As college students make their way back to campus to begin classes after the holiday break, many are faced with remote learning to start the semester. Many of Michigan's colleges and universities paused in-person learning for the first week or two due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, but Oakland University is extending that time.

University officials announced Monday, January 10th, that they would be extended remote learning through January 31st. The university had recently announced they would be starting their winter term, which started January 5th, online until January 18th due to the increase in COVID-19 and spreading Omicron variant.

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The university indicated that some in-person services at the university will remain open including Kresge Library, Oakland Center, and university auxiliaries, and hope to return to in-person learning on February 1.

“We advise the OU community to be vigilant in proactively following the university's established infection prevention measures, and ask that employees continue to work with their supervisors regarding the feasibility of remote work,” Oakland University said in part in a press release according ot WXYZ Detroit. 

Oakland University, along with other universities across the state, encourages students and to get vaccinated and receive the booster.

"Please rest assured that we will continue to make data-informed decisions to protect the OU community. We are grateful to all students, faculty, and staff for your continuing cooperation in keeping the OU community in good health," the university said.

In an effort to slow down the spread and ease the increasing cases, OU joined along with other Michigan universities such as Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, and Michigan State University recently announcing they would start their new semesters online.

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