【University Students】Guidelines on Class Instruction for AY 2020 First Semester

To Students of All Faculties and Graduate Schools 

April 2, 2020

Guidelines on Class Instruction for AY 2020 First Semester

The University is scheduled to begin classes for the First Semester of AY 2020 on 9 April (Thursday). Given current concerns over the Covid-19 outbreak, all students are requested to understand and abide by the following guidelines.

While the University is committed to doing its utmost to ensure the health and safety of the campus population, in particular the prevention of infection clusters and community-spread, we would like for all students remain socially aware, and exercise mindfulness and civic responsibility at all times.  

1. Changes to methods of class/lecture instruction

1-1. A portion of the University’s classes will not be conducted in the usual, face-to-face format, with changes to instruction mediums (topic-based research assignments, online learning etc.). In other cases, classes may be postponed to a later date. Students must inform themselves of such changes, which will be announced through the online academic information and syllabus portals as and when they take place. 

1-2. Students are requested to remain at home and refrain from coming to the University when attending classes conducted through online learning. Students without access to the internet may utilize the University Library and on-campus computer labs, although access may be restricted to regulate the number of people using such facilities at any one time.  

2. Points to note in face-to-face classes

2-1. Students must ensure that their hands are thoroughly washed and disinfected  before entering the classroom.  Students must abide by the instructions of the class instructor and wear face masks as a means of infection prevention when engaging in conversations, e.g. during peer or group work.

2-2. When in classrooms, students must be seated at least one seat apart and exercise maximum effort in maintaining physical distance from others. 

 3 Requests for Cooperation

3-1. Students must monitor their health by taking their body temperatures twice a day (morning and evening). Students must refrain from coming to the University if they feel unwell and inform their respective faculty office of their condition immediately. Students who have tested positive for Covid-19, or have been assessed to be at risk of contracting Covid-19 will be asked to take a leave of absence from classes. In this case, the University will ensure that students will not be assessed unfairly nor bear disadvantages as a result of the above.

3-2. Students are requested to consult the respective faculty office and/or their academic advisor if they need to consult on academic matters or campus life. 

3-3. Important information regarding classes will be announced on the University’s website, as well as the respective websites of each faculty/department. Students may also access their campus email and the University’s online education services portal for timely updates. Students are encouraged to check for the latest information at least once a day.

3-4. Students are requested to limit exposure to other people by avoiding enclosed spaces, crowded venues and close contact with other people. Everyone is susceptible to Covid-19; risk of infection can be reduced with the right information and forms of action. Following official requests from the prefecture of Okinawa, students must refrain from unnecessary travel of any kind, be it domestic (within Japan) or international.

For academic matters:

Updates on Covid-19:

Contact details for faculties and departments
Faculty/Department Staff in Charge Tel. No Email address
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Student matters 098-895-8188
Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Graduate School of Law Graduate School of Law 098-895-8091
Faculty of Global and Regional Studies Academic affairs 098-895-9053
Graduate School of Tourism Sciences
Faculty of Education/Graduate School of Education Academic affairs 098-895-8317
Faculty of Science/Graduate School of Engineering and Science (Science) Academic affairsFaculty of Medicine, Academic affairs/
Student support
Faculty of Medicine Faculty of Medicine, Academic affairs/
Student support
Graduate School of Medicine/Graduate School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Engineering/Graduate School of Engineering and Science (Engineering) Academic affairs 098-895-8583
Faculty of Engineering/Graduate School of Engineering and Science (Engineering) Academic affairs 098-895-8738
Student Services Division, Education Support Section General Education 098-895-8854

For inquiries:
Academic Affairs, Education support Section,
Student Services Division, University of the Ryukyus
TEL: 098-895-8849