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    Student Services/Development

    Graduate students at University of Detroit Mercy are invited and encouraged to become fully engaged in the life of the University community, much of which occurs beyond the classroom. Activities and events scheduled are open to all University of Detroit Mercy students.

    Student handbooks and materials are available and distributed on campus describing the specific policies, regulations, organizations, services, hours of operation and events. If you would like additional information, please refer to the handbook or contact the appropriate office.

    Graduate students in online programs have remote access to the Detroit Mercy libraries resources and assistance from librarians via phone, chat, or email.


    Campus Organizations

    A variety of student organizations exist including professional and honorary societies, social, ethnic, political, fraternal, social action, community service and student government organizations. All organizations welcome new members. Further information may be obtained from the Student Life Office in the Student Union.


    Campus Activities and Events

    The colleges, student organizations and Student Life Office sponsor a wide range of activities and events throughout the academic year. Such events include major presentations by speakers and panels of co-curricular interest, as well as programming related to current issues in life and society. Social events range from informal gatherings and receptions to dances and formal occasions. The city offers additional opportunities for students to take advantage of the cultural and entertainment possibilities available only in a major metropolitan area.


    Student Union

    The Student Union provides a variety of facilities and services for the University community, including a cafeteria and bookstore with new and used texts, supplies, snacks and other items. Lounge areas are provided for relaxation or quiet study. Many student events are scheduled in this facility.


    Residence Life

    There are six residence halls on the McNichols Campus. There is a limited amount of graduate student housing on campus. Information on the various residence hall options may be obtained from the Office of Residence Life in Shiple Hall.


    University Ministry

    Campus ministers are present on campus. University Ministry assists the University community in embodying the Mercy and Jesuit charisms upon which the University was founded. In addition to regular celebration of the liturgy, University Ministry offers students the opportunity for personal spiritual growth and encourages both the service of faith and the promotion of justice.


    Wellness Center Health and Counseling Services


    The Wellness Center

    Health Clinic

    Fall/Winter Semesters                                                         

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

    9 am - 4 pm


    12 pm - 7 pm

    Summer/Spring Semesters

    Monday - Friday

    9 am - 2 pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

    Services provided by the health clinic promote preventive health care and foster compliance with the objective and aims of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The American College Health Association. Our health clinic is a fully equipped medical office, which includes two exam rooms, medication dispensary and a diagnostic lab. 

    Health Services Offered:
    • Primary care, health maintenance and preventive screening
    • Urgent care, acute illness and injury care
    • Chronic illness and medical condition management
    • Women's health
    • Immunizations and TB testing
    • Health and medical clearance for the College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing and the School of Dentistry
    • Sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment
    • Referral to medical specialists and psychological and counseling services

    Flexible scheduling, same day and walk-in appointments are available. Please call 313-993-1185 for additional information.

    University of Detroit Mercy offers a comprehensive health insurance plan to all students who do not have sufficient coverage. Information on this insurance is located on the Wellness Center website and is emailed to residential students each summer. All residential students are automatically enrolled in the student insurance plan. To be removed from the plan offered by the University, each fall students with proof of sufficient medical insurance must waive coverage at 

    Personal Counseling

    Fall/Winter & Spring/Summer Semesters

    Monday - Friday

    8:30 am - 5 pm

    Psychological and Counseling Services Offered

    Professional outpatient counseling and psychotherapeutic treatment is available to students at no charge. Services are provided by a clinical psychologist, clinical social workers and mental health counselors who are licensed in the State of Michigan at the highest level of practice. Students seek counseling for many different reasons including:

    • Anxiety and depression
    • Mood swings
    • Adjustment and developmental concerns
    • Self-esteem concerns
    • Relationship concerns
    • Stress: academic and social pressures
    • Troublesome feelings including loneliness, shyness, fear and anger
    • Grief and loss
    • Academic performance and motivation
    • Drug and alcohol use issues

    We are committed to enhancing the physical, psychological, emotional and relational well-being of the student in an attempt to promote personal growth and the achievement of academic success. Please call 313-993-1185 for an appointment.

    All Services in the Wellness Center are Confidential

    Our staff recognizes the importance of privacy and safety as the basis of effective therapy. We do not share information about students seeking help in the Wellness Center with anyone without written permission. Safeguarding information shared by students in the context of the counselor-client relationship is an ethical and legal responsibility of all Detroit Mercy clinicians. Counseling records are kept separate from the medical records and are not made accessible to medical practitioners without written consent.

    Payments/Billing Information for Wellness Center Services

    • All services are covered in full for students who have purchased student health insurance offered by University of Detroit Mercy.
    • Students who are not enrolled in student health insurance will be charged an established fee for each office visit, lab work, immunizations or medications needed at the time of visit.
    • Payment for billable services can be made with cash or posted to the student's tuition account.
    • Charges posted to the student's tuition account do not state the service or treatment provided, as that information is confidential and cannot be released without the patient's written permission.
    • All personal counseling services are at no cost to the student.
    • As personal counseling appointments become full, students will be referred out.

    Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity--World Health Organization



    The University competes on the Division I level in the NCAA and is a member of the Horizon League. Students, whether on campus or online, with a Detroit Mercy ID card may attend home events free of charge.

    Calihan Hall offers a number of facilities that are available to students, including a gym, racquetball courts, indoor track and the Larry Bleach Fitness Center. Outdoor facilities include softball, touch football and soccer fields and tennis courts.


    Fitness Center

    The Fitness Center is a great addition for both on-campus living and commuter students . Whether participating in a game of basketball, pumping iron, doing yoga, running on the indoor track, or enjoying a fruit smoothie, this hotspot affords a place to socialize with friends and relieve the tensions of the day through exercise. The Fitness Center is free to all Detroit Mercy students and employees.

    Depending on interest, numerous team sports, intramural competitions and physical fitness activities are offered, including aerobics, softball, ice hockey, volleyball, basketball and soccer, For further information, contact the Fitness Center and Intramural Sports department at 313-993-1240.


    Public Safety

    Public Safety provides security and emergency services for all persons and property on campus year round. Parking permits and student identification cards are issued through the Titan Information Center located in the Student Center.

    In addition to its security functions, Public Safety provides printed materials, seminars and programs for students on personal safety, crime prevention, self-defense, etc. Call (313) 993-1233 for Public Safety.



    Plenty of lighted and convenient parking is available to students on all campuses. Parking permits are issued as part of the student registration process. Permits are available at the Titan Information Center located in the Student Union. Parking rules and regulations are enforced by Public Safety personnel.


    Disability Support Services

    Disability Support Services

    Disability support services are available to any currently enrolled student on campus or online with a documented disability requiring accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Students should contact Laura Bagdady, Director of Disability Support Services, at (313) 993-3383 or by email at upon admission to the University. Students must complete the intake and disability documentation verification process to receive accommodations.  Disability Support Services is located in the Student Success Center on the third floor of the Library.


    Alcohol and Drugs

    The University policy on the use of alcohol and drugs is published and distributed annually to all members of the University community. Students should be aware that, in addition to the serious health, legal and personal problems associated with the illicit or abusive use of alcohol and drugs, there can be University disciplinary action as well. Sanctions for violation of the law and/or University policy can include suspension or dismissal from the University.

    Help is available in dealing with the difficulties related to abuse of alcohol and other drugs, both on campus and through a variety of community agencies. An initial contact may be made through any of the following offices: Personal Counseling, Health Services, Addiction Studies, University Ministry, Residence Life and Student Life.


    Conduct Code and Disciplinary Procedures

    Violations of University rules or civil laws may result in disciplinary action by the University. Academic violations are governed by policies and procedures in each of the colleges and schools. Non-academic misconduct is governed by the policies and procedures published in the student handbook. Students charged with major violations of academic or student conduct codes may be expelled, suspended or given a lesser sanction.



    Information and statistics on graduation rates and campus safety are published annually and are available upon request from the Office of Student Affairs at (313) 993-1028. Policies on sexual harassment and AIDS are included in the student handbook.


    Information Technology Services (ITS)

    Information Technology Services (ITS) provides the computing, network, telecom, cable TV and audiovisual environment for the University community.

    ITS computing labs provide on-campus access to desktop computers for students to use the Internet or academic-related courseware. For students bringing a personal notebook to campus, wireless access is available in all classrooms and many other locations across the campuses. For resident students, high-speed connectivity is available in every dorm room, as well as wireless access. An on-campus Help Desk offers phone support, as needed.

    For the convenience of students, a web-based portal provides self-service access to many University services.

    Each student is eligible for a free University web-based email account and file storage account. Email accounts are generally assigned upon entry to the University.

    Students are also eligible for hardware and software discounts from local and national businesses.

    Online and hybrid courses are offered through Detroit Mercy's Blackboard server.

    For more information, please visit


    Libraries/Instructional Design Studio

    The McNichols Campus Library and Archives, the School of Dentistry Library, and the Kresge Law Library provide access to print, media, and electronic collections. All library facilities, collections, and services are available to registered on-campus and online students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Librarians are available in each library to provide research assistance and instruction in person and online.

    The McNichols Campus Library and School of Dentistry Library share a web presence: This site includes access to subject-specific resources including online databases of full-text articles, electronic journals, ebooks, streaming video, and Detroit Mercy's special collections. The University Libraries are members of the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET) and MeLCat, the Michigan Electronic Library Catalog.

