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Jurisdiction & Police Authority

Policy #: 3002.8 G


The purpose of this policy is to make the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) community aware of the police authority of UDM officers. 


This policy applies to employees, contractors, consultants, temporary help and other workers at the UDM, including all personnel affiliated with third parties.


University of Detroit Mercy Campus officers have police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on campus during campus patrol.  If minor offenses involving University rules and regulations are committed by a University student, the campus officers may also refer the individual to the Office of Student Affairs for administrative review and appropriate reprimand.

Major offenses such as rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery, and auto theft are reported to the local police and joint investigative efforts with investigators from University of Detroit Mercy officers and the Detroit Police Department are deployed to solve these serious felony crimes.  The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are typically conducted within in the City of Detroit or Wayne County jurisdiction. Campus officers work closely with local, state, federal police agencies. 

By mutual agreement with state, and federal agencies, the University Department of Public Safety has access to information maintained within the NLETS Network (National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Network) though our joint effort with the Detroit Police Department.  Through this system, police personnel can access the National Crime Information Computer system as well as the Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN).  These computer databases are used for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information, as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement information.

These powers are limited to the property of the geographical area bounded on the north by McNichols from Stoepel to Fairfield; on the east by Fairfield from McNichols to Puritan; on the south by Puritan from Fairfield to Livernois; north on Livernois to Florence, west to Stoepel; on the west by Stoepel from Florence to McNichols.

Authority shall also include the Riverfront Campus School of Law with hard boundary streets: starting at a point at the southbound Chrysler Freeway service drive and Congress proceeding south on the service drive to Jefferson Avenue, west of Jefferson Avenue to St. Antoine, north on St. Antoine to Congress, and east on Congress to the southbound Chrysler Freeway service drive.

Authority shall also include the Corktown Campus with hard boundary streets: starting point northbound on Magnolia Street to eastbound 18th Street. Blvd to southbound Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to westbound Lawton Street.

The traffic laws of the City of Detroit and of the State of Michigan shall not be enforced within the above described geographical area.

Through coordination with local law enforcement agencies, any criminal activity by students at off campus locations of student organizations, is monitored and recorded.  This information is provided to the Dean of Students for any action or follow-up that may be required.