Campus Life and Services

Student Services/ Development

Graduate students at the University of Detroit Mercy are invited and encouraged to become fully engaged in the life of the University community, much of which occurs beyond the classroom. Most services are available on both the Outer Drive and McNichols campuses. If you require or wish to use services or facilities not available on your home campus, please feel free to do so. Activities and events scheduled for either campus are open to all University of Detroit Mercy students.

Student handbooks and materials are available and distributed on each campus describing the specific policies, regula- tions, organizations, services, hours of operation and events. If you would like additional information, please refer to the handbook or contact the appropriate office.

Campus Organizations

A variety of student organizations exists on both campuses. They include professional and honorary societies, social, ethnic, political, fraternal, social action, community service and student government organizations. All organizations welcome new members. Further information may be obtained from the Student Life Office.

Campus Activities and Events

The colleges, student organizations and Student Life Office sponsor a wide range of activities and events throughout the academic year. Such events include major presentations by speakers and panels of co-curricular interest, as well as programming related to and dealing with the problems of life and society. Social events range from informal gatherings and receptions to dances and formal occasions.

The city offers additional opportunities for students to take advantage of the cultural and entertainment possibilities available only in a major metropolitan area.

Student Union/Ward Conference Center

The University Center (McNichols) and Ward Conference Center (Outer Drive) provide a variety of facilities and services for the University community. Both buildings contain cafeterias and bookstores with new and used texts, supplies, snacks and other items. Lounge areas are provided for relaxation or quiet study. Many student events are scheduled in these facilities.

Residence Life

There are six residence halls on the McNichols campus. Information on the various residence hall options may be obtained from the Office of Residence Life on the McNichols Campus.

University Ministry

Campus ministers are present on all campuses. University Ministry assists the University community in embodying the Mercy and Jesuit charisms upon which the University was founded. In addition to regular celebration of the liturgy, University Ministry offers students the opportunity for personal spiritual growth and encourages both the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

Health and Counseling Services

The Health Service Center is located on the McNichols Campus. It is staffed during regular business hours by a trained staff who provide limited acute health care to University students. Emergencies and serious illnesses on either campus are referred to local hospitals. The Health Service Center offers a comprehensive health insurance plan to all students.

A full-time licensed counselor is available to assist students with personal problems they may encounter. All counseling contacts are treated as personal and confidential. Students who need assistance should contact the counselor directly.


The University competes on the Division I level in the NCAA and is a member of the Horizon League. Students may attend home events free of charge. Schedules and ticket information are distributed on both campuses.

Calihan Hall offers a number of facilities which are available to students, including a gym, racquetball courts, indoor track and the Larry Bleach Fitness Center. Outdoor facilities include softball, touch football and soccer fields and tennis courts.

Public Safety

Both campuses provide 24-hour public safety protection year round. Public Safety provides security and emergency services for all persons and property on campus. Parking permits and student identification cards are issued through the Public Safety Office.

In addition to its security functions, Public Safety provides printed materials, seminars and programs for students on personal safety, crime prevention, self-defense, etc. Call (313) 993-1233 for Public Safety on the McNichols Campus or (313) 993-6060 on the Outer Drive Campus.


Plenty of lighted and convenient parking is available to students on both campuses. Parking permits, valid for either campus, are issued as part of the student registration process. Permits are available at the Student Life Office (McNichols Campus) or the Commuter Convenience Center (Outer Drive Campus). Parking rules and

regulations are enforced by Public Safety personnel.

Special Services

Students with needs for special assistance due to physical or other handicap on either a short- or long-term basis should contact the Office of University Advising and Academic Services (313) 993-1288.

Alcohol and Drugs

The University policy on the use of alcohol and drugs is published and distributed annually to all members of the University community. Students should be aware that, in addition to the serious health, legal and personal problems associated with the illicit or abusive use of alcohol and drugs, there can be University disciplinary action as well. Sanctions for violation of the law and/or University policy can include suspension or dismissal from the University.

Help is available in dealing with the difficulties related to abuse of alcohol and other drugs, both on campus and through a variety of community agencies. An initial contact may be made through any of the following offices: Personal Counseling, Health Services, Addiction Studies, University Ministry, Residence Life, Student Life.

Conduct Code and Disciplinary Procedures

Violations of University rules or civil laws may result in disciplinary action by the University. Academic violations are governed by policies and procedures in each of the colleges and schools. Non-academic misconduct is governed by the policies and procedures published in the student handbook. Students charged with major violations of academic or student conduct codes may be expelled, suspended or given a lesser sanction.


Information and statistics on graduation rates and campus safety is published annually and is available upon request from the Office of Student Affairs at (313) 993-1028. Policies on sexual harassment and AIDS are included in the student handbook.

Computer Centers

Academic Computing and Administrative Computing provide facilities and services dedicated to meeting educational, research and administrative needs of the University. These resources are made available to all qualified University students, faculty and staff.

Academic Computing operates general purpose computing labs on the McNichols and Outer Drive campuses where students and faculty may use personal computers for their academic work. Student consultants are available in the labs to assist with the use of computer facilities.

Each student is eligible for a free University e-mail account, file storage account and web publishing account. Account applications are available in any Academic Computing lab.

Administrative Computing uses a Unisys ClearPath mainframe to run the student information and financial databases. This system is utilized by all academic departments for registration, grades, transcripts and other student records.

Libraries/Media Services

The McNichols Campus Library, the Outer Drive Urban Health Education and Dental Library, the Instructional Design Studios, and the Kresge Law Library provide library and media services to the University community.

