Equal Opportunity Policy
The University of Detroit Mercy is committed to the concept of equal opportunity and fair treatment for all persons in the University community. In carrying out this policy, the University will take affirmative action to achieve equal access and enhance opportunity for all individuals regardless of age, sex, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, handicap, military service, height, weight, marital status, or political belief. This policy is relevant to all aspects of the University including all recognized organizations, choice of contractors, and suppliers of goods and services. The University is further bound by applicable City, State and Federal laws and orders which provide the essential regulatory tools needed to back up its moral commitment to eliminate discrimination.
The Office of Human Resources has been designated to coordinate the University of Detroit Mercy’s compliance with all Federal Civil Rights laws.
This catalog is published for informational purposes only. It creates no contract rights for either students or staff. All questions concerning the application of any stated policy to an individual must be referred to the appropriate University officials for final determination.
Alcohol and Drugs
The University policy on the use of alcohol and drugs is published and distributed annually to all members of the UDM community and is available in the Student Handbook. 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 UDM.
Students should know that help is available in dealing with the difficulties related to alcohol and other drugs. Services are available both on campus and through a variety of community agencies. Initial contact may be made through any of the following offices: Personal Counseling, Health Services, Addiction Studies, Campus Ministry, Residence Life or Student Life.
Regular and punctual attendance is expected in all classes. Students are responsible for work missed because of late registration or for any other reason. Faculty communicate in writing their attendance policy to students in the first class session of the term/semester. Faculty may recommend that students withdraw from class when absence prevents the student from achieving the objectives of the course.
The Office of Human Resources has been designated to coordinate UDM's compliance with all Federal Civil Rights laws. The Human Resources Office may be contacted at:
Conduct Code and Disciplinary Procedures
Violations of campus rules or civil laws may result in disciplinary action. Disciplinary procedures are detailed in the Student Handbook.The Office of Student Development investigates charges concerning violations and imposes disciplinary sanction. Dormitory violations may be referred to the residence hall staff.
Students charged with academic violations may elect to accept the judgment of a dean; for non-academic violations they may request a formal hearing before the University Board of Student Conduct, composed of two students, a faculty member, and a Student Life administrator.
Penalties for minor violations may range from written warnings, probation (limitations of certain campus privileges) to required participation in a rehabilitative educational program.
Students charged with major violations may be suspended, expelled or given a lesser sanction.
The vice president for Student Affairs may suspend a student pending completion of any hearing if he/she feels such action is necessary. Matters taken to civil authorities will not be tried before campus bodies, although the vice president for Student Affairs may determine the status of a student on campus so tried.
(For further information, see the University Student Handbook.)
Release of Student Records
UDM maintains the confidentiality of student records in accordance with the provision of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended. At the University, the Registrar coordinates the inspection and review procedures for student records which include admissions, personal, academic and financial files as well as cooperative education and placement records.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They are:
(1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.
Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by University of Detroit Mercy to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
The University may disclose the following categories of public or "directory information" for any purpose, at its discretion: name, addresses, telephone numbers, dates of attendance, class, previous institutions attended, major field of study, awards, honors (includes Dean's List), degrees conferred (including dates), photographs, past and present participation in recognized sports and activities, physical factors (e.g. height, weight of athletes), date and place of birth. Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any such information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received by the Registrar by the end of the first week of classes for each semester or period of study.
Students with needs for special assistance due to physical or other handicaps, on either a temporary or long-term basis, should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Summary information on the University's financial condition is available to the public and prospective students, upon request, from the Office of Marketing & Public Affairs at (313) 993-1254. The most recent audited financial statements are available in the reference areas of all University libraries.
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) 993-1197. Policies on sexual harassment and AIDS are included in the Student Handbook.