Services & Prevention
The Department of Public Safety provides numerous services to the University community.
- Auto battery jump-starts
- Campus escort services
- Educational programs
- Security surveys
- Emergency services
- Operation identification
- Conditional temporary parking
- Vehicle lockouts
Make an informed decision about parking on Detroit Mercy Campuses reading the below. Campus roadway and parking policies are maintained by the Student Life Office and can be viewed at the Student Life Parking and ID Policies website. Remember to register or renew your vehicle permit for campus parking.
The speed limit is 15 MPH on all campus roadways, help us keep pedestrians safe.
All motor vehicles are required to be properly licensed by the registered state. Improperly licensed vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.
Parking lots have restricted parking sections on campus, be mindful of those restrictions before you park your vehicle.
Vehicles parked along a yellow curb or in the aisle way will be towed at the owner's expense.
All vendors making delivery to a university campus must stop at the entrance and provide delivery information to the officer. Detroit Mercy reserves the right to refuse entrance to vendors who refuse to comply. Vendors who will be on Detroit Mercy property to render services beyond 24-hours must contact the Department of Public Safety Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at (313) 993-1235 or visit us at the McNichols Department of Public Safety to make special parking arrangements.
Mobility Impaired Parking
The University of Detroit Mercy has parking available for persons with physical limitations. You are required to have a State of Michigan disability permit or license plate to park in these designated areas. If your impairment is a temporary injury contact the Department of Public Safety Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at (313) 993-1235 or visit us at the McNichols Department to make special parking arrangements.
Tickets and Appeals
Parking Ticket payments are no longer accepted in the Public Safety Office.
Payments must be made at the Student Accounting Office (SAO), located in the Fisher Administration Center on the garden level, FAC40.
SAO Hours of Operations are Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Payments made within 24-hours of issuance will receive 50% off the listed fine.
Citations received after 5:00pm on Friday are eligible to the 50% off when paid by 5:00pm on the following Monday.
Hold Release Process
The Public Safety Department must receive notification from the Student Accounting Office when payments have been made. When making a payment, kindly ask SAO to notify Public Safety. Holds are removed from accounts within 48-hours of notification.
To appeal a parking ticket issued on a University of Detroit Mercy Campus, please follow the below:
- Complete a Parking and Roadway Appeals form within 10 days of issuance. Appeals forms are also available at the McNichols Campus Public Safety Department.
- Be sure to include all relevant information on your submission.
- Submit the appeal at the McNichols Campus Public Safety Department service counter or mail it to:
University of Detroit Mercy Department of Public Safety
ATTN: Ms. Smith
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221
- Your account will not be placed on a Public Safety hold while the citation is under review.
- Appeals Board reviews are held once each quarter.
- A written notice will be mailed to the address listed on your appeals form when the review process is completed.
- Appeals are FINAL and not subject to a second review.
Much like your municipal police department; Detroit Public Safety Department provides the same services you expect from your hometown police department, plus a wide range of other campus specific services.
It is our hope that you will protect your property and yourself by remembering these safety tips and calling for a campus escort if you have concerns about walking to your destination. When you can’t use the buddy system, a campus escort is available to students and employees.
Requesting a campus escort:
- Call the Public Safety 24-Hour Control Center at 313-993-1234.
- Be specific about your location when you call.
- If you’re experiencing a problem tell us immediately.
- A Public Safety Officer will be dispatched to accompany you to a parking lot or nearby location.
- Remain in a well-lit location of safety.
- Ask for the approximate arrival time.
What is Etching?
It is the permanent marking of your vehicle's glass with the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) in order to discourage thefts.
What good will it do?
Thieves steal vehicles in order to make easy money by either quickly selling parts stripped off the vehicle or by selling the entire vehicle. A vehicle with etched glass costs the thieves money because it has to be removed, disposed of, and replaced before the vehicle is sold. As a result, thieves learn to not steal etched vehicles. In short, etching your vehicle is a good theft prevention measure.
Will it damage the windows?
No. The process only affects the outer most layer of glass. This will in no way damage your windows or make them weaker.
