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01 July 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Students,

Due to the ever-changing Coronavirus pandemic situation, the LUJ administration has decided to postpone the advising period by a week.  The period will now start the week of July 14, instead of the week starting July 7, and it will end on July 24. We have changed the dates to allow the administration more time to create the class schedule for the Fall term. The start of the registration period will also be moved back a week from July 20 to July 27. The withdrawal deadline for students will stay the same. 

This postponement means you will have a little more time before you need to meet with your advisor to discuss the classes you wish to take next semester. Nonetheless, you should try to contact your advisor soon to set up an appointment, so that you can be among the first they advise.  

At present, we do not have a schedule for next semester because we are still analyzing the data from the survey you recently completed to help make our decisions. I am very grateful to all of you who took time to complete the survey. Based on the results of the student and faculty surveys, we will decide how many, if any, classes will be held on campus and how many will be online.  Even if some classes will be held on campus, you, as a student, can choose to follow the class online. 

New dates for Advising and Registration

Advising       BeginsJuly 14
                      Ends  July 24

Registration    Starts July 27
                         Ends July 30

Thanks for being patient, and I hope your classes are going well. 

Dr. Alan Brender

26 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear students,

 As we start re-opening the campus for some of the EAP TOEFL workshops and Academic classes, we have created a COVID-19 guideline for students. This resource has also been added to the Students Resources page.

 We would like all of you to take a look at this guideline even if you are not planning to come to campus in the near future. For students who have any plans on coming to the campus, please take a look before your visit the school.

Student Affairs



来週からEAP生向けのTOEFL Workshopや教養課程の一部の授業を対面で行うにあたり、新型コロナウィルスに関するLUJ生向けのガイドラインを作成し、Student Resroucesのページにアップいたしました。日々の生活においての注意点、登校に関する基準等が書かれています。



24 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Academic Students,

Due to the continuous closure of the LUJ campus, we will use the same procedure from the previous semester for Course Withdrawal to best accommodate the current situation. For those who wish to withdraw from a course, please carefully read our advice and follow the instructions shown below.



  1. Before you make up your mind on withdrawing from a course, please make sure that you consult with your instructor to find the true status of your course progress. Your instructor may have a different view on your outcome of your final grade.
  2. No payment refunds (including time and efforts you have already invested).
  3. Your expected graduation term may be extended due to the shortage of credit hours by withdrawing from a course this term.
  4. The course level that you can register for may be affected.
  5. If you are on the school-sponsored visa, you may not reduce your workload below nine semester hours after withdrawing from one or more courses. If you also repeatedly withdraw from courses and slow down on your academic progress, you may increase the chance of not getting your student visa renewed by the Immigration Bureau.



Instead of coming to the Academic Affairs office to pick up the withdrawal form, the students who wish to withdraw from a course may send an email request.

     Please send your request to the following parties:
               To: Academic Affairs ()
               CC: Your Instructor and Academic Advisor

     Required information to include in order to successfully withdraw from your course:
               Full Name:
               LUJ Student ID:
               LUW Student ID:
               Course Code and Section (e.g. GEN100.J1):
               Title of course (e.g. Writing Workshop):
               Credit hours (e.g. 1 cr., 3 cr., or 4 cr.):
               Do you have a school-sponsored visa? (Answer by Yes or No):
               Do you receive military benefits? (Answer by Yes or No):
               Do you receive U.S. Financial Aid? (Answer by Yes or No):


Should you have any questions, please contact Academic Affairs at

Academic Affairs

18 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Students,

Many of you are very eager to return to your classrooms, teachers and friends, but, to safeguard your health, we do not want to rush the opening of the school. Here are some updates on visiting the campus, which have been revised as of June 19, 2020. 

June 22 -26:

You will be able to visit the library with an appointment to check out books, use reference materials in the library, make photocopies, and spend a limited amount of time at a computer in the library. The librarian will be there multiple days throughout the week. Make an appointment with Mr. Laurier () by e-mail, as seating will be restricted to ensure proper social distancing. 

You can also make appointments with staff members in the student or academic affairs offices. The counselor is available online should you wish to seek her assistance in coping with the heavy stress many of you feel. You can make an appointment with the counselor through the Student Affairs office or directly with her if you have had previous meetings.

