To Kyushu University Students, Faculty & Staff:
In order to prevent further spread of infection following the discovery of several Kyushu University students infected with COVID-19, guidance levels were raised on August 6, 2020, to "Level 3: Restrictions (Medium)” as detailed in the "Kyushu University Guidance for Preventing the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).” I realize the inconvenience and difficulties that these restrictions have caused for the university body across a variety of activities, but, thanks to your understanding and cooperation, we have been able to stop any subsequent spread of infection on campus. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to all of the medical professionals for their tireless work on the front lines of this pandemic.
In light of the current situation, guidance levels have been lowered to “Level 2: Restrictions (Low)” as of Tuesday, September 1, 2020. Details regarding university guidance are available on the university website.
Students will, in principle, continue to take courses online for the fall semester. However, in-person instruction may be allowed for some courses and research guidance when required or desired. This will be decided at the discretion of the deans of each undergraduate and graduate school upon the careful consideration of student circumstances and needs, classroom sizes, the number of students, and educational impact. Moreover, just as before, it is still possible to take classes online from locations on campus.
With regard to extracurricular activities, students are still required to refrain from having contact with one another, but some in-person activities will be allowed to resume on the basis that they strictly adhere to the following rules: “Important Notice on Group Activities" (Japanese). Please use this opportunity to communicate with your friends and faculty members.
Academic faculty and staff are encouraged to carefully monitor their health and evaluate their ability to conduct research from home, which they are encouraged to do whenever possible. Administrative staff will also be advised to stagger working hours and work from home wherever possible.
While we are lowering guidance levels, there remains a large number of new COVID-19 cases in Japan, including Fukuoka Prefecture. Therefore, for future educational and research activities, it is our responsibility as a university to continue to devise measures that are compatible with the prevention of the spread of infection. For this reason, we will periodically review this guidance, but I ask the university body to continue to comply with guidance restrictions and measures to prevent the spread of infection in order to protect the lives of our peers, families, and fellow citizens.
August 28, 2020
President, Kyushu University