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January 24, 2022
President Renta Nishihara
To all students,
The government of Japan has decided to declare the semi-emergency viral spread measures for Tokyo and 12 Prefectures including Saitama from January 21 to February 13, where the COVID-19 (Omicron variant) positive cases are rapidly on the rise. In response to the measures, the university will uplift the restriction level of Rikkyo’s activity restriction policy to Level 2 starting from January 25. Under the circumstances, I am sure there are some people who are concerned about how the final exams for Fall Semester and Academic Year 2021 (thereafter “the final exams”) will be conducted, but the university will conduct the final and oral exams on campus starting from January 18 as the Announcement of How the Final Exams for Fall Semester, Fall Quarter 2, Academic Year 2021 was made on December 10, while paying close attention to the prevention of COVID-19 expansion.
University’s courses will not be completed when you finish taking them but will be completed only when your academic performance is justifiably evaluated. Each college establishes the syllabi for their courses to be offered based on the educational policies to organize curricula, clearly indicating the criteria for completion and provides the criteria and methods of evaluation so that the students may manage their studies in an effective manner. As a necessary method to thoroughly evaluate the students’ academic performance, we decide to provide such evaluation methods as written exams, report exams, and in-class points. Even in a current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, when we think it is necessary to justifiably evaluate students’ academic performance required for educational curricula, we decide to conduct written exams regardless of the style of the course (e.g. in-person, mixed, online, on-demand).
Please note that we will take thorough measures in conducting the final exams as the final exams for Spring Semester. With regard to the prevention measures in conducting the final exams, please refer to 4. Special responses to Fall Semester for Academic Year 2021 in the Announcement of How the Final Exams for Fall Semester, Fall Quarter 2, Academic Year 2021 for details.
【Conducting makeup exams (special responses)】
Since the university will take thorough prevention measures above, please rest assured that you can take your written exams. A current ongoing variant (Omicron), however, has been reported that the risk, where people become critical is low but its infection is highly potent. Therefore. if you are concerned about the health of yourself or your family with which you live in taking your exams in-person on campus, the university will conduct the makeup exams as the special responses, which are scheduled in early March as the university has previously done for Spring Semester. With regard to taking the makeup exams, please refer to 2. Makeup exams and 4. Special responses to Fall Semester for Academic Year 2021.
【Request for students】
The basic measures to prevent viral expansion to Omicron variant will be the same as you have acted in the past. Please note, therefore, that you carry out a thorough action to observe the guideline to prevent the viral expansion of COVID-19, wear a non-woven fabric mask, sanitize hands and fingers, and exercise social distancing.
※The guideline to prevent the viral expansion of COVID-19 (2021) (updated April 14, 2021)
Please also note that you should avoid congestion for taking a body temperature upon entry to campus and plan to arrive at campus ahead of time on the day of your final exams. Also, when your exams are finished or your use of campus facilities is finished, you are encouraged to go home directly without socializing or dining with your friends.
We sincerely hope that you will be able to do your best in the final exams to demonstrate your daily academic performance, receive a justifiable evaluation, and carry on what you have learned this academic year to next academic year. Please understand that we are working even harder for the prevention of vial expansion. I appreciate your understanding and cooperation once again.
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