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Academic Policy


Japanese Language Academic Policy


 1.   Class attendance is mandatory: Students enrolled in the Intensive Japanese Program will be

        dismissed from the program if they accumulate 12 unexcused absences (12 hours, not days).

        An absence may be excused with a note certifying an illness from the doctor in Japan who

        diagnosed the illness and prescribed the treatment. The doctor's note, prescriptions, and

        any other verification of illness and treatment must be provided within 24 hours of the time

        the absence was incurred. Students must keep in mind that, due to the intensive nature of

        the language program, a total of more than 22 hours of absences (whether they are

        unexcused or excused) will not be accepted, except in extremely special cases. Students also

        have to keep in mind that, by being absent, they will miss other opportunities to take quizzes

        or tests, to turn in homework and so forth, in addition to learning new materials in class.

 2.   Students are expected to be punctual. Being late five minutes or more is unacceptable, and

        will be counted against one's attendance grade. Three tardies will count as one absence.

 3.   Excusing any absence or lateness due to weather, public transportation problems or other

        reasons will be decided by the JCMU Director in consultation with the Japanese Language

        Program Coordinator.



 1.   Late assignments will not be accepted. If you know in advance that you will be absent, you

        may hand in your homework before the due date.

 2.   Incomplete or poorly-done assignments (as judged by the instructor) will not be accepted.



 1.   Quiz days will be announced in the weekly schedule.

 2.   Test and examination days will be outlined at the beginning of each term.

 3.   There will be no make-up quizzes, tests or examinations. ("making up" here means taking a

        quiz both before and after the scheduled time.)



1.    The use of English in the classroom is strictly prohibited without prior permission requested

         (in Japanese) and given by the instructor.      Ex.”Sumimasen, Eigo de ii desu ka?”

        Speaking English is discouraged anywhere in the academic building during the morning


 2.   The following are forbidden in the classroom: food, drink, gum-chewing, and wearing hats of

        any kind.

 3.   The course strives for a high level of accuracy in the student's Japanese. To that effect, 

        students should expect to be corrected in class. This should not be taken personally and

        should not inhibit one's participation in class. This measure is to ensure students practice

        only correct and productive Japanese.

 4.   Students are expected to come to class well-prepared. Preparation for class makes a

        significant difference in the ability of the class as a whole to progress. Please familiarize

        yourself with the new lesson, vocabulary, and grammar prior to the class. Any questions

        raised during your study will be answered in class.

 5.   Students are expected to study the minimum of 3-4 hours outside of class daily.