By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The University of Pittsburgh will start off its spring semester remotely, officials announced on Thursday.

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The first two and a half weeks of classes will be online starting on January 10.

Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann E. Cudd says that this will allow for COVID-19 testing and sheltering in place for students living on campus to happen.

The university says this decision comes as the omicron variant has made COVID-19 cases spike everywhere, including here in Allegheny County.

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In-person instruction will start on January 27.

Any exceptions to this policy will be alerted to students affected.

For the few exempted in-person classes being held, vaccinated students must not be showing any symptoms of the virus. Unvaccinated students will have to comply with weekly testing and apply for an exemption.

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Stay with KDKA as we follow this developing story.