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Members of the campus community are calling on University officials to push back the start of in-person learning

More than 800 University of Michigan students and faculty have signed an open letter asking the university to adjust plans for the start of winter 2022.

The letter, dated December 17, calls on the university to delay teaching in in-person classes for at least two weeks in order to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, which is now the dominant strain of the virus in the United States while the variant continues to spread rapidly across the country, The letter says the university can prevent spread on campus by moving the winter 2022 schedule back two weeks and ramping up course schedules or roughly starting the semester and then moving to in-person instructions.

“We understand that each of these potential scenarios brings with it a number of issues that need to be addressed, and so we hope that management will seek advice from faculty, staff, and students and work with them to devise a suitable alternative,” the letter reads. “We also hope that the administration will at least consider leaving it to the teacher’s discretion whether to teach virtually or in person as long as there is a significant threat of a serious outbreak on campus.”


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