    The Kresge Law Library offers access to specialized collections in American, Canadian, and international law, with particular strengths in Michigan law and U.S. federal government documents. To view policies and hours of service, or to access Murphy, the Kresge Law Library’s online catalog, please visit:

    The Instructional Design Studio (IDS) serves the Detroit Mercy community by providing leadership and support in the development of excellent educational experiences with a focus on research-supported pedagogical techniques and the inspired use of technology. IDS is an active advocate for the thoughtful use of technology for teaching and learning, providing access to tools and information on how to integrate technology into teaching and learning. IDS is the primary point of contact for technical support for Blackboard and related online course delivery systems. Self-service instruction may be found at


    Research Programs and Centers

    Special research facilities are available in Engineering & Science. Chemistry has extensive modern instrumentation, NMR, ESR, several UV-visible, infrared, and atomic absorption spectrometers; a differential thermal analyzer, a Gouy balance; a solution calorimeter; and equipment for photochemical and kinetic work.

    Biology is housed in the fully-equipped Life Sciences Building with teaching and research labs for faculty and students; preparation, animal, aquarium, isotope and instrumentation rooms; greenhouse, photographic labs.

    Engineering, besides its own research facilities, is affiliated with the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan and local industrial research labs. Notable on-campus facilities include the magnetic resonance laboratory, the Manufacturing Institute, and an automotive center with both an automotive electronics laboratory and an engine laboratory.

    The Psychology Clinic serves the adult Detroit metropolitan community with psychotherapy on a sliding-fee scale. It also provides closely-supervised experiences for clinical Ph.D. students.

    The Psychology Laboratory provides facilities for experimental and observational research with individuals and groups, including full audio/video monitoring capabilities.

    The Child Psychodiagnostic Clinic provides diagnostic services and treatments for children with educational and behavioral problems. It also provides supervised experience for Psychology students.

    The School of Architecture's Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) is a multi-disciplinary, nonprofit architecture and urban design/research firm dedicated to creating sustainable spaces and communities through quality design and the collaborative process. The DCDC works with community-based development organizations, local governments, residents and stakeholders, private developers, students, and local design professionals to enhance local leadership capacity and to promote quality design. Utilizing broad-based community participation in conjunction with design technologies, the DCDC produces projects that respond to locally defined concerns while empowering residents and stakeholders to facilitate their own process of community planning, development, and building design.

    The Center for Cyber Security and Intelligence Studies (CCSIS) is an interdisciplinary center for research and education that marries information technology, law enforcement, homeland security, and national security. CCSIS offers eight degree programs (two all-online): Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Information Systems and Criminal Justice; Master’s degrees in Computer Information Systems, Information Assurance, Intelligence Analysis, Criminal Justice and Security Administration; and a new Five-Year Cyber Security degree in which students earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. In 2009, CCSIS moved into the Briggs Building and renovated a wing on the second floor. The state-of-the-art facility has advanced laboratories, innovative distance learning classrooms, and 24/7 security. Students in CCSIS degree programs can work beside professors on leading-edge research like “Internet Predator Analysis” and “Mobile Device Security”. Professors are highly published and have extensive real-world experience as leaders in their domains. They actively cultivate collaborative relationships at the national level, which allows students to participate in important, relevant Cyber Security work.



    The University’s alumni are an important part of the foundation upon which the institution’s reputation is built. Graduates can be found working in virtually every type of business and profession in every major metropolitan region in the United States. Many also live and work in rural areas and in more than 80 international locations.

    Alumni are represented in large numbers in management positions in the auto industry, serve as presidents and CEOs of major corporations, practice in law firms, accounting firms, dental and medical professions. Graduates sit on the Michigan Supreme Court, educate the next generation of leaders in our classrooms, design structures that alter the skylines of our cities and contribute to the quality of their communities through civic involvement.

    Approximately 71 percent of the University's 83,000 graduates remain in Michigan. The Detroit Mercy Alumni Association provides opportunities for graduates to continue their connection to their alma mater. Alumni are invited to participate as advisors to the president, deans, administrators and faculty; provide career advice and mentoring assistance to students; attend social gatherings and enrichment opportunities; and alumni are present and vocal in cheering the Titan teams to victory.


    Campus Locations

    University of Detroit Mercy students are taught on three campuses located within the city of Detroit. Selected programs are offered at extended campus sites throughout Michigan.

    The McNichols Campus is situated on 70 acres in a northwest Detroit residential area. Located here are six student residence halls.

    The School of Dentistry is located on the Corktown Campus at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, near downtown Detroit.

    The School of Law and the Kresge Law Library are located across from the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.


    Community Services

    As an independent Catholic institution of higher education, University of Detroit Mercy supports a mission focused on teaching and learning. However, another important facet of Detroit Mercy’s mission is service to others. Both the Jesuit and Mercy traditions, which guide the University, have emphasized community service as a vital aspect in the education and development of students. Through a comprehensive curriculum, students are challenged to develop their social, leadership and service responsibilities. Detroit Mercy continually reaffirms this commitment to service as students, faculty and staff initiate and participate in community outreach activities to benefit Detroit area residents.