Dear all incoming and current residents of Waseda University’s dormitories,
We are facing unforeseen circumstances this 2020 Spring. With the recent outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the world is on high alert and there is a mood of voluntary restraint.
As all of you may be well aware, Waseda University has decided to cancel graduation and entrance ceremonies and postponed the start date of new academic year in order to protect the physical health and well-being of our students and faculties and to endeavor to create safe learning environment. Residence Life Center decided to postpone the move-in date of incoming residents and requested current residents to stay back at home as much as possible. We understand that you may feel “When we can go to university?” or “How it is going to be…?” It still pains my heart to think of the students who are looking forward to entering or coming back to dormitory”.
However, taking into account the aspects of dormitory which shares living space, and the current situation of the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Japan and the world, we have no choice but to ask you to wait for the start date of classes on campus for safety reasons. We appreciate your understanding in advance.
I am hoping that the residents of dormitories make a good use of this unpredictable time to prepare for your future. Please do read good books in this time of hardship. Please do not be misled by rumors, and take appropriate precautions of living a quiet and calm life.
Some people are saying that the biggest threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is not the infection itself. It is the fear of being infected and numerous scenarios of fear that contaminate our social life and human relationships, assuming each other as enemies unconsciously. In order not to make “invisible walls”, each of you should think calmly and appreciate these days as you build up the good foundation for your bright future.
I sincerely support all of you who are away from your family and spending irreplaceable dormitory life with your friends with diverse backgrounds. I am looking forward to seeing your happy faces in the dormitories again, and getting through this difficult period together.
Director of Residence Life Center, Waseda University