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Things that Okayama University Students Need to Know

Traffic Accidents

No matter how careful you are, accidents still happen.
Things that you do immediately following an accident are vitally important.

If an accident happens:

  1. Where there are personal injuries, dial 119 for an ambulance.
  2. Prevent danger by moving automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles to a safe place, away from traffic.
  3. Notify the police; dial 110.
  4. Exchange contact information with the other people involved and record how the accident happened.
  5. Report the accident to the Educational Affairs Section in your faculty.

Cyclists

Bicycle traffic accidents are on the rise. Traffic accidents, regardless of victims or perpetrators, can be not only very painful but also a serious problem for students. Additionally, there are many complaints about college students' lack of concern for other road users. If you do not observe the traffic rules and you are in violation of the Road Traffic Acts, you may be fined or imprisoned. When riding a bicycle, please be aware that you are a member of society; drive safely and always ensure that you drive with due care and attention. The following behavior is recognized by law as dangerous driving: cycling at night without lights; cycling while using an umbrella; cycling while using a cell phone.

The Revised Road Traffic Act for Dangerous Cycling is In Force

The Revised Road Traffic Act for Dangerous Cycling took effect on June 1, 2015.
In the revised Road Traffic Act, 14 items are considered to be dangerous cycling practices. These include: ignoring traffic lights, failure to stop at a stop sign, cycling while holding an umbrella, cycling while using a mobile phone, cycling while listening to earphones.
If you receive a traffic violation ticket twice or more within 3 years due to dangerous driving behavior, you will be ordered to take a 'Bicycle Driver Training Course' (3 Hour Course ・ Tuition Fee 5,700 yen). You must accept the order within 3 months after receipt. If you ignore the order, you will be fined up to 50,000 yen. (Applicable to all people, 14 years or older)
http://www.pref.okayama.jp/page/430220.html

Parking: motor vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles

Whether on or off-campus, parking outside designated parking areas causes obstruction to all traffic, in particular the passage of emergency vehicles. It can also cause traffic accidents.
Please be sure to use the parking area appropriate for your vehicle.
For information on parking permits, see page here.

Theft

Some students may become the victim of the theft of their wallet or cash on university premises. Be sure to carry valuables with you at all times and do not leave them on any desks or in the basket of your bicycle etc.
It is dangerous to vacate your seat and leave your personal belongings on your desk or seat in libraries, laboratories, lecture halls, etc. Please keep your belongings with you at all times.
Also, when parking a bicycle or motorcycle, please use two locks to prevent theft.
It is very common for bicycles to be stolen when the owner is nearby and leaves the bike unlocked but unattended for a short time.

Lost and Found Items

If you forget something in class, please ask the office within the building where you lost the item, or in the office closest to that building, to see if it has been handed in.
In addition, in the event that a student ID card is delivered to an office, we will contact you directly if we recognize you, or your faculty department may contact you.

Campus-Wide Non-Smoking Policy

Since April 1st, 2014, Okayama University has enforced a campus-wide non-smoking policy.

  • There will be no smoking anywhere on the campus.
    Smoking while walking, smoking while cycling, and smoking inside a car is prohibited.
  • 'New Tobacco' is subject to legal regulation.
    New Tobacco includes: E-Cigarettes including vaporizors, regular combustible tobacco, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco(snuff, chewing tobacco).
  • Please also cooperate to prevent passive smoking in the university environs when smoking outside the university.
    Avoid smoking especially in places where there are many passers-by, especially on roads officially designated as school routes.
  • Please do not throw cigarette butts away on the street.
    Please do not throw away cigarette butts on the streets or in the agricultural canals around the Tsushima Campus.

Okayama University Tobacco Control Promotion Cartoon Character‘Non-Sumo-kun’It is such a waste to smoke!It's a waste of time. Cigarettes cost money. Cigarettes make people around you sick. It may also cause you problems getting a job...Just refuse, right from square one! I'm working with the Okayama University Health Service Center to stop smoking!

Okayama University Smoking Prevention Enquiries
Safety and Sanitation Department, Health and Sanitation Management Division
TEL:(086)251-7286 or 8984   Email:ROUAN@adm.okayama-u.ac.jp

Prohibition of Illegal Dumping ・ Prohibition of Noise or other Nuisance

About 70% of students at this university live apart from their parents or guardians. Although you may be living alone, you are still a member of the local community. Please maintain ordinary public morals and do not cause a nuisance to your neighbors. Don't bother the people next door.