Will it alter my car's appearance?
No. The numbering is only 1/4" in height and 2" in width. The numbering has a white color that can be seen within a few feet of your vehicle. Thieves and police officers know where to look for the etching, but the casual passer-by will not notice.
How long does it take?
It should only take 10 minutes. The vehicle owner must complete a registration form and have staff create the stencils. The owner may park their vehicle anywhere, but the windows must be completely closed.
How much does it cost?
Although some car dealerships and glass companies will provide etching for a fee of up to $250, Michigan Auto Theft Prevention Authority is providing this service free of charge. It's our hope that the program will decrease the number of vehicle thefts and make you feel more secure.
What are other additional benefits of VIN etching?
- By having your vehicle etched, you may qualify for a discount on the comprehensive coverage of your auto insurance premium.
- It is an economical way of auto theft prevention. It is free.
- Etched vehicle windows provide traceable numbers in case of theft.
- Makes your car less attractive to the car thieves. Instead of making money on your vehicle, the thief has to spend money to remove and dispose of the etched windows.
Lost & Found
For LOST items
The Department of Public Safety is the central Lost & Found for Detroit Mercy. If you have lost an item, please call 313-993-1234 or stop by the office.
For FOUND items
For any items you have found, please bring them to the Public Safety Office located in the Student Center for McNichols Campus, the Clinic Building for Dental School, and at the Parking Lot Booth for Law School. In addition to your name, you will be asked to provide the date, time, and location of the found item.
DPS attempts to contact the owner of the found item if at all possible, especially for valuable items.
Public Safety Seminars
Although students play a big role in campus safety, the Public Safety Department is responsible for educating students about proper safety precautions. The Public Safety Department and the Detroit Police Department Crime Prevention Section provide a number of educational and crime prevention programs each year, including the following:
- Alcohol & drug abuse prevention
- Auto theft seminars
- Campus crime watch programs
- Self protection seminars
- Sexual assault seminars
The cooperation and involvement of students in a campus safety program is absolutely necessary. Students must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their own personal belongings by taking the following precautions:
- Doors should be locked when rooms are unoccupied.
- Valuables such as stereos, cameras and televisions should be marked with engravers provided by Public Safety.
- Bicycles must be registered with Public Safety and should be secured with a sturdy lock.
- Vehicles must be parked in assigned areas and locked at all times.
- Valuables left in a car should be locked in the trunk.
- Individuals should walk in well lit areas and use the buddy system or the campus escort service.
Sexual Assault Prevention
Statement of Purpose
The first step of educating the community in the fight against sexual assault is to show the public how the criminal sexual conduct law works to protect them. The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Public Safety has provided University resources and several local agencies that offer educational programs which provide techniques to avoid sexual assault and date rape. Download the Sexual Assault policy here.
Prevention programs and prompt reporting of sexual assault are essential to help keep the University community safe from these often traumatic incidents. Sexual assault education also helps to encourage those that have been victimized to report the offense.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault at Detroit, your first priority is to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain the necessary medical treatment. Detroit Mercy's Department of Public Safety strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to a Detroit Mercy officer and/or to a Housing and Residential Education representative. Filing a police report with a Detroit Mercy officer will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:
- Ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and test, at no expense to the victim
- Provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution which may not be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam)
- Assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.
When a sexual assault victim contacts the Department of Public Safety, the Detroit Police Department Sex Crimes Unit will be notified as well. The Dean of Students shall be notified of student related incidents.
