DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — One North Texas university won’t be welcoming students back on campus as originally scheduled for the spring semester.

The University of Texas at Dallas says a projected surge in omicron variant cases of COVID-19 will delay the start of classes by about a week. As it stands, the start date has been pushed from January 10 to January 18, one day after the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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University of Texas at Dallas

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“The highly contagious omicron variant of coronavirus is now projected to account for 92 percent of current COVID-19 infections in a multistate region that includes Texas,” University President Dr. Richard C. Benson said in a statement to students.

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The move may be the first of many at the school. U-T Dallas officials say they aren’t ruling out other, potential changes, depending on the number of omicron cases.

CBSDFW.com Staff