Substance Abuse Education

Policy #: 3002.8 N


The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) informs the University community how they will be advised of Substance Abuse Educational opportunities that take place on and around the University’s campuses.


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


The University has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees.  The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informational material, educational programs, counseling services, referrals and college disciplinary actions. Students needing held dealing with substance abuse problems are encouraged to consult the Dean of Student for referral to the appropriate office and/or agency.

UDM Health Center

The UDM Health Center employs nationally certified Nurse Practitioners that work in conjunction with a Physician from Providence Hospital. The Health Center is a service available to UDM students that can assist with a number of health related concerns.
The University of Detroit Mercy Health Center is located on McNichols Campus in the West Quad, Room 114. The Health Center has a separate entrance located on the north side of the building.

To schedule an appointment call the UDM Health Center during business hours at 313-993-1185.  Walk-ins will be worked into the schedule or placed on the schedule for a following day.

McNichols Campus:
            UDM Health Center
            For appointment 313-993-1185
            4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit
            West Quad Room # 114, entrance located on north side
            Fall & Winter Terms
            Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
            Summer Term
            Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

UDM Personal Counseling Services

The University of Detroit Mercy offers time-limited individual, group and family counseling to UDM students. Individual and family counseling involves 50 minutes sessions with a 15 session limit.

At the time of the initial session the student can talk confidentially about what's most on his/her mind and together the counselor and student will identify problems and set realistic goals for therapy. Some students may have special needs which would require a referral to a clinic or another therapist.

The counseling office serves as a resource for faculty and staff who may want to discuss a distressed student’s behavior or explore ways to approach a student to make a referral. Faculty and staff who are not eligible for counseling services may take advantage of referral sources to private practice clinicians.

To schedule an appointment for personal counseling call during business hours.  

McNichols Campus:
            UDM Student Personal Counseling Services 313-578-0496
            August 15 - June 15
            Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
            Natalie Wicks, MSW, ACSW
            4001 W. McNichols Road, Detroit

Local, State & Federal Laws Governing Alcohol

The State of Michigan sets 21 as the minimum age to purchase or possess any alcoholic beverage.  Specific ordinances regarding violations of alcohol laws, including driving while intoxicated, is available by contacting the Department of Public Safety at  or local city police districts.

Additional Resources

The UDM Department of Public Safety does not update or edit these sites but provides them as an additional resource.  The following links to the Michigan State Police web site and articles:

A violation of any law regarding alcohol or illicit drug use is also a violation of the University’s Student Code of Conduct and will be treated as a separate matter by the University.

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