More than one-half million volumes, 5,000 leading literary, health, scientific and professional print and electronic journals, 11,000 audiovisual titles, and a collection of over 90,000 U.S. Federal and State government documents comprise the librariesí collections. Media resources include videotapes, phonograph records, compact discs, books-on-tape, slides, multi-media kits, and three-dimensional models.

All library facilities and services are open to registered students, faculty, staff and administrators. Reference assistance is available in each library. Librarians provide instruction in research techniques, and librarians answer questions sent electronically to the eDesk. To check out materials, a validated student ID/library card is required.

Libraries/Media Services maintains the UDM Re:Search portal (http://research. of 57 academic discipline pages and four mission initiatives (catholic, social justice, sustainable communities, and diversity). Each page contains subject-specific resources including online databases of full-text articles, selected bibliographies of core materials owned by the libraries, links to resources available through the World Wide Web, and links to professional associations. Each page also offers an eJournal feed of weekly refreshed articles related to the disciplines that are available in full-text on the Internet. The portal provides access to Infomine, a database of more than 24,000 indexed scholarly sites, the catalog of the UDM librariesí resources and services, links to a number of other catalogs, and virtual tours of the libraries and the Re:Search portal.

The librariesí databases allow students to directly search online for full-text periodical articles while CD-ROMS further support student research needs. These electronic delivery systems include indexes in art, business, education, nursing, social sciences, science and technology, humanities, and law. Full-text articles can be found in over 4,000 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Electronic journal collections include biomedical, mental health, nursing, engineering, humanities, womenís issues, social sciences, and business titles. The databases contain citations to journal articles, dissertations, patents, technical meetings and papers and books covering current research in all the academic disciplines. Electronic connection to the Internet provides additional access to research materials worldwide.

The Kresge Law Library offers access to specialized collections in American and International law. The Libraryís online catalog, Murphy, is accessible from each of the other University libraries. Loan periods, circulation policies and hours of service are distinctive for this library.

The Instructional Design Studios provide, instructional technology design, photographic services, satellite downlinking, transparency-making and laminating services. Media services also include web-site design, digital graphic and video production, digital content conversion, and distance learning classroom support. Media Services serves as an active advocate for the use of media and technology for teaching and learning through training, providing access to tools and information on how to use technology, and creation of materials for teaching and learning.

The University Libraries are a member of DALNET an automated network composed of twenty-three major Detroit area libraries. The network includes a joint online public catalog, Im@gine, of over eight million volumes, circulation information, and image databases. Students from each institution have access to the resources of the other institutions through the use of the online catalog and can determine whether a volume is checked out. In addition, the libraries have access to more than 47 million titles in the collections of over 40,300 member libraries located in 69 countries through OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center) an international computer network.

Research Programs and Centers

Special research facilities are available for graduate students in engineering and science. Chemistry has extensive modern instrumentation, a high frequency NMR, one ESR, several UV-visible, infrared and atomic absorption spectrometers; a differential thermal analyzer, a Gouy balance; a solution calorimeter; and equipment for photochemical and kinetic work.

Engineering, besides having its own research facilities, is affiliated with the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan and local industrial research labs. Notable on-campus facilities include the magnetic resonance laboratory, the Manufacturing Institute and an automotive center with both an automotive electronics laboratory and an engine laboratory.

The NSF-funded Greenfield Coalition for manufacturing engineering education is a partnership of six universities, major manufacturing industries and Focus: HOPE. The goal of the Coalition is the development of a flexible manufacturing engineering educational program that is contextually based and that utilizes state-of-the-art multimedia and distant delivery methodology.

The University Psychology Clinic serves the metropolitan community with diagnostic services and psychotherapy on a sliding fee scale. In addition, the Clinic serves as a practicum site for students in the graduate psychology programs.

The Psychology Laboratory provides facilities for experimental and observational research with individuals and groups, including full audio-video monitoring capabilities.


The Universityís alumni are an important part of the foundation upon which the institutionís reputation is built. Graduates can be found working in virtually every type of business and profession in every major metropolitan region in the United States. Many also live and work in rural areas and in more than 80 international locations.

Alumni are represented in large numbers in management positions in the auto industry, serve as presidents and CEOs of major corporations, practice in law firms, accounting firms, dental and medical professions. Graduates sit on the Michigan Supreme Court, educate the next generation of leaders in our classrooms, design structures that alter the skylines of our cities and contribute to the quality of their communities through civic involvement.

More than 73 percent of the Universityís 63,000 graduates remain in Michigan. The UDM Alumni Association provides opportunities for graduates to continue their connection to their alma mater. Alumni are invited to participate as advisors to the president, deans, administrators and faculty through committees; provide career advice and mentoring assistance to students; attend social gatherings and enrichment opportunities; and alumni are present and vocal in cheering the Titan teams to victory.

Campus Locations

University of Detroit Mercy students are taught on three campuses located within the city of Detroit. Selected programs are offered at extended campus sites throughout Michigan.

The McNichols campus is situated on 70 acres in a northwest Detroit residential area. Located here are six student residence halls.

The 40-acre Outer Drive campus is located in northwest Detroit, at the corner of the Southfield Freeway and West Outer Drive. The School of Dentistry is housed in a new clinic on this campus. Facilities for continuing education and professional conferences are provided at the Ward Conference Center on the Outer Drive Campus.

The School of Law and the Kresge Law Library are located across from the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.

Community Services

As an independent Catholic institution of higher education, the University of Detroit Mercy supports a mission focused on teaching and learning. However, another important facet of UDMís mission is service to others. Both the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, which guide the University, have emphasized community service as a vital aspect in the education and development of students. Through a comprehensive curriculum, students are challenged to develop their social, leadership and service responsibilities. UDM continually reaffirms this commitment to service as students, faculty and staff initiate and participate in community outreach activities to benefit Detroit area residents.