In response to the changing COVID-19 situation and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, UVic has announced that the start of the winter semester will be provided online.
According to a press release from the university, classes, which are scheduled to start Jan. 10, will be held online until Jan. 24.
The announcement came on Thursday, to allow students to finalize any 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 laboratory components, will continue to be conducted in person with appropriate approval and safety protocols.
In addition to these specific courses, instructors were encouraged to contact students directly if their course includes a face-to-face component to modify delivery.
The announcement comes after UVic saw a growing number of COVID-19 cases emerge on campus and ceased in-person exams this month.
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On January 4, the following university facilities will be open;
- student accommodation and food services
- registrar’s office
- student services, including mental health and wellness services
- research facilities
Welcome and orientation for new students will be offered online.