Yesterday, due to the spread of novel coronavirus infections, Japan’s government declared a state of emergency based on the amended version of the Special Measures Act to Counter New Types of Influenza. (The declaration takes effect on April 7 in seven prefectures including Tokyo, and is valid for one month until May 6.)
As already announced, Musashino University is taking action against the spread of novel coronavirus infections with three basic policies: (1) avoid the risk of infecting the students and other parties related to Musashino University; (2) fulfill our social responsibility to minimize the spread of infections in metropolitan Tokyo; and (3) maintain the level of education as much as possible by minimizing the impact on it.
Based on these basic policies, we will start online classes on April 9 as scheduled and, in principle, prohibit related parties, including students, from entering our campuses in response to the declaration of a state of emergency. Basically, our faculty and staff will work from home.
Off-limits period at each campus: Wednesday, April 8 to Wednesday, May 6 (subject to change)
(The period may be extended, depending on the future spread of infections.)
*In principle, students, guardians and visitors are not allowed to enter our campuses during this period.
*The office will be closed during this period. Staff will start working from home in stages as follows.
Wednesday, April 8 to Friday, April 10: We will accept calls during the shortened office hours (10:00–15:00).
Monday, April 13 to Wednesday, May 6: We will not accept visitors and calls. Please contact us by email. Please understand that responses may take longer than usual.
*If you have any questions during this period, be sure to first check the FAQs. Contact us here only if answers to the FAQs do not solve your problem. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
I imagine that students are very worried about classes and job hunting. We are sorry for these inconveniences. However, please bear in mind that, the most important thing right now is to do your best to avoid getting infected and spreading the infection. Again, we to ask you to continue behaving appropriately and with a sense of responsibility, carefully taking measures against infection and monitoring your health.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
April 8, 2020
President, Musashino University