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(2020.4.22) Policy regarding the classes of the 2020 Spring Semester (1st and 2nd term)

About the cancellation of in-person classes for the 1st term

[To the new and current HU students]

At Hiroshima University, with the highest priority given to the health and safety of students and faculty members, we have provided students with the opportunity to learn as much as possible and have maintained the educational and research activities of students and faculty members. One of them is that we will start the first term class online from Wednesday, April 8th, and the face-to-face class was scheduled to start on Thursday, May 7th, after the consecutive holidays.

However, because the situation of novel coronavirus infection in Japan is getting worse, we decided that it would be difficult to start the face-to-face class, and decided to cancel the face-to-face class during the first term and provide only online classes. Regarding the second term starting from Tuesday, June 16th, we will inform you based on the situation at the end of May.

※Please note that the following schedule may be subject to postponement should there be a drastic change in the circumstances regarding the spread of the coronavirus infections from this point of time onwards. If that were to happen, we would promptly notify them on HU's website.

Regarding classes

  • (Updated on April 21, 2020) The face-to-face class of the 1st term will be canceled. The second term from Tuesday, June 16th will be judged based on the situation at the end of May.
  • (Updated on April 21, 2020) All classes scheduled to be held face-to-face after Thursday, May 7th, will be conducted online or at home. Please check the syllabus and “Momiji” class notices after Friday, May 1st for information on how to implement each class.
  • HU will actively promote remote learning and on-demand classes by using the online learning support system (Bb9) and ICT equipment.
  • Regarding in-person classes, HU will maintain a safe learning environment by taking the following measures: hold lectures in larger rooms (according to the number of students), conduct classes every other week to reduce the number of students taking a class at the same time and assure the frequent ventilation of classrooms.
  • If you do not feel well, please refrain from going to classes/lectures; instead, contact the professor in charge by e-mail (Except when attending online classes). If a student had to be absent from classes, he/she shall be provided with backup measures (i.e. assignments or reports) by HU as the university thinks these constitute unforeseen circumstances, and hence the student in question should not suffer any detrimental treatment by the system.
  • Details on the implementation of classes will be announced on Momiji (HU’s student portal). A student number and password are required to use Momiji.
  • The class completion for the 1st term will be extended one week from June 9 (Tue) to June 15 (Mon). The 2nd term will start on June 16 (Tue) and end on August 13 (Thu).
  • To secure the number of school days, classes may be recovered on the extra week at the end of the 1st term, weekend classes, and supplementary online classes.

Regarding the Student Health Checkup 2020

  • The student health checkup scheduled between April 2 (Thu) and May 1 (Fri) will be canceled.
  • The new schedule and methods for the health checkup will be subject to further reviews by considering the extent of infection and social conditions in Japan. The latest schedule and general instructions will become available on the Health Service Center’s website as soon as HU comes to a decision. If you are currently an HU student, please check Momiji for more information.

How to prevent infections

  • Please ensure adequate nutrition and sleep. Check your health status every day (daily temperature, presence of any respiratory symptoms, etc.).
  • You are advised to practice regular hand washing and appropriate coughing etiquette (i.e. always wear a mask).
  • If you have a fever or experience respiratory symptoms, please refrain from coming to the university and rest at home.
  • If you have any of the following symptoms, consult the nearest "Center for Japanese Returnees and Potential Contacts" (Hiroshima Prefecture: Coronavirus Help Desk [Public Health Center])
    A rough guide as to when to seek advice from the help desk:
    (1)Those who have been with cold symptoms or with a fever of 37.5 degrees or higher, for more than 4 days (the same will apply for those who have had to be on antipyretics or fever-reducing medicine for more than 4 days).
    (2)Those who are with severe drowsiness (malaise) or difficulty in breathing (dyspnea).
  • When attending in-person classes or eating/drinking in the cafeteria, please make sure to keep a distance from other people sitting around you.
  • Avoid being in direct contact with others and talking face-to-face in closed spaces with poor ventilation.

To the new and current HU students who cannot enter Japan

There is a sense of anxiety arising from the fact that many students will not be able to enter or return to Japan in April. HU is currently considering ways to minimize the disadvantages for students in this situation and will respond accordingly. If you have any concerns, please contact the School/Graduate School of your affiliation.

[Inquires]
Hiroshima University, Education Promotion Group

E-mail: gsyugakukm-group*office.hiroshima-u.ac.jp (Please replace * with @)


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