CHICAGO (CBS) – DePaul University is putting the first two weeks of its winter term online, due both to concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19 and the possibility of a winter surge.
University officials have said that because classes start just before New Years Eve, the first two weeks of winter term classes – from Monday January 3 to Saturday January 15 – will be held online. Exceptions can be made for courses which cannot be organized online.
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In-person classes are scheduled to resume on Tuesday, January 18, following the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day.
“DePaul is fully committed to in-person learning,” said university president Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban and provost Dr. Salma Ghanem, announcing the move. “This measure, combined with our adherence to local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines, will help us start the winter term cautiously so that we can maintain a strong university experience for the remainder of the academic year. Safety and health remain our priorities.
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DePaul Residences will open as scheduled on Sunday, January 2, but students who live on campus may be required to take a negative COVID-19 test before returning from winter vacation.
Other university services and operations are expected to continue with limited or reduced in-person staff, as well as virtual service offerings.
Starting January 3, campus buildings will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and will require an ID to enter.
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DePaul advised the campus community to visit his COVID-19 Updates and Tips page for the latest information.