In Okayama City, there is a fee for burnable garbage and incombustible garbage. Purchase a ‘chargeable bag’ at a supermarket, convenience store etc, and dispose of your garbage according to the garbage disposal rules of your residential area.
Also, please do not dump garbage without permission in other places, (such as shops, restaurants or other commercial facilities), that are not designated as garbage disposal stations in your residential area.
Please do not do anything to annoy other people, such as shouting or making noise, in public buildings or private apartments.

Part-Time Jobs

It is vitally important to plan your part-time work so that you can create a good work-study balance. When doing a part-time job, please work in good faith with the pride and responsible attitude of a student. Do not work part-time without permission, and do not be absent from part-time work.
On the other hand, there are cases where students may be induced to work part-time for suspicious or fraudulent organizations. Evil organizations inevitably exist within ordinary society and part-time jobs are not sheltered from them. Please be aware of this possibility if you are interested in working part-time.
If you have troubles with your part-time job or labor conditions, please contact the General Consultation Counter at the Center for Student Support (University Union, 1st Fl., Student Support Center, Shikata Campus (Administration Office Building, 1st Fl.), or the Career / Student Support Office, (General Education Building A, 2nd Fl.).

Harassment

What is harassment?

  • Harassment means 'to bother, or to annoy someone’.
  • Harassment is a human rights violation based on prejudice and discrimination.

What if I am harassed?

STOP Harassment

  1. There is no need to blame yourself. Take courage and tell the perpetrator, ‘Please stop or you will get in trouble'.
  2. Talk to familiar, trustworthy people and/or the university counselors at the places listed above under 'Part-Time Jobs'.Even if you do not know whether or not you have been harassed, it is better to pay attention to your feelings of discomfort and discuss your problems with others, rather than suffering alone.
  3. As far as possible, keep a detailed record of the acts that seem to you to be the harassment that you received, the date and time that you received it, details of the act itself, and whether a third party was present or not.
  • Are you suffering alone while the harassment continues?
  • Is your behavior hurting or distressing anyone?
  • Have a good look around yourself in your classroom, laboratory or workplace...
    Is harassment going on around you?

If you think 'that's troublesome', please contact us

Harassment Prevention Office (full-time counselor in attendance)
Opening Hours Tsushima Area /Mon-Fri, 10:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00(Except Public Holidays & Library Closing Days; Appointment required);
Shikata Area / Mon & Fri, 13:00-16:00 (Officer will attend only by appointment)
Location Tsushima Area/University Library, West Building, 3rd Fl.
Shikata Area/Alumni Building,3rd Fl.(Monday & Friday Afternoons)
Phone 086-251-8511
E-mall harass1@adm.okayama-u.ac.jp
Harrassment counselling is available only by prior appointment. It may not be possible to make an appointment in English over the phone, so please make appointments in English by e-mail.

Departmental Harassment Counselors

It is possible to consult with counselors (faculty staff) who are placed within each department. It is also possible to consult counselors who are not attached to a particular department. For individual counselors, please see the counselor staff register. Please visit the online counselor staff register at the: Harassment Prevention Committee Homepage>Introduction to the Counselor's Desk>Harassment Counselors
Okayama University Harassment Prevention Committee Website

Mental Health

The society of the modern age is said to be a ‘stressful society’. College students also feel a lot of stress, and there are many cases of mentally instability. It is also important to pay attention to your health.
There are many places within the university where you can talk about ‘mental health problems’ such as the Health Service Centerthe Student Advice Department,Privacy is protected by law, so do feel free to consult.

AED Machines

If anyone faints and does not react to ordinary stimuli, the possibility of saving their life will be much higher if the people who discover their condition give first aid immediately.

Please check where AED (automated external defibrillator) machines are located

Please refer to the Barrier Free Maps for the installation locations on the Tsushima and Shikata Campus sites.

Participate in the First Aid Training Course and learn the best first aid techniques and latest knowledge!

First Aid Training Courses are also held at the Fire Department, the Japanese Red Cross Society, in addition to the university campus.

The National Pension

The National Pension is a system established in order to provide economic security for people who have retired. Those who are 20 years old and living in Japan must join the National Pension and pay the insurance premiums.
When you are 20 years old, please be sure to join the scheme. A 'special payment system for students', which defers payment of premiums during your time at university, is available if you make an application for it. Please see the homepage for details.
Japan Pension Service

Common Problems in Daily Life

Fraudulent Demands for Fictitious Internet Use

Nationally, people have been receiving fraudulent demands for fictitious internet use by e-mail, post card or letter.

