic Affairs to be able to register for available seats. 

Academic Affairs
Email: 
Phone: 03-3225-0426

13 March 2020 By In LUJ Blog

A Message from the Dean, Dr. Alan Brender

学部長 Dr.Alan Brenderからの新型コロナウィルスに関するメッセージ

 Dear Students,

I hope you are coping well with your online classes. LUJ’s administrators are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19, and have decided to continue all courses online for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. We greatly appreciate everyone’s efforts and cooperation as classes continue virtually, and want to remind you to communicate closely with your instructors. Information regarding final exams will be sent to all students in the near future.

The campus will remain closed to students for the rest of the teaching weeks. We are still evaluating how final exams will be administered as well as testing for other purposes.

 

TOEFL Tests and Placement Tests for New Academic Students

EAP and graduating students need to continue checking their LUJ email, as important updates regarding test dates, times, and locations will be sent soon.

Students with Travel Plans

We are requiring any students who have recently or will travel outside of Japan to fill out an online “Travel Plan Survey”, which will be sent to your email from the Student Affairs office shortly. Students returning from a high-risk area, or who believe they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, will be asked to self-isolate for the recommended period of 14 days prior to returning to the LUJ campus. The most updated information can be found on the CDC website page for Travel Health Notices.

How to Minimize the Risk to Exposure

As the spread of COVID-19 continues, it becomes ever-more important to do everything you can to minimize the risk of exposure. This includes:

1. Avoiding unnecessary large crowds and contact with people who have contracted the virus,

2. Avoid traveling to areas which may be at high risk,

3. Maintaining proper hygiene methods.

 

レイクランド大学では新型コロナウイルスに関する経緯を慎重に見守っており、2020年春学期の残りの期間は全てオンラインでの授業を継続することを決定しました。これまでの皆さんの努力とご協力に感謝するとともに、インストラクターとは引き続き密にコミュニケーションを図るようお願いします。期末試験に関する情報についても、全学生に対して通知される予定です。

残りの学期期間中も学校設備は引き続き利用できません。期末試験及びその他のテストをどのように実施するかについては現在検討中です。

TOEFLおよび新アカデミック生用Placement testsについて

TOEFL実施の日付、時間、場所など、重要なお知らせが近々ありますので、EAP生及び卒業予定の学生は大学のメールアカウントを引き続きチェックしてください。

渡航予定がある学生へ

最近日本国外へ渡航した学生、または今後渡航予定がある学生は、来週以降学生課がメール配信するオンラインサーベイの「Travel Plan Survey」に記入してください。リスクの高い地域から帰国した学生、または新型コロナウイルスに接触があったと思われる学生は、LUJキャンパスに戻る前に14日間、外出を避けて自宅にとどまってください。最新情報はCDCのページ( https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices)で確認できます。

感染リスクを最小化するために

新型コロナウイルスの拡散は続いています。以下を実践し、感染リスクを抑えるよう最大限の努力をお願いします。

  •      人混みを避け、感染可能性の高い人との接触を控える。
  •      リスクの高い地域への旅行を避ける
  •      適切な衛生対策を実践する

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