Agencies and Resources
To schedule an appointment for Detroit Mercy personal counseling, call during business hours Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
McNichols Campus: Personal Counseling Services, 4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit
- Marjorie Lang, MA LLPC, JD
- Annamaria Silveri, MA LPC
Detroit Police Department Sex Crime Unit Rape Counseling Center
- 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Detroit Police Department Police Community Services Unit
Interim House Y.W.C.A. of Metropolitan Detroit - Domestic Violence
- P.O. Box 21904, Detroit, Mich. 48221
- 24-Hour Crisis Line 313-861-5300
First Step Western Wayne County Project on Domestic and Sexual Violence
- 26650 Eureka Road, Taylor, Mich. 48180
If you need additional emotional assistance because you are a secondary victim (i.e. parent, friend) of a sexual assault victim, you may call any of the listed crisis lines 24-hours a day for support or additional referrals:
- 1-888-453-4900 (toll free)
Sexual Misconduct Policy
Statement of Purpose
The University of Detroit Mercy is committed to promoting an environment which supports its educational mission and Jesuit and Mercy traditions. In addition, the University seeks to create a climate which preserves the safety and dignity of its members. In particular, the University views, with the utmost seriousness, offenses against an individual such as stalking, sexual harassment, inappropriate sexual touching, sexual assault and any other form of non-consensual sexual activity.
The University experience includes learning to make wise choices. The decision-making process can be a challenge and an opportunity for students, faculty and staff. At the University of Detroit Mercy, choices are framed by an ethical and moral commitment to honesty, to the dignity of the individual and to responsibility to others.
This policy addresses Sexual Misconduct. It provides information on the University’s prevention, education and resources related to dealing with sexual misconduct. Once made aware of potential sexual misconduct, this policy addresses how the University will proceed consistent with its institutional policies and values, its legal obligations under Title IX and other applicable state and federal laws.
There is a separate policy and protocol for reporting alleged Sexual Harassment that can be found at HR.
Sexual Misconduct is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that constitutes sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence (including domestic violence and dating violence) or stalking, and includes related acts of retaliation.
Prevention and Education
The University sponsors a variety of educational programs that seek to raise awareness of sexual assault issues and maximize prevention and of such events, including other programs coordinated through the Office of the Dean of Students and Department of Public Safety, through collaborative efforts with all three campuses to prevent sexual misconduct through education, awareness and skill building.
Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators
The following have been designated as the Title IX Coordinator to coordinate the University of Detroit Mercy’s compliance with the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment and sexual assault:
Individuals who believe that they have been subject to sexual misconduct may choose (a) to report the incident to the University so that appropriate action can be taken, including implementing procedures within the University's disciplinary procedures; (b) to report the incident to the Department of Public Safety and/or (c) to not report the incident. Reports may be made regardless of when the incident(s) occurred.
Students and employees who are unsure about whether they want to report may contact a confidential counselor. Going to a confidential counselor does not foreclose the opportunity to make a report to the University or file a formal complaint at a later time. Confidential counselors can also help students and employees understand what reporting options are available and assist with the process if they choose to file a formal complaint.
For all students (undergraduate, graduate, Law and Dental), the University's confidential counselors are:
Annamaria Silveri, RN, LPC, LLP, PhD
Marjorie Lang, MA, LLPC, JD
Natalie Wicks, LMSW, SCSW
Julie Hamilton, ASCW, CAADC (Dental)
When reports are made to the Title IX Coordinator or a Title IX Deputy Coordinator, the University has the obligation to review all reports and respond appropriately. Whether or not to report is your choice. The Title IX Coordinators can assist you in filing a formal complaint.
Cyberstalking, is online stalking. It has been defined as the use of technology, particularly the Internet, to harass someone. Characteristics include false accusations, monitoring, threats, identity theft, and data destruction or manipulation. Cyberstalking also includes exploitation of minors, be it sexual or otherwise.
The harassment can take on many forms, but the common denominator is that it's unwanted, often obsessive, and usually illegal. Cyberstalkers use email, instant messages, phone calls, and other communication devices to stalk, whether it takes the form of sexual harassment, inappropriate contact, or just plain annoying attention to your life and your family's activities.
Kids use the term "stalking" to describe following someone's activities via their social network. My own children accuse me of being their "stalker" for keeping tabs on their digital lives. It's important that we not devalue the serious nature of the crime of cyberstalking by using the term incorrectly. A recent television commercial for a major cellular provider depicts a young woman spying on her crush through his bedroom window while she monitors his online activities on her cell phone. While it's meant to be a humorous ad, it's extremely unsettling when stalking occurs in the real world.