  • If you do not remember using the internet in the way that the demand describes, then it is best to simply ignore it.
  • Even if you inadvertently contact the fraudster, do not tell them your personal information.
  • If you are concerned, please consult the Consumer Affairs Center or Police in your residential area.

Scams

Scams targeting students are on the increase. Please be extremely cautious.

  • Network marketing or multi-level marketing seeks to sell vitamins and other health products, cosmetics and so on, deriving income from sales and by soliciting new members and increasing membership.
  • Catch Sales / Where a confidence trickster asks you to complete a survey or questionnaire on the street and then takes you to a premises where they attempt to extort money from you by offering you expensive products or by inviting you to sign an extortionate contract.

There are many other fraudulent business methods, but even where you have entered into extortionate contracts or purchases, it is still possible to cancel these arrangements under the 'cooling off system' pursuant to various Japanese consumer protection laws. However, there are cases where the 'cooling off period' does not apply, such as mail order purchases, so please check the details on the homepage or the Consumer Affairs Center.

Contact
Okayama Prefecture Consumer Affairs Center
[Telephone] ( 086 ) 226 - 0999
※ Opening Times / Tuesday - Sunday (excluding holidays, year-end and New Year holidays)09:00 to 16:00

Information about the Cooling-Off Period

National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan

Crime Prevention in Daily Life

When you become a college student, you increase your studies, club activities, part-time jobs and so on. You may live alone and often go home at night following these activities.
Please keep the following good habits in mind at all times in order to prevent crime or avoid loss or damage.

  • Avoid walking alone at night, and always choose a safe and well-lit path.
  • Always carry a security buzzer.
  • If you are living alone, please be sure to lock all doors and windows.Make certain to lock the front door immediately after coming home.
  • Make sure that you lock not only the front door, but all windows, such as the toilet, bathroom and veranda door.There have been incidents where burglars have entered through windows left open by sleeping occupants on the second floor or even higher.
  • If you have witnessed a suspicious-looking individual, please report them to the police and to your academic department.

The Dangers of Illegal or Recreational Drugs

In recent years, there has been a big problem with the abuse of drugs by young people and many arrests due to illegal possession of cannabis, narcotics, stimulants or other dangerous drugs.
Even though the user may only intend to take these drugs once, they might become addicted unintentionally. Such addiction may destroy body and mind. Don't be seduced by the idea that 'It is just this one time'.
To possess and use illegal drugs is a crime. As a matter of course, universities treat these matters very seriously and may insist that the student terminate their studies immediately. In addition, social sanctions for these types of behavior are extremely oppressive.
Do not accept or solicit drugs such as cannabis, narcotics, stimulant drugs, dangerous drugs, etc. To have a fulfilling student life, maintain your health, both mentally and physically.In particular, please do not be taken in by someone calling a drug a 'tranquilizer' or some such similar name, as this may be highly addictive.

Preventing Problems with Alcohol

Some people my have no tolerance or a very low tolerance to alcohol. Despite this, there are many opportunities to drink alcohol for college students, including drinking parties associated with club activities or with fellow researchers. Drinking games or sudden exposure to large amounts of alcohol, can lead to extremely serious consequences such as death in the worst case or acute alcohol poisoning, depending on the physical constitution of the victim.
Before you go drinking, make the determination that you will say 'No' if you are asked to join a drinking game. Equally, do not ask others to join in such games. In Japan, this is called 'ikki, ikki' drinking. In addition, a drunken person cannot be left alone because the people in their party or closest to them must bear responsibility for them.

When drinking alcohol, please drink in moderation and keep the following points in mind: -

  • Drinking underage is against the law.
  • Do not take part in, or instigate drinking games.
  • Do not force others to drink alcohol.
  • Do not be rude or offend other people.
  • When a student gets sick due to drinking, take appropriate and prompt action, such as calling an ambulance.
Examples of accidents caused by drinking alcohol
  • At 'University A': A student who drank at a social gathering died because he was invited to play a drinking game where repeated toasts caused an excessive amount of alcohol to suddenly enter his bloodstream.
  • At 'University B': Students and former graduates attended a training camp and ended the day by going drinking. The next morning, a first-year boy was found to be choking on his own vomit in bed, and although he was taken to hospital, he soon died.

