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22 April 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Students, 

The Student Handbook for 2020-2021 is now available on the Student Resources page of the LUJ web site (

Please don't hesitate to contact us via e-mail if you have any questions, problems, concerns or news that you would like to share with us. Though we are not able to meet face to face, we really do care about you and are always happy to hear from you

 Student Affairs

13 April 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Important Notice - Summer 2020 Starting Date

To all students, faculty, and staff, 

Due to the continuing conditions of the coronavirus, LUJ has decided to postpone the start of the Summer 2020 semester until May 25, 2020. Summer classes for both EAP and Academic programs will now be held from May 25th - August 14th. LUJ's administration continues monitoring the situation closely, and if the campus is unable to reopen by May 25th all classes will be moved online until further notice. Students should take special note that classes - either in-person or online - will be held even on traditionally scheduled national holidays throughout the summer term. 

Naturally, our hope is for a quick return to the traditional in-person classes, but the health and safety of the LUJ community is our top priority. The decision to begin summer classes in-person or online will be announced in mid-May, as we continue assessing the best ways for you to continue your Lakeland education. 

New incoming students and those transitioning from EAP to the Academic program will be receiving additional details by email regarding updates for orientations, placement testing, and summer course registration. 

If you have any questions regarding the summer calendar or upcoming semester, please contact . Even remotely, LUJ staff and faculty continue offering our student support services, and we are here to help you any way we can. 

Thank you. 

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


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:




-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: 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: 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.


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.

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