A Message From the Dean

28 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog
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Dear Students, 

Welcome to the summer semester at LUJ! 

We hope the first week of the summer semester is going well for all of you. As you probably know, the Japanese government has begun lifting the state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of Japan. While this is encouraging news, you need to be patient and expect LUJ summer classes to continue online for the foreseeable future in order to ensure your health and safety and that of the faculty, and staff. 

At this point, we still do not know exactly when we can return to live classroom teaching and learning, but the LUJ administration is continuing to monitor the situation closely and planning the appropriate timing and measures that will help us to safely re-open the campus. 

We will notify you directly by email, as well as through the LUJ blog, when we decide to re-open the campus.  The reopening will most likely be in stages and perhaps for targeted groups of students to ensure that there is adequate and safe personal space in the classrooms and public areas. As you know, social distancing is still crucial to prevent you and others from suffering from the coronavirus in a new wave of infection.

For those of you currently residing outside of Tokyo, we understand you may need additional time to relocate and secure your housing before you are able to attend classes. We will do our utmost to support you in relocating.  We know this will require us to be flexible to ensure your return to Tokyo and LUJ classes is as worry-free and as smooth as possible. 

We wish to thank you for your patience and understanding during this pandemic and your willingness to adapt to the changes in the traditional learning environment. We are amazed at how adaptable you have become and how responsible and mature you have grown. Still, we understand that with growth and adaptability comes a great deal of stress. Do not feel you have to bear this stress alone. The staff members in the Student Affairs office are eager to help you, and you can make appointments with our professional counselor, Dr. Kawanishi, to discuss the anxiety, stress and personal problems that are troubling you. Don’t hesitate to use the support services LUJ is offering.

You can also get personal one-on-one assistance with your academic or language classes from the tutors through the online Learning Center. The tutors can help answer those questions about the subject you are taking that you feel too embarrassed or timid to ask your instructor. Make an appointment, and let a tutor help ease your worries and concerns.

Although the conditions of the pandemic have improved here in Tokyo, we feel it is important to continue monitoring and assessing the best way to re-open the campus for you to safely return to the campus.. We wish you the best in these early weeks of the summer semester, and please remember we are here for you.

Thank you for your patience, continue the great work in your classes and keep up your laudable spirit.

Sincerely,

 

Alan Brender

Dean

Lakeland University Japan

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