I am proud at how mature and innovative all of you have become in adjusting to your online courses and overcoming the many technical, scheduling, economic and personal difficulties you have faced. I know you will continue to be vigilant and health conscious. If you decide to visit the campus this week, take the following precautions:

  • checking your temperature before coming in. If you have a temperature of 37.5, please refrain from coming to the campus
  • wearing a facemask (required)
  • keeping as much distance from other passengers on the trains as you can
  • avoiding close contact with your friends, classmates, staff and faculty members
  • utilizing the hand disinfectant when entering the campus and frequently washing your hands  


June 29 - July 3:

1) EAP students: faculty will hold voluntary two-hour workshops offering tactics for improving TOEFL scores for interested students. These workshops are available to all EAP students regardless of level. However, space is limited, so only those with appointments will be admitted.

These voluntary workshops will be held instead of the earlier announced live classes.  You need to make an appointment if you wish to participate. The early session will be from 11:00 - 13:00, and the later session from 13:30 - 15:30. The workshops will be held for three weeks. Your EAP class schedule may change to accommodate the workshops, so please talk with your EAP instructors for details.  

2) Academic students: Mondays will be reserved for a few academic courses, such as Public Speaking, Drawing or Web Design. The first in-person Public Speaking class will take place on Monday, July 6. Please check with your instructor for details.


Most academic and EAP classes will continue online for the rest for the semester in order to protect you during this time of the Covid 19 pandemic. We hope to reopen more classes, if not all, in the fall semester, but it is too early to make any promises.  Please be patient.

Remember that the campus is reopening to allow you educational opportunities.  It is still too dangerous to hold social activities. We know you have not seen many of your LUJ friends in a long time, but this is not the time to hug them or to sit in closely-knit groups. Maintain your distance to stay healthy and to ensure your friends stay healthy too.

As time goes on, and conditions become clearer, we will inform you of any further developments. Please be patient.

Thank you, 


Alan Brender


Lakeland University Japan

18 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog
Dear Students,
Financial Affairs will send you an important email regarding how LUJ will send invoices to you, so please check your LUJ email.

Thank you for your cooperation.

10 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog

To All LUJ Academic students,

This is an announcement regarding the ALEKS Placement Assessment, a web-based math placement test.
ALEKS math test for this semester is scheduled on Monday, July 6th (Time:TBA).  
However, we might need to change the schedule and method depending on how many students are planning to take the ALEKS math test this semester.
If you wish to take this assessment test this semester, please send us an email to Academic Affairs ( by Tuesday, June 16th to sign up.
Since the decision of the testing date and time will be finalized after we determine the number of students who signed up for the test, the late sign-up will not be accepted.
Please make your decision and make sure to contact us by June 16th.
Should you have any questions, please let us know.
Thank you,
Academic Affairs
08 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear Students,

I hope your classes are going well and that the technical difficulties of taking classes online are diminishing.  As the COVID-19 pandemic seems to be ebbing, many rumors have begun surfacing about when LUJ will be reopened and classes will be offered again in person.

Many of you are very eager to return to your classrooms, teachers and friends, but to safeguard your health, we do not want to rush the opening of the school, so we will do it in stages.


Stage 1: June 8 - June 12 (limited appointments for specific purposes)

I am happy to announce that the first stage will begin this week.  In this stage, you can visit the campus for a specific purpose (i.e. pick up items left behind, take books out of the library, meet with staff members, pay school fees, etc.). Appointments must be made in advance by sending an email to the person you wish to see, waiting for a positive response, and then visiting the campus at the appointed date and time

You can make appointments between 11:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. The librarian will be available Thursday and Friday this week. Check with staff on their availability.  The last appointment should be at 3:30.


Stage 2: June 15 - June 19 (limited time for expanded visits)

Stage 2 will start next week.  You will be able to check reference materials in the library for short periods of time, make photocopies, and spend a limited amount of time at a computer in the library. Please remember to keep proper social distance, to wear a face mask (required), and disinfect your hands frequently.


Stage 3: June 22 - TBA (limited return of EAP / Academic courses)

While most EAP sections will remain online, some specific EAP classes (HB and LI) will begin meeting on campus from Tuesday through Friday. Monday classes will continue through the current zoom platforms. 

The EAP class schedules will be restructured to meet between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Students will be given the choice each day to either attend the class in person, or continue participating in the live class via Zoom.  Only larger classrooms that allow for proper social distancing will be used, and teachers will inform their students of the new room assignments. 

