Online instruction to continue until Jan. 31

When the University decided to move the first two weeks of this semester to online instruction, it did so with the hope that the latest wave of COVID-19 cases would have peaked by now.

Unfortunately, the omicron variant has been more transmissible than previous versions of the disease, and the number of cases has not declined as fast as models had predicted. With case numbers still very high in Michigan and Detroit, it has become apparent that the University must extend this current online format for one more week to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty.

This decision will align Detroit Mercy with many other colleges and universities in the area that chose to provide online instruction through the end of January. We fully expect all McNichols and Riverfront Campus classes to begin in-person classes on Jan. 31. Until then, everything remains the same as it has been since the start of the semester. Students with labs, studios, performance classes, internships, and clinical placements will hear from their professors regarding their arrangements. The School of Dentistry will follow the guidelines it has outlined. Events scheduled before Jan. 31 must be virtual. Staff and administrative employees should continue to work with their supervisors to determine work schedules.

This decision may be disappointing, but it is in the best interest of the health and safety of the Detroit Mercy family at this time, and your understanding is appreciated. You . Detroit Mercy is a community, and a community is stronger and safer when it comes together. The University continues to monitor its policies and protocols and will update the University community when appropriate.

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