In accordance with "the Basic Policy to Ensure the Safety of Yoshida-Ryo Resident Students" (hereinafter referred to as "the Basic Policy") which was determined on 19 December 2017, the University requested the Yoshida-Ryo Resident Student Association to cease accepting new applications for residence in the dormitory, and requested all 272 of the current Yoshida-Ryo resident students to leave the dormitory (both the Old and the New Buildings) by the end of September 2018. Following those requests, over 200 resident students left the dormitory, including those who graduated in 2017 and those who moved to alternative accommodation provided by the University. However, over 60 students are still living in the Yoshida-Ryo, and the University is unable to confirm which residents are living in the Old Building and which are living in the New Building.
The University has a responsibility to ensure the safety of its students, and was therefore unable to overlook the fact that students continued to live in the Yoshida-Ryo, parts of which (particularly the Old Building) are in a very dangerous condition. The University requested the Kyoto District Court to issue a legal order (a provisional disposition prohibiting transfer of possession) on 20 December 2018. The court order was executed on 17 January 2019, but despite this action, students still continue to live in the dormitory in dangerous conditions.
In the course of these procedures, the University also discovered that the dormitory was being inappropriately managed by the Yoshida-Ryo Resident Student Association. The University respects the long-standing autonomous management of the dormitory by the student association. However, its actual practices are currently far removed from the kind of responsible management that are required in our current society. As the University is responsible for the appropriate management of the Yoshida-Ryo, it cannot overlook such inappropriate management.
The University has formulated a plan to address these issues, proceed with the implementation of the Basic Policy, and ensure the appropriate management of the Yoshida-Ryo. The plan was formulated by the Deans and Directors Meeting and the Board of Executive Directors, in the same way as the Basic Policy.
A. The old Yoshida-Ryo building
Regarding the old Yoshida-Ryo building (including the old dining hall, hereinafter referred to as "the Old Building"), the following rules have been established to ensure the safety of resident students as per the Basic Policy.
B. The new Yoshida-Ryo building
- Inform the University of your name, faculty/department of affiliation, and room number in the new Yoshida-Ryo building. Respond to all inquiries and comply with inspections by University staff members while residing in the dormitory and when moving out.
- Personally pay the monthly provisional accommodation fee of 400 yen and the required utility charges to the University.
- Comply with inspections by University staff members if required in order to facilitate the appropriate management of the dormitory.
- Do not accept any new applications to reside in the dormitory. (This applies both to resident students and to the resident student association.)
- If instructed by the University due to an unavoidable reason in management, leave the New Building and move to alternative accommodation provided by the University.
- Do not access the Old Building.
C. Further details regarding the plan for Yoshida-Ryo
- To all persons currently living in the Yoshida-Ryo