CHICAGO (CBS) — DePaul University is moving the first two weeks of its winter quarter online, due both to concerns about the omicron variant of COVID-19 and the possibility of a winter surge.

University officials said because classes there start right before the New Year, the first two weeks of winter quarter courses – from Monday, Jan. 3, to Saturday, Jan. 15 – will be held online. Exceptions may be made for courses that cannot be held online.

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The fall quarter at DePaul has already ended.

In-person classes are expected to resume Tuesday, Jan. 18., after the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“DePaul is fully committed to in-person learning,” university President Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban and Provost Dr. Salma Ghanem said in announcing the move. “This measure—combined with our adherence to local, state and federal COVID-19 guidance—will help us cautiously start winter quarter so we can sustain a robust college experience the remainder of the academic year. Safety and health remain our priorities.”

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DePaul residence halls will open as planned on Sunday, Jan. 2, but students who live on campus may need to show a negative COVID-19 test before returning from winter break.

Other university services and operations are expected to keep going with limited or reduced in-person staffing, along with virtual service offerings.

Starting Jan. 3, campus buildings will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and will require an ID card swipe for entry.

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DePaul advised the campus community to visit its COVID-19 Updates and Guidance page for the latest information.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff