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In response to the changing situation of COVID-19 and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, UVic has announced the beginning of the winter semester will be provided online.

According to a press release issued by the university, classes, which are scheduled to begin on January 10th, will be provided online until January 24th. 

The announcement came Thursday, to allow students a chance to finalize their possible travel plans, instructors time to prepare for the start of a new term and coordination and collaboration between Island Health and the university. 

Some courses, including those with clinical, performance, studio or lab components will continue to operate in person with appropriate approval and safety protocols. 

Besides these specific courses, instructors have been notified to contact students directly if their course includes a face-to-face component to alter the delivery.

The announcement comes after UVic saw an increasing number of COVID-19 cases emerge on campus and ceased in-person exams just this month.

See more: UVic ceases in-person exams in response to rising COVID-19 numbers on-campus

Come January 4th, the following university facilities will be open; 

  • student housing and dining services
  • registrar’s office
  • student services, including mental health and wellness services
  • research facilities
  • Libraries

New student welcome and orientation will be offered online.

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