Keio's Response to the Declaration of a State of Emergency (President's Message)
July 9, 2021
To all Keio students,
A fourth state of emergency is set to be declared in Tokyo from July 12.
Since the start of this pandemic, the Keio University Hospital has been taking a leading role in accepting COVID-19 patients and has also been working to establish a medical care system for the Olympic and Paralympic Games at the adjacent Japan National Stadium. Based on the expert knowledge gained from these experiences, we at Keio University expect the number of infections in Tokyo to continue rising for the present, but in order to maintain a place of learning even while the state of emergency is in effect, we have taken various steps and have established a comprehensive set of guidelines under the advice of the Health Center, School of Medicine, and the university hospital, including the introduction of workplace vaccinations and regular use of PCR tests. Taking all this into consideration, we will be implementing the following measures for the remainder of the Spring Semester and during the summer vacation.
Classes and semester-end examinations: Through courses of action such as holding classes at a considerably reduced capacity and rigorously monitoring ventilation in the rooms, we have been making every effort to ensure that thorough measures against infections are being implemented. Therefore, Spring Semester classes that are currently being held face-to-face will continue to be conducted in this manner, and Spring Semester-end examinations scheduled to take place on campus will go ahead as planned.
Extracurricular activities: Extracurricular activities of officially authorized student clubs at Keio must be carried out with more stringent measures against infections, such as keeping travel to a minimum. Based on the ideal of what extracurricular activities ought to be, we ask that all members of student clubs pay close attention to infection prevention measures and behave in a manner that limits the spread of the disease while also remembering to give due consideration to those around you. You must also comply with the infection preventions measures established for your respective clubs and act responsibly, going above and beyond what is expected of you as Keio students. Please also follow any instructions from the Student Affairs Center and the Office of the Keio University Athletic Association, and if you have any questions or require further information, be sure to ask a staff member at one of these offices.
Attending classes, taking examinations, and participating in extracurricular activities are all commitments of prime importance for Keio students. On the other hand, however, please refrain from activities such as unnecessarily eating out, holding parties, and taking trips while away from campus. As Keio students aiming to become leaders in all corners of society, we hold you to a high standard and expect each and every one of you to act in a sensible and disciplined manner despite the many challenges you face under the current climate.