No cases of COVID-19 have been reported on IUJ’s campus or in the IUJ greater community (3/24/2020)

【IMPORTANT NOTICE】University Response to Novel Coronavirus-infected Pneumonia

Updated: March 18, 2020
International University of Japan

The International University of Japan (IUJ) is characterized by students from all over the world studying together and living together on a residential campus with 4 dormitories. If an infectious disease occurs, it could have a serious impact on many people inside and outside of IUJ, including students, faculty and staff members, their families, the local community and many other stakeholders and IUJ supporters. For this reason, IUJ is making every effort to protect the campus from any virus and to maintain health and hygiene.

As reported in the news media daily, the novel coronavirus infection is spreading in Japan.

Therefore, IUJ has established the “New Coronavirus Infectious Disease Crisis Management Headquarters” which gives students, faculty and staff members alerts and instructions on health care and basic measures to prevent any infections. We are instructing them to refrain from unnecessary travels overseas and non-urgent outings. Also, we have prepared an emergency response system in coordination with the related health organizations in the area ahead of any case of infection occurring at our university.

As a university wanting close relations with the community, IUJ usually opens the campus to the general people public welcoming their use of some of the campus facilities such as the cafeteria, IUJ shop and library. However, for the time being, as a measure against occurrence of the infectious diseases on the campus, we have decided to refuse entry to the campus by general people in the community other than the IUJ community members as well as essential vendors/contractors. Your understanding and cooperation on this matter would be highly appreciated.

We will continue reviewing and monitoring the situation and update this page with any new information as necessary.


(Updated: March 18, 2020)

Dear students, faculty and staff, and all IUJ community members

【IMPORTANT NOTICE】University Response to COVID-19

Regarding measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infectious diseases, strict measures such as movement restrictions in Europe and rapid situational changes are continuing. As the spring break and the beginning of the spring term are approaching, we would like to inform you of the latest IUJ policy of COVID-19 preventive measures as follows. We would like all of you to help prevent any infections occurring on IUJ campus and the community.

We will make a new announcement in next week after reviewing the situation including the government’s new policy.

Spring term classes

Spring term classes will start on April 1 as scheduled. In conducting the classes, more information will be provided sometime next week..

About overseas travel

Starting March 18, IUJ is prohibiting all overseas travel because you have a risk that you will not be able to return from your destination if the situation overseas changes rapidly.

Domestic travel and outings

  • Travels to the following prefectures will be prohibited for the time being (March 18 onward), due to domestic outbreaks.

Hokkaido, Osaka, Hyogo (Kobe), Aichi (Nagoya)

  • Continue refraining from traveling to areas with a larger number of reported cases of infection

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare HP: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000164708_00001.html

  • Refrain from participating in events or activities with the following conditions:
    • Gathering in a space where ventilation is poor and/or places where people are gathering closely together (live performances, movie theaters, etc.)
    • Events in poorly ventilated spaces or environments where people talk at close distances (such as buffet-styled parties)

Emergency food

If any infections very unfortunately occur on campus, the cafeteria and kitchen may be unavailable for several days for disinfection. Please be sure to stock emergency food (canned food, calorie mate, etc.) for around three days. The OSS will share some ideas with students on the Facebook support page.

Conditions for on campus events

Group events on campus shall be permitted under the following conditions.

Maximum 15 people, providing adequate ventilation, at latest 11:00 p.m. and no longer than 3 hours. Try to keep the distance between participants as appropriate as possible (about 2m).

About physical condition monitoring and management

Try to monitor your physical condition by taking your temperature every day.

If you have a fever of 37.5°C or higher for two days, including periods when you need to continue taking fever reducing medications (antipyretics), please report to IUJ.

Students, please return to your dorm room and call to the Office of Student Services (OSS, Tel: 025-779-1103) or the Dorm Team in non-business hours (Tel:025-779-1555) for support and instructions.

Faculty and staff members, please call to the Office of General Affairs (OGA, Tel. 025-779-1490).

Thorough preventive practices

As previously announced, please take thorough measures to prevent infection, such as “hand washing” and “cough etiquette” including “wearing a mask”, which are the basic measures against infectious diseases.

Be sure to ventilate the room (bring in fresh air) about once an hour during classes, on-campus meetings and events.

Hand washing guide  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rz8YdHAwz0

Cough etiquette guide  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2jbEetZ8G4

Thank you all for doing your part, and taking the necessary precautions during this difficult time.


