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CU Boulder will begin spring semester with remote classes for at least a month

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Posted at 12:31 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 14:31:50-05

BOULDER, Colo. — The University of Colorado Boulder will begin the spring semester remotely for at least the first month, university officials announced Thursday.

The spring term begins Jan. 14. The university hopes to resume in-person learning by Feb. 15, though that schedule was not official yet.

"Current COVID-19 projections nationally" led to the decision to start the spring semester with remote classes, officials said in a news release. The university also announced that the spring commencement will be held virtually.

"In consultation with state and local health officials, we need to delay our in-person opportunities until cases decrease and we can provide a safer and more positive on-campus experience," the news release said. "We will do our best to avoid the back-and-forth shifts that created uncertainty for our campus community in the fall."

The university is asking students to "delay your travel to Boulder until our return to in-person courses" to limit the travel-related spread of COVID-19.

Earlier this fall, CU Boulder saw the biggest COVID-19 outbreak in the state before university and local officials ramped up restrictions and moved to online learning, reducing the spread of the virus. CU Boulder officials are holding an update news conference on the spring semester at 2:15 p.m. Thursday.