Cult Groups

Most cult groups do not solicit for members in the name of their religious organization. It is very common for them solicit members by making circles for sports, volunteers, music, dance or cooking
The organizers are often gentle and kind, they praise you for accepting, and it may be a very comfortable place where they meet. However, as soon as you are a member, you will be asked to accept a specific doctrine, where you are expected to cut your ties with your family and friends. This could cause great harm to you at an important time in your life.

Other ways that these organizations solicit members are as follows: - "Please answer this questionnaire", "Please attend a course guidance meeting" or "Please participate in a seminar about life". These are ploys just to get closer to you. In such a case,

※do not give kindness to strangers, ignore them, refuse to commit, and leave the place promptly.
※ Do not let any stranger know your phone numbers, e-mail addresses, home, dormitory or residence addresses, or university names, etc.

Be aware of these tricks and be aware that there is always danger in your surroundings.
When you see a suspicious solicitation or you are directly solicited, let us know by visiting the General Consultation Counter at the Student Support Center (Tsushima Campus, 1st floor, University Union), Student Support Center, Shikata Campus (Administration Office Building, 1st Fl.), or the Career / Student Support Office, (General Education Building A, 2nd Fl.).

Okayama University's Basic Policy Toward Cults
  • 1.The university does not involve itself in students' thoughts or beliefs.
  • 2.In cases where students are considered to be involved in a cult group, where there is a risk of a human rights violation or of personality destruction, there is an obligation to protect student safety and information will be provided to their parents.
  • 3.The university will give as much support as possible to any student who asks for assistance to avoid suffering harm while disengaging from a cult group or who requires assistance after disengagement.

When Joining a Circle or Club Activity

Freshmen always have great expectations of their circles or club activities. Here at Okayama University, there are very lively extra curricular activities in the form of 'Circles', that exist within, and are recognized by, university-approved Club Activities. However, many different kinds of people will say that they are "recruiting for membership of a university circle", so please be sure to judge such people carefully before joining.
In addition, during the Club Activities recruitment period (April - May), we wear a unique university armband for easy recognition.
The officially recognized groups are described on the Okayama University Homepage.

Disasters Could Happen Tomorrow: Be Prepared!

It is expected that within the next 30 years in the government-designated Greater Disaster Area for Western Japan, the probability of Tonankai and Nankai earthquakes occurring are respectively, about 70% and 60%. These earthquakes emanate from the Nankai Trough, off the Pacific coasts of the Shikoku, Kinki and Chubu regions. After the disaster, support from the government may not necessarily come soon.Please make simple day-to-day disaster preparations so that you can survive for at least 3 days without help from others.

①Think 'Daily Life'

Check out what kinds of disaster are predictable at home, around the university and at the premises of your part-time job. Also, please check the location of your nearest evacuation shelter and public phone (available during a power cut and/or mobile phone communications outage).
Okayama City Disaster Prevention Information Map (in case of tsunami and flood; location of evacuation facilities.)

②Please Prepare: emergency carry bags and stockpile food and other items

Please look at the stocks of food that you use in your daily life and consider the kind of food that you can use at the time of a disaster. Increase those stocks by about one half in addition to your normal requirements.

  • Canned foods, dried goods, retort-pouch or vacuum-packed foods.
  • You will need at least 3 liters of drinking water per day (9 liters should be prepared for 3 days).
  • Everyday clothes, medications and sanitary supplies, that you normally require.
  • Flashlight, portable radio, etc.

③If a Disaster Happens

During an earthquake ...

  • Secure your personal safety
  • Secure any exits for evacuation
  • When you are in an elevator, push buttons for all floors
  • Turn off electrical switches and breakers close to you
  • Switch off any gas appliances and turn off the mains gas tap
  • In case of fire, first work to extinguish the initial source of the fire
  • Assemble at the designated gathering place in your area
  • Where a tsunami is predicted, if the elevation of your site is low, head for high ground as soon as possible

Typhoon or Heavy Rain

  • Ensure that you evacuate to high places away from rivers and slopes
  • Do not approach canals
  • Avoid going out if the errand is not urgent or is unnecessary

④Get interested in activities in the area where you live

Participate in disaster drills that are conducted at universities, government, neighborhood associations, etc. In the event of a disaster, please cooperate with local citizens' efforts, such as in the rescue of neighboring residents, in confirmation of their safety, in cooking, and in the management of evacuation centers. Take the initiative and work hard.