(Updated: March 11, 2020)

To All International University of Japan students, faculty and staff

【IMPORTANT NOTICE】 Measures to prevent spread of the Novel Coronavirus-infected Pneumonia

As reporting in various media, the Novel Coronavirus-infected Pneumonia is expanding nationwide. IUJ requests you to take preventative measures to help stop the spread of the infection follows.

Please observe the basic measures to take against any infectious disease, including the novel coronavirus: handwashing and use of proper coughing manners including wearing a mask.

  1. Washing hands and disinfecting with alcohol

Please frequently wash your hands properly with soap and use alcohol spray to ensure they are disinfected.

There are alcohol bottles for disinfection at IUJ main entrance and each building, so please be sure to disinfect before entering.

  1. IUJ has prepared to offer you a “mask”. If you would like one, please note the following:
  • Date to start offering:    March 12, 2020
  • Place of pick up    Office of Student Services, Office of General Affairs, SD1 Dorm Office
  • Person of receiving:    All IUJ students, faculty and staff
  • Number allocated:      1 mask / person / day

Please come to one of the above places and write your name on the form each time you receive a mask. Please note that you can receive one mask a day for personal use.

Also, please wear a mask when using public transportation, and avoid crowded places as much as possible.

  1. Overseas travel, domestic travel and going out – UPDATE

Regarding travel and outings, please observe the IUJ policy below.

  • OVERSEAS: The situation is changing every day and it is possible that the risk level as indicated by MoFA will be increased during your travel abroad. Level 2 or higher is considered high risk.
  • DOMESTIC: A sharp increase in cases in a specific region of Japan could happen while traveling within Japan.

If you stay in areas/countries whose risk information is of concern, PLEASE CONTACT IUJ IMMEDIATELY,

If you have any concerns about your travels or outings, please contact any offices mentioned above without hesitation.

Students are reminded to submit to the OSS the Temporary Away form if you will be away from the area for 7 or more days. This is a normal procedure. Forms are available in the OSS.


(Updated: March 3, 2020)

To All International University of Japan students, faculty and staff

【IMPORTANT NOTICE】University Response to Novel Coronavirus-infected Pneumonia -2

As you know, measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus infection require strict responses, such as the closure of elementary, junior high and high school (during March) and postponement/cancellation of events.

 

In line with these developments, we will inform you of the university’s response for the period up to the beginning of the spring term and ask all of you to help prevent any infections occuring on IUJ campus.

 

About overseas travel

  • Travel to the People’s Republic of China (including Hong Kong and Macau) is prohibited, in principle
  • Travel to any areas where level 3 or higher has been issued (or will be issued later) by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan (MoFA) for the assessment of Infectious Disease Risk Information is prohibited, in principle
  • Refrain from unnecessary and non-urgent travel to areas of level 2 (including for business)
  • Be very careful about your safety when traveling abroad, even without the MoFA risk information

 

The MoFA Overseas Safety Page (in Japanese) https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/

 

Domestic travel and outings

  • Continue refraining from traveling to areas with a larger number of reported cases of infection

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare HP: https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/0000164708_00001.html

  • Refrain from participating in events or activities with the following conditions:
  • Gathering in a space where ventilation is poor and/or places where people are gathering closely together (live performances, movie theaters, etc.)
  • Events in poorly ventilated spaces or environments where people talk at close distances (such as buffet-styled parties)

 

Events on Campus and limitation of entry to IUJ by people in the community

  • Postpone or cancel special seminars/lecturers by inviting guest lecturers
  • Postpone any large gatherings.
  • Small gatherings in the dorms or snack lounge that happen naturally are OK.

But, we ask you to limit it to IUJers only (not invite outside people for everyone’s protection). And we ask you to limit it to reasonable hours.

  • People in the community (except IUJ students) are asked not to come on campus, again for everyone’s protection. UMEX people are included and have been informed. People that must be on campus for maintenance, etc. will wear GUEST passes available at OGA.

 

 

About physical condition monitoring and management, if you have cold symptoms

Try to monitor your physical condition by taking your temperature.

In addition, since it is the high season of influenza and colds, daily hand washing and cough etiquette should be thoroughly implemented as part of infection prevention measures.

To all students: Even when you have classes or examinations, if you have fever or cold symptoms, please stay in your dorm room or residence to rest.

To all faculty and staff members: If you have a fever or a cold, please do not come to work and take days off.