Interestingly, this same ad points to an important fact about cyberstalking; it is often perpetrated not by strangers, but by someone you know. It could be an ex, a former friend, or just someone who wants to bother you and your family in an inappropriate way.
Here are a few important pointers to help you AVOID cyberstalking, whether it's directed at you, your PC, or your family:
- Maintain vigilance over physical access to your computer and other Web-enabled devices like cell phones. Cyberstalkers use software and hardware devices (sometimes attached to the back of your PC without you even knowing) to monitor their victims.
- Be sure you always log out of your computer programs when you step away from the computer and use a screensaver with a password. The same goes for passwords on cell phones. Your kids and your spouse should develop the same good habits.
- Make sure to practice good password management and security. Never share your passwords with others. And be sure to change your passwords frequently! This is very important.
- Do an online search for your name or your family members' now and then to see what's available about you and your kids online. Don't be shy about searching social networks (including your friends' and colleagues'), and be sure to remove anything private or inappropriate.
- Delete or make private any online calendars or itineraries--even on your social network--where you list events you plan to attend. They could let a stalker know where you're planning to be and when.
- Use the privacy settings in all your online accounts to limit your online sharing with those outside your trusted circle. You can use these settings to opt out of having your profile appear when someone searches for your name. You can block people from seeing your posts and photos, too.
- If you suspect that someone is using spyware software to track your everyday activities, and you feel as if you're in danger, only use public computers or telephones to seek help. Otherwise, your efforts to get help will be known to your cyberstalker and this may leave you in even greater danger.
- As always, use good, updated security software to prevent someone from getting spyware onto your computer via a phishing attack or an infected Web page. Check the app store for your mobile devices to see what security software is available.
Dating Violence (TeLL)
Truth Embraces Love without Lies (TeLL)
What is Dating Violence?
Dating Violence is the abuse of one partner in a dating relationship. Dating violence can happen to anyone, no matter gender, race, or sexual orientation. The abuse has many forms:
- Harmful words
- Hitting, slapping
- Pushing, shoving
- Unwanted or forced sex
- Controlling dress, activities, behavior
- Excessive phoning, emailing, or texting
- Preventing contact with family and/or friends
If you are a victim of dating violence, report it to public safety or the police.
If you see a fellow student being abused, or in a risky situation, step in and assist that person!
Alcohol is a factor in most cases of sexual assault on campus. Party smart – Avoid excessive alcohol, keep your head straight!
313-578-0496 or 313-993-1170
Detroit Police Crisis Line (24 hours)
Y.W.C.A - Domestic Violence Crisis Line
First Step (24 hours)
Common Ground Sanctuary
248-456-0909 or 800-231-1127
248-334-1274 or 877-922-1274
Auto Theft (HEAT)
A Crime of Opportunity
Practice These Safety Tips to Keep You and Your vehicle Safe:
- Lock your car - half of all vehicles stolen are left unlocked
- Take your keys - nearly 20% of all vehicles stolen have keys in them
- Don't leave valuables in plain view - they may invite thieves to break into your car
- Completely close your windows - don't make it easy to gain access to your car
- Don't hide a spare set of keys in the car - professional thieves know where to look
- Don't keep your registration in your glove compartment - Thieves have just what they need if they steal your car. Keep it in your wallet
- Even if burdened down with packages, try to keep one hand free with the ignition key in hand. Look around and inside the car before getting in
- If threatened by a carjacker with a gun or other weapon, GIVE UP THE CAR. DON'T ARGUE. A life is more important than any car.
Make it harder on the theif
- Park with your wheels turned toward the curb to help prevent your vehicle from being pushed or towed away
- If your vehicle has rear-wheel drive, back into your driveway - rear wheels lock on rear-wheel drive vehicles, making them tough to tow. Front-wheel drive vehicles should be parked front end first
- Always use your emergency brake when parking
- If you have a garage, use it, and when you do, lock both the vehicle and garage door
- If your vehicle is going to be unattended for a long period of time, disable it; for example, remove the ignition fuse or coil wire.