University of the Pacific announced this week that the majority of classes will be moved to remote learning until the end of the month.

The university said the decision was made in order to prioritize the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and that students will return to in-person learning on Jan. 31.

“We will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 in our communities, provide regular updates and make adjustments as conditions warrant,” UOP officials said.

According to the university, clinical operations and simulation labs at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, McGeorge School of Law, School of Health Sciences and Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy will continue in person while following COVID-19 protocols.

More information about COVID-19 protocols can be found at

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