March 17th, 2011, 9:02pm.
To students enrolled at Keio University for Spring 2011 and their parents:
Based on the current situation in northern Japan and the Tokyo area (i.e., the gravity and unpredictability of the deteriorating situation stemming from the recent earthquake and tsunami, the level of and increased risk to the health of the students, and the growing challenges of arranging travel), we recommend that students do not travel to Japan to begin the semester at Keio University, or that they return to the U.S. if they are already there. Please note that this recommendation is also consistent with the Travel Warning that the United States Department of State issued strongly urging U.S. citizens to defer travel to or depart from Japan at this time. (Please see http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5390.html.) We regret circumstances leading to this recommendation, but believe that it is in the best interests of the students and the most prudent course of action. Moreover, Keio University has postponed the start of the Spring Semester until April, but may postpone it again or cancel it completely.
If you decide to return to the U.S. and thus not participate in the Keio semester, Boston University will refund the tuition you paid for the program. We also will work with Keio University to attempt to recover for you, if possible, any other fees you may have paid that university.
We recognize that this devastating situation may jeopardize the successful completion of the semester, and thereby potentially affect your student status and expected progress toward your degree. However, I am pleased to inform you that Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH has agreed to accept Boston University students currently enrolled in the Keio Exchange Program as Visiting Students for the Spring Quarter, which begins on March 28, 2011. Dartmouth offers a range of Japanese language courses and other courses in related areas that should enable you to take a variety of courses that can be applied to your program of studies at Boston University.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Debra Terzian, Director of Program Management and Summer Programs, at Boston University International Programs, at (617) 353-9888 or email@example.com as soon as possible — but no later than Wednesday, March 23. Dr. Terzian will forward the names of interested BU students to Dartmouth’s Associate Dean for International and Interdisciplinary Studies as soon as we know who is interested in this option. In addition to, or in lieu of this opportunity, you may want to consider continuing with your studies in the summer, either at Boston University or elsewhere. Dr. Terzian can also assist you in finding appropriate programs if you prefer these options.
It is with great sadness that we have reached this decision. However, the health, safety, and security of our students are of the utmost importance. We also express our deepest sympathy for the people of Japan and join the global community in supporting their efforts for a successful recovery from this disaster.
Urbain (Ben) DeWinter, PhD
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