Mondays will be reserved for a few academic courses as needed, such as Public Speaking, Drawing or Web Design. Students unable or unwilling to attend live classes may continue participating online. The instructors will notify you whether there will be any changes in the venue of your class(es).

Most academic and EAP classes will continue online for the rest for the semester in order to protect you during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope to reopen most classes, if not all in the fall semester, but it is too early to make any promises.  Please be patient and follow the communication and updates from your teachers. Remember that the campus is reopening to allow you educational opportunities.  It is still too dangerous to hold social activities. 

If you do come to the campus, please follow all the safeguards listed below. 


On-Campus Safeguards (may change due to changing conditions)

1. All students visiting the campus must wear a mask (required)

2. Maintain social distancing 

3. Do not remain on campus outside of class time to socialize in groups

4. If attending a class, you must record your temperature that morning. If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees, please stay home and participate online. 


We know you have not seen many of your LUJ friends in a long time, but this is not the time to group or to sit in closely-knit groups. Maintain your distance to stay healthy.

As time goes on, and conditions become clearer, we will inform you of any further developments. Please be patient, and continue the great work you have put forth so far this semester. 



Alan Brender


Lakeland University Japan

02 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog

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Whether you have artistic talent or not, the My Lockdown gallery contest is not only a great way for anyone to get involved with LUJ, but also to express what this time period of social distancing meant to you.  This event is brought to you by Charles, your school librarian, and professor Tompkins, who would love to see the diverse array of skill sets harbored amongst our very talented student, staff, faculty, and alumni body.  We hope to see many submissions from all of you.  Submit your photo, short video (under 1 minute) or any other art work by June 30.  A vote will determine the winners and all works will be shown on Gallery 5712's website. Prizes will be awarded for the best work in each category.
-Student Affairs
02 June 2020 By In LUJ Blog

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LUJ students,

It looks like the LUJ Book Club is at it again this semester with yet another intriguing as well as timely book selection.  Take a look at the following message from Dr. Tompkins for more information on how to get involved:


Hi everyone,

Please consider joining the LUJ Book Club this semester. The club started over the April break and it was a really enjoyable experience. Students and faculty participated in the club and I think we all agree that the discussions about the story and contemporary parallels proved to be one of the high points of every week. We have another promising book, Human Acts, lined up for the summer semester. It was written by the award-winning South Korean author Han Kang.

Human Acts (book description)

Gwangju, South Korea, 1980. In the wake of a viciously suppressed student uprising, a boy searches for his friend’s corpse, a consciousness searches for its abandoned body, and a brutalized country searches for a voice. Through interconnected chapters the victims and people in mourning encounter censorship, denial, forgiveness, and the echoing agony of the original trauma.

With the tumultuous developments in the world today, this book will likely generate plenty of opportunity for comparison and a rich discussion. The reading will be divided into several parts so that it will be easy to balance with your coursework.

Students, alumni, faculty, and staff are invited to participate. At least the first five students to join will receive a free copy of the book.

If you are interested, please contact: Adam Tompkins (), Charles Laurier (), or Ryan Rashotte ().

-Student Affairs

29 May 2020 By In LUJ Blog

Dear LUJ students,

This is an update regarding the Japanese Government’s financial support documentation titled “Emergency Student Support Handout” (”学生支援緊急給給付金”). We have sent an email to all students providing instructions and the application form.

Please carefully read the guidelines attached to the email. If you are eligible for the application, fill out the application form and submit it (in PDF format) to along with any necessary supporting documents. No applications will be accepted after June 10th (however, supporting documents will be accepted if submitted by June15th in the event it is difficult for you to submit them by the due date).  

Incomplete or insufficient submissions will be automatically rejected due to time constraints. In addition, please be aware that the funding we are assigned is limited, and therefore it is not guaranteed that you will receive funding even if you satisfy the eligibility criteria. 

Please also note that applicants may be contacted for interviews between June 15th and 16th if found necessary.

Student Affairs




メールに添付されているガイドラインの内容をよく読み、該当される方は、申請書に記入の上、PDF形式にて添付書類とともに6月10日までに にお送りください。6月10日を過ぎて送信された申請は受け付けできません。(ただし、添付書類が間に合わない場合は、15日まで受付が可能です。) 




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