 

Hand washing guide  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rz8YdHAwz0

Cough etiquette guide  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2jbEetZ8G4

 

If you have any of the symptoms noted below, please consult with the consultation center (Weekdays: Tel. 025-772-8142, Nights/Holidays: Tel: 025-772-2600) by telephone (students may use your telephone translation service if you are in the program).

Students, please return to your dorm room and call to the Office of Student Services (OSS, Tel:025-779-1103) or the Dorm Team in non-business hours (Tel:025-779-1555) for support and instructions. They will liaise for you with the consultation center.

Faculty and staff members who need help from the University, please call to the Office of General Affairs (OGA, Tel. 025-779-1490). Faculty and staff members suspected of being infected should call to OGA.

 

SYMPTOMS

  • You have had cold symptoms or a fever of 37.5°C or higher for four days or more, including periods when you need to continue taking fever reducing medications (antipyretics)
  • You have a strong feeling of weariness (fatigue) or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing).

Contact:

IUJ Crisis Management Headquarters

Email:  riskmgt@iuj.ac.jp


(Updated: February 26, 2020)

To All International University of Japan students, faculty and staff

【IMPORTANT NOTICE】University Response to Novel Coronavirus-infected Pneumonia -1

As reporting for the past several days has indicated, the novel coronavirus that has occurred in China is already spreading within Japan.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan has set the infectious disease risk level for all areas of Hubei Province and for Wenzhou City in Zhejiang Province in China to “Level 3 (Recommendation to stop travel)”, and set the other areas of China to “Level 2 (Urging travelers to consider whether travel is unnecessary or if it is urgent)”.

Because of these situations, IUJ has established a Crisis Management Headquarters and asks all of you to help prevent any possible spread of the novel coronavirus as follows.

 

1.Basic measures against infectious disease, including the novel coronavirus, are handwashing and use of proper coughing manners including wearing a mask if you are coughing. Please follow these practices.

2.If you have any of the symptoms noted below, please consult with the consultation center (Weekdays: Tel. 025-772-8142, Nights/Holidays: Tel: 025-772-2600) by telephone (students may use your telephone translation service if you are in the program).

  • Students, please return to your dorm room and call to the Office of Student Services (OSS, Tel:025-779-1103) or the Dorm Team in non-business hours (Tel:025-779-1555) for support and instructions. They will liaise for you with the consultation center.
  • Faculty and staff members who need help from the University, please call to the Office of General Affairs (OGA, Tel. 025-779-1490). Faculty and staff members suspected of being infected should call to OGA.

 

SYMPTOMS

  • You have had cold symptoms or a fever of 37.5°C or higher for four days or more, including periods when you need to continue taking fever reducing medications (antipyretics)
  • You have a strong feeling of weariness (fatigue) or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing).

 

Regarding overseas and domestic travel, please take the following measures.

  1. Overseas travel, in principle, should be restricted to areas designated lower than “Level 3 (Recommendation to stop travel)” as indicated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Also, please abstain from unnecessary and non-urgent travel to other areas of China.
  2. For domestic travel, please abstain from unnecessary and non-urgent outings, including business or field trips.
  3. Please also abstain from unnecessary travels and non-urgent outings to the areas with a number of reported cases of infection (domestic and overseas)

 

IUJ will consider changes and inform you of our response according to the developments in both the domestic and overseas situation.

 

In addition, please keep updated by referring to reliable information sources such as the following sites for details, and please take care.

 

References:

<About Coronavirus Disease 2019>

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/seisakunitsuite/bunya/newpage_00032.html

 

<Measures against infectious diseases>

・Measures against infectious diseases (as well as the novel coronavirus)

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/10900000/000597148.pdf

 

<Information about Consultation centers>

・Consultation centers for the novel coronavirus (in Japanese)

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/newpage_09347.html

・Consultation centers in Niigata Prefecture (in Japanese)

https://www.pref.niigata.lg.jp/sec/kenko/corona-center.html

 

<Notes on overseas travel>

・Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan’s homepage for overseas safety (for China)

https://www.anzen.mofa.go.jp/info/pcinfectionspothazardinfo_009.html#ad-image-0

 


(Updated: February 27, 2020)

Cancellation of participation to Naked Man’s Festival

We are very sorry to announce that we have decided to cancel IUJ’s participation to Naked Man’s Festival scheduled for March 6 (Friday) and 7 (Saturday) 7 to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infections.
Also, please do not go to the festival venue on both days, even if you are planning to visit.