University's Countermeasures against the Novel Coronavirus(Covid-19) (updated April 7)


There is concern that the Novel Coronavirus will spread even more within Japan, with a large number of cases being reported in multiple regions within the country. The state of infection overseas also continues to change moment by moment.Rikkyo University’s latest response to the Coronavirus will be placed below.
Office Closure and No Entry to Campus from April 8 to May 6 (updated April 7)
Change of the start date of classes for Spring Semester, 2020 (updated April 3)
Cancellation of Entrance Ceremony for Academic Year 2020 (updated March 13)
Cancellation of Commencement Ceremony and Degree Conferral Ceremony for Academic Year 2019 (updated March 24)
In the light of the current situation, where an increasing number of people affected by the Novel Coronavirus has been reported, Rikkyo University has made a decision to cancel the Commencement Ceremony and Degree Conferral Ceremony for Academic Year 2019.

It is needless to say that these ceremonies are very important to close campus life for students, and this decision was not easy especially when we think about the excitement and joy that our students and family had toward these ceremonies.

Please do understand, however, that this decision was made to give the top priority to safety for our students and family.

We are willing to make every effort, so that we may face this situation and go back to peaceful daily life as soon as possible.

I am sorry that I may not be able to offer my congratulations to each of you in person as President of Rikkyo University, but here I sincerely wish you continued success and prosperity for each of our students, who is going to graduate from Rikkyo University.

February 28, 2020

Yangchoon Kwak
Rikkyo University

Note: Regarding the details of how to receive your diploma, we will upload the information on our website and also send you a spirit email to you by Friday, March 6.
Regarding travel overseas
Rikkyo University, in principle, from now on prohibits all students, faculty and staff from traveling to the countries or areas that have a travel warning of level 2 or higher (Level 2: Avoid Non-essential Travel) according to the Warning on Infectious Diseases section of the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Safety Information website.
・Please refrain from all non-essential, non-urgent travel to countries and regions other than the above as well. If you think you may have contracted the Novel Coronavirus, please refer to "Prevention Measures and Guide of Consultation" for what to do.
Entry from overseas to Japan (updated April 2)
Please be advised that students and faculty/staff, who entered Japan from all countries and areas in the world are required to stay home to self-quarantine for 14 days after entry to Japan regardless of symptoms and conduct health observation including taking a temperature at least twice a day (morning and night).
If you have an urgent business, which requires you to attend school or report to work, please contact the appropriate office and follow their instructions.

For further information, please refer to the following link:
MOFA’s Overseas Safety Information:

If you are foreign nationals, please also refer to the following links:
Ministry of Justice (legal information on COVID-19):

If you are traveling from overseas or returning to Japan and you are suspected of having symptoms of COVID-19, please refer to the page of “Prevention Measures and Guide of Consultation.”
Prevention Measures and Guide of Consultation
If you have any of the following symptoms, please consult with the consultation center for people with potential exposure to COVID-19:
- You have had cold symptoms or a fever of 37.5°C or over for four days or more.
(including when you need to continue to take an antipyretic)
- You have a strong feeling of weariness (fatigue) or shortness of breath (difficulty breathing).
How to deal with symptoms including fever & Resuming to attend school and report to work (updated April 2)
Students and faculty/staff or family members living together, who experience symptoms of cold including fever, are required to stay home and conduct health observation including taking a temperature on a regular basis.

Additionally, if you continue to experience symptoms of cold including fever for more than four days, please refer to the page of “Prevention Measures and Guide of Consultation.”

Below is the guideline of health condition to resume to attend school and report to work.

No symptoms for three days after fever and no fever, cough, sputum, diarrhea, malaise for more than 48 hours without taking any medicines
Please make sure to conduct health observation including taking a temperature at least twice a day (morning and night).
How to prevent the infection and report if infected
With concern of the infection spreading even further within Japan, please be even more careful than before to prevent infection (avoiding crowds as much as possible, washing hands when you get home and before eating, making sure to wear a mask, etc.).
Regardless of whether you have traveled overseas or not, if you have symptoms and think you may have contracted the Novel Coronavirus, avoid going to a regular medical facility and promptly consult with the closest consultation center for returnees and those who have come in contact with carriers of the virus.
If you have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus (only when diagnosis is confirmed), please immediately report this to the University Clinics (03-3985-2651, available 10:30-15:30 on Monday through Friday and 10:30-12:30 on Saturday).

Please check the following websites for up-to-date, accurate information on the Coronavirus:

◆Useful websites
Rikkyo University
Monday, March 2, 2020