IMPORTANT NOTICE Regarding Classes and Activities for the Fall (Autumn) Semester, 2020 (Extension of Online Classes for 3rd and 4th terms)
(Reference link: Measures for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19, July 9, 2020)
Thus, drawing on our philosophy, I think that it is important for Musashino University to prioritize the safety of our students, staff and community, and to prevent the spread of infection under the present circumstances, notwithstanding the cancellation of the State of Emergency. We have determined that starting face-to-face sessions may result in clusters being generated or the infection spreading, given that many students, both domestic and international students, are based outside Tokyo and around the Kanto area and will need to commute some distance every day.
We have therefore determined that Musashino University will extend the online learning period in the second semester (the third and fourth terms) of this academic year while continuing to encourage thorough measures to prevent infection.
Please note that in the event we determine that the implementation of on-campus activities such as experiments, workshops, and practical training, and off-campus activities such as workshops are essential and that such implementation is feasible, we will be contacting relevant individuals as necessary. Our priority, of course, will be to continue to monitor all measures to prevent the risk of infection.
Should the risks surrounding COVID-19 subside within this academic year and we determine that face-to-face sessions in classrooms can be conducted, we may start face-to-face sessions and will make an announcement to that effect.
As you will be aware Musashino University has implemented measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection for some now and will continue to do so. The three key points of the policy are:
(1) avoiding the risk of infection for everyone associated with the University community
(2) fulfill our social responsibility to minimize the spread of infection in metropolitan Tokyo
(3) continue to provide an online educational experience, with as little disruption as possible to students.
We will, as a community, remain vigilant. In the present circumstances, we must be aware of the possibility of infections or cases among our students, staff and perhaps their families. In the event of cases arising among our community, or on our campuses, we will have to implement measures such as closing down buildings or the campus or return to restrictions regarding entry to the university. We have contingencies in place to respond to cases where a university member might be affected by an acquaintance or another contact, or in the event another State of Emergency is declared. We request your understanding in the event that we are required to review our operations with regard to face-to-face and online classes. Please understand that we have not taken the decision lightly to continue with online classes for the second semester, and that the decision was made with everybody’s welfare, health and best interests in mind.
Musashino University places great importance on continuing to learn and responding to contemporary challenges. Learning means to overcome the limits of oneself or the world. The situation in which we are in at the moment gives us a valuable opportunity to think about the limits of our own sensitivity, thoughts, knowledge and experience and of humanity in general. To push these limits, a number of challenges are being met even now by engaging our wisdom. Even in this situation where we are threatened by COVID-19, the University will continue to work to enhance our educational programs to the extent that each of our students can cultivate for themselves a memorable university experience, an experience that will make them feel pride in being a graduate of Musashino University.
President, Musashino University