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What building is the Public Safety Department located in?  What are the hours of operation?

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is located:

McNichols Campus, on the southeast corner of the Student Center Building (view map)
Corktown Campus, at the main entrance of the Clinic Building (view map)
Riverfront Campus, on the first floor in the southeast corner (view map)

    • Patrol services are available 24/7/365. 
    • Administrative hours of operation Fall/Winter are: Monday - Friday 8:30am-5:00pm.
    • Administrative hours of operation Summer are: Monday - Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.

Do students need a Detroit Mercy ID card on campus?

Yes. University ID’s are required at all times for students, faculty and staff while on UDM property. Failure to display your ID on campus may limit campus services or result in a conduct referral to the Dean of Student Office.

Can Detroit Mercy officers arrest me for breaking the law?

Yes. For many years, our department has been referenced as a security agency. Even today, some people still refer to us as "security" although armed officers not only have a diverse background, but they all have completed the State of Michigan police training academy and possess arrest authority on UDM property.

What should a student do if he/she are uncomfortable walking across campus after dark?

Encourage your son or daughter to always walk with friends and to park in well lit parking areas.  When this is not an option he/she can call the Department of Public Safety at (313) 993-1234 for a campus or nearby escort during evening hours.

Are students allowed to have a firearm on campus for hunting or protection purposes?

No. The University is a weapons free school zone and prohibits the possession of firearms on campus except in very rare cases. Individuals found violating this policy and law are subject to arrest and/or other University sanctions.

Where can you locate information on crime statistics and other safety information?

The University of Detroit Mercy Department of Public Safety publishes campus crime statistics in our Annual Security & Fire Safety Report made available in September of each calendar year posted on the Public Safety website at www.udmercy.edu/publicsafety . If you have additional questions you can email us at publicsafety@udmercy.edu or call (313) 993-1252 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Can a student park anywhere on campus?

No. All vehicles must be parked in the appropriately marked parking area. Lot signs and curb stencils indicate designated parking. Some parking areas are only restricted between certain times of day.

What should students do if they receive a citation?

Students can pay the ticket or file a written appeals form at the McNichols Campus Department of Public Safety. Failure to take any action will result in a hold on the students account.


Students who pay parking fines within 24-hours of the issuing date will receive 50% off the total cost of the citation.  Fines are payable in cash or by check at the McNichols Campus Department of Public Safety 24- hours a day. Only payments by cash or check are accepted (checks should be made out to the University of Detroit Mercy). Students choosing to make payment by credit card should call Public Safety during administrative hours of operation for further instructions.


If a student believes the citation to be in error, he/she may appeal the citation within ten (10) days of the violation date. Appeals forms can be delivered in person or by mail. Instructions for appeal are on the back of the citation. Citations not appealed within ten (10) days are due for payment. A blank appeals form can be picked up from the Public Safety Department or downloaded from the DPS website.