Security and Campus Access

Policy #: 3002.8 J


The purpose of this policy is to inform the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) community of security and campus access enforcement policy.


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


During business hours, the university (excluding housing facilities) will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees.  During non-business hours access to all university facilities is by key and/or card access and by admittance via the Department of Public Safety.  In the case of periods of extended closing that are not of an emergency nature, the UDM Department of Public Safety will admit only those individuals with prior written approval to specific facilities or prearranged business on UDM property.

Residence halls are secured by card access 24-hours a day.  Over extended breaks, the doors of all halls remain secured around the clock, residential hall access cards will be reprogrammed or a separate holiday card will be issued to assigned holiday building residents.

Some facilities may have individual hours, which may vary at different times of the year.  Examples are Calihan Hall during sporting events, the library during final exam week, and Food Services to support athletic training programs.  In these cases, the facilities will be secured according to schedule, with notice adjustments made by the Department of Public Safety to accommodate such instances. Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules.

Security issues related such as landscaping, locks, alarms, lighting, and communications are shared among  administrators from the Facilities Management Department, (Public Safety, Facility Operations, Supportive Service, Housekeeping, Food service), and other concerned areas as necessary to address safety concerns.  Additionally, throughout the academic year, the UDM Director of Public Safety meets regularly with the Dean of Students and as necessary with the Director of Residence Life to discuss vital safety information and other concerns. 

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