Campus Life and Services
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. Activities and events scheduled are open to all University of Detroit Mercy students.
Student handbooks and materials are available and distributed on campus describing the specific policies, regulations, organizations, services, hours of operation and events. If you would like additional information, please refer to the handbook or contact the appropriate office.
A variety of student organizations exist including 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 in the Student Center.
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.
The Student Center provides a variety of facilities and services for the University community, including a cafeteria and bookstore 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 this facility.
There are six residence halls on the campus. There is a limited amount of graduate student housing located in West Quad. Information on the various residence hall options may be obtained from the Office of Residence Life in Shiple Hall.
Campus ministers are present on campus. 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.
The Health Center is located on campus. It is staffed during regular business hours by 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 Center offers a comprehensive health insurance plan to all students. Students should contact the Health Center at (313) 993-1185 to schedule an appointment.
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 at (313) 578-0496.
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.
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 provides security and emergency services for all persons and property on campus year round. Parking permits and student identification cards are issued through the Titan Information Center located in the Student Center.
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.
Plenty of lighted and convenient parking is available to students on all campuses. Parking permits, valid for either campus, are issued as part of the student registration process. Permits are available at the Titan Information Center located in the Student Center. Parking rules and regulations are enforced by Public Safety personnel.
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 Academic Services (313) 993-1143.
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 and Student Life.
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 are published annually and are 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.
Information Technology Services (ITS) provides the computing, network, telecom, cable TV and audiovisual environment for the University community.
ITS computing labs provide on-campus access to desktop computers for students to use the Internet or academic-related courseware. For students bringing a personal notebook to campus, wireless access is available in all classrooms and many other locations across the campuses. For resident students, high-speed connectivity is available in every dorm room as well as limited wireless access. An on-campus helpdesk offers phone support as needed.
For the convenience of students, a web-based portal provides self-service access to many University services.
Each student is eligible for a free University web-based email account, file storage account and web publishing account. Email accounts are generally assigned upon entry to the University.
Students are also eligible for hardware and software discounts from local and national businesses.
Online and hybrid courses are offered through our local Blackboard server.
For more information, please visit http://it.udmercy.edu.
Libraries/Instructional Design Studio
The McNichols Campus Library, School of Dentistry Library, the Instructional Design Studio, and the Kresge Law Library provide access to print, media, and electronic collections and Blackboard course development and design services to the University community.
More than eight hundred thousand volumes, 5,000 leading law, literary, health, social science, scientific and professional print journals, over 83,700 electronic journals, 12,800 audiovisual items, and a collection of over 90,000 U.S. Federal and State government documents comprise the libraries' collections. Media resources include videotapes, DVDs, CDs, and multimedia kits.
All library facilities and services are open to registered students, faculty, staff and administrators. Librarians are available in each library to assist patrons in conducting their research. Librarians provide instruction in research techniques, and answer questions sent electronically to "email a Librarian" or "24/7 Reference Online Chat." ReSearchQuest, an online research tutorial covers how to search for, evaluate, and select appropriate academic information. To check out materials, a validated student ID/library card is required.
Libraries/IDS maintains the UDM Re:Search portal (http://research.udmercy.edu) of 55 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 Internet, lists of new materials acquired, and links to professional associations. The portal provides access to UDM's special print and digital collections, the catalogs of the UDM and DALNET libraries' resources and services, and links to a number of other catalogs, including Jesuit- and Mercy- sponsored higher institutions in the United States. Digital images of architecture student theses from 2004 through 2010 are available in the special collections institutional repository on the portal.
The libraries' databases allow students to directly search online for full-text journal articles. 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 83,700 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Electronic journal collections include biomedical, mental health, nursing, dental, engineering, humanities, women's 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 Libraries also provide access to over 90,000 e-books through the portal.
The Kresge Law Library offers access to specialized collections in American and International law. The Library's 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 Studio provides leadership in the use of technology in course development and design. IDS services include website design, digital graphic and video production for classroom use, digital content conversion, audio development for web delivery, and distance learning classroom support. IDS 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 automation network composed of eighteen major Detroit area libraries. The network includes a joint online public catalog of over two million volumes and direct access to three million additional 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 one billion items in the collections of over 73,000 libraries located in 112 countries through OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center), an international computer network.
Special research facilities are available in Engineering & Science. Chemistry has extensive modern instrumentation, NMR, 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.
Biology is housed in the fully-equipped Life Sciences Building with teaching and research labs for faculty and students; preparation, animal, aquarium, isotope and instrumentation rooms; greenhouse, photographic labs.
Engineering, besides 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 Psychology Clinic serves the adult Detroit metropolitan community with psychotherapy on a sliding-fee scale. It also provides closely-supervised experiences for clinical Ph.D. students.
The Psychology Laboratory provides facilities for experimental and observational research with individuals and groups, including full audio/video monitoring capabilities.
The Child Psychodiagnostic Clinic provides diagnostic services and treatments for children with educational and behavioral problems. It also provides supervised experience for psychology students.
The School of Architecture's Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit architecture and urban design/research firm dedicated to creating sustainable spaces and communities through quality design and the collaborative process. The DCDC works with community-based development organizations, local governments, residents and stakeholders, private developers, students, and local design professionals to enhance local leadership capacity and to promote quality design. Utilizing broad-based community participation in conjunction with design technologies, the DCDC produces projects that respond to locally defined concerns while empowering residents and stakeholders to facilitate their own process of community planning, development, and building design.
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.
Approximately 71 percent of the University's 83,000 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; 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.
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 School of Dentistry is located on the Corktown Campus at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near downtown Detroit.
The School of Law and the Kresge Law Library are located across from the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
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 UDM’s 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.