Support for Keio students following the start of online classes
April 20, 2020
We earlier informed you that for the start of the Spring Semester, classes will in principle be held online (refer to "Change to the shutdown period of university campuses following declaration of a state of emergency" dated April 8). To take the online classes, we are recommending that you each prepare a suitable communication line for connecting to the internet (WiFi connection environment, 4G line, etc.) and a device such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone in addition to the textbooks and teaching materials.
Although the online classes will commence soon, there are likely Keio students who are having various difficulties in the present situation due to the continued closure of facilities and non-entry to campuses at Keio University as a consequence of the further spread of infections by COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) and the government's declaration of a state of emergency.
There may also be some Keio students who cannot prepare a suitable connection environment in time for financial reasons.
We hereby notify you of the content of the support which Keio has prepared as well as the support measures it will introduce henceforth.
3. With respect to the preparation of a connection environment, the major telecommunication carriers such as NTT, Docomo, AU, and Softbank are, as of April 2020, providing services including waivers of some communication fees to support the learning of students. For details, please check the website of your contracted telecommunication company.
4. The university will hereafter set up a "Subsidy system to support Keio students who are facing financial difficulties begin taking online classes." It is intended to assist Keio students who are having difficulties with preparing a communication environment such as WiFi for financial reasons. Details will be announced later on the Keio University Student Website and via News on the keio.jp portal.
COVID-19 is having an enormous impact on universities as the disease spreads beyond national borders to countries and regions around the world. Keio University will continue with its persistent efforts to maintain its standard of education so as to protect the right of its students to learn in these extremely testing circumstances.