News & Event
March 19, 2021
To: Current Hosei University students, their parents and guardians
Classes in the 2021 Academic Year (Update No. 3)
In line with previous University announcements, classes in the spring semester for AY 2021 will basically be taught in person, while maximum measures are taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The situation in wider society will also be monitored.
For the future, and in accordance with changes in the infection situation, we will continue to carry out educational activities while also scrutinizing when needed how classes are taught. As such, please continue to follow all updates posted on the University website.
In line with previous University announcements (Classes in the 2021 Academic Year (Update No. 2)), the teaching of in-person classes in the spring semester for AY 2021 will basically be expanded, while maximum measures are taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus along with monitoring of the situation in wider society, and preparations are moving ahead for this teaching format. Based on the characteristics of each curriculum and class subject, we are proactively planning to implement a flexible class format which includes hybrid classes that combine face-to-face teaching and online teaching, HyFlex classes with simultaneous streaming of face-to-face teaching, and on-demand classes for the online distribution of lecture videos and materials.
In addition, the University is taking advice from university medical staff for taking measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, such as by ensuring space between seats, preventing the spread of droplets by with the placement of acrylic boards, and installing alcohol anti-bacterial sprays in multiple locations in all classrooms in all campuses, in order to ensure that classes can be conducted safely. At the start of classes on April 7, all classes apart from some exceptions will be taught online for a period of one week in Ichigaya campus with many students. Once the number of students taking each subject has been ascertained, and measures taken to enable the start of in-person teaching with appropriate numbers of students, then classes will move to an in-person format from April 14. Various measures are taken to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Tama campus and Koganei campus as well, depending on the circumstances of each campus (Please check the details faculty websites).
The University has built up a range of knowledge and experience over the past year in relation to teaching methods and infection prevention measures in connection with coping with the novel coronavirus. In AY 2021, we will make the most of our experience to not only prevent infections, but also to improve the quality of our online teaching.
However, achieving a safe campus environment also needs the cooperation of all students. Everyone on campus must wear a mask, and without fail students must wear a mask when taking classes (Manual for Preventing Spread of Infections in Face-to-Face Classes [For Students]). Furthermore, we ask that everyone refrains from eating or drinking in large groups.
As explained above, at this moment in time classes will be held basically in-person, and students will need to come to the campuses, as such all students must ensure that their living arrangements enable them to attend classes. In addition, as a certain number of classes will be held online, please ensure that you have an adequate learning environment (PC, Wi-Fi, etc.). The exact format of individual classes (whether they are face-to-face or online) will be made known after March 22 through the Web bulletin board and under the syllabus and class schedule (available on Hoppii under "Links（各種リンク）”).
In principle, students who are unable to physically attend classes, for example foreign students who are unable to enter Japan and students who have underlying illnesses, will be guaranteed the option to take online classes, apart for some subjects for which the educational purpose cannot be achieved without in-person teaching. In addition, we will inform you about the application form for reasonable adjustments in classes through the web bulletin board on around March 22.
We will also be publishing a variety of information on the New Student Information Page（新入生案内ページ） for all freshmen in AY 2021.
Please note that in the future there may be changes to the course schedule for AY 2021 due to the novel coronavirus situation and other factors. Should this happen we will make additional announcements, and we ask that you continue to regularly check our website.