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19 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear EAP students,

EAP Handbook 2020-2021 is now available on the Student Resources page. Please take a close look at the updated EAP polices and rules.

EAP Affairs

18 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear EAP students,

Summer 2020 EAP Term Calendar is now published on the Student Resouces pagePlease note that the classes will also be held on all national holidays.

EAP Affairs

08 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff

As you know, the Japanese government has extended the Covid 19 emergency until May 31.This means we will have to begin the summer semester with online courses. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you, but our first consideration is your health and safety.

At this point, we do not know when we can return to live classroom teaching and learning. We are living in unprecedented times when the whole world is facing a lethal pandemic and the future is unknown.  We have to wait (and I know you are tired of waiting) until it is safe to recommence holding  lessons in a classroom surrounded by friends and classmates.


The Summer classes will start on May 25 for academic students and on May 26 for EAP students. We are looking forward to seeing you in the virtual classrooms and providing you with the highest quality education we can under the circumstances.

The Learning Center will have more tutors available online for you to consult with and to ask the questions you hesitate to ask your instructors. Please use this service.  The staff in the Student Affairs and Academic Affairs offices are available to you by email and the counselor, Dr. Kawanishi, is available every Wednesday to help you relieve your stress and to conquer the pent up frustrations, personal and academic, you may be experiencing.

Many students have felt challenged by shifting from one platform to another for different classes because they felt it was time-consuming and frustrating.  To ease this frustration, we will reduce the number of platforms by focusing on Blackboard in the academic program, the same platform that all the other campuses of Lakeland University will use.  EAP classes will primarily use Zoom, as this platform better suits the needs of the students in this program. We hope to have some training sessions available for you to better understand the platform you will be primarily using.


Please adhere to the health guidelines repeated frequently every day – maintaining social distance when you are outside your home, wearing a mask and washing your hands frequently. If we all abide by these simple precautions, we may more quickly defeat the current affliction and return to a more normal life,

To keep up with the latest developments, please check the blog, your LUJ e-mail account, and our website.

Take care, stay healthy and see you online in a few weeks.


Dr. Alan Brender


Lakeland University Japan

07 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear EAP and Bridge students, 

Summer 2020 EAP Class Schedule is now available on the Student Resouces. Thank you.

EAP Affairs

07 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Academic Students, 

Summer 2020 Academic Term Calender is now available on the Student Resouces. Thank you.

Academic Affairs

07 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Academic Students, 

The Summer 2020 class schedule has been UPDATED (May 1 , 2020). Please go to the Student Resources page to view it or download a copy.

The courses listed below have been cancelled due to insuffiecent number of students.

    -Elementary Japanese I (JPS101.J1) 

    -Western Religious Traditions (REL233.J1) 

Thank you,

Academic Affairs 

01 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

LUJ students,

In accordance with the current public health situation, we will be mailing the new student ID card sticker to your current address.  Moreover, if you require any documents (e.g., verification of enrollment status) from Student Affairs, please contact us at .  Have a nice day and stay healthy.


-Student Affairs

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

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