Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012
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Campus Life and Services

Students at UDM are invited and encouraged to become fully engaged in the life of the University community which occurs beyond the classroom. Programs and services are offered on the McNichols campus and open to students.

Student handbooks and brochures which describe the specific policies, regulations, services, organizations, activities, hours of operation and events are available and distributed on campus and available on the UDM website (www.udmercy.edu.) on the Student Life page. Additional information may be obtained from the Student Life Office or the appropriate office providing the service.

Student Organizations and Activities

The University offers year round activities and opportunities for social, personal, intellectual and professional growth and involvement. Special events such as lectures, picnics, receptions and athletic contests offer the opportunity for students, faculty and administrators to gather and meet informally. From orientation through commencement, a wide range of events are available to all.

More than 65 organizations welcome student involvement. Fraternities and sororities, honor societies, pre-professional clubs, international and ethnic associations, etc., promote the growth of their members and offer both social activities and informational/educational programs open to the campus community at large.

Campus media include a student newspaper, magazines, literary journals and an on-campus radio station. These organizations inform the campuses while providing relevant professional experience to those who participate.

Co-curricular programs are offered by the offices of Residence Life, Student Life, International Services, University Ministry and other university organizations. Lectures and seminars offered on campus are of personal, professional and academic interest.

Intercollegiate & Intramural Athletic Opportunities

Intercollegiately, the Titans are the only NCAA Division I program in the City of Detroit and have a proud tradition of athletic and academic excellence. Currently, men’s teams compete in basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. Women’s varsity teams include basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, softball, indoor and outdoor track, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. Both the men’s and women’s teams compete in the Horizon League.

Any full-time student is encouraged to try out for a varsity team if he or she so desires. Opportunities also exist for participation in the Titan pep band or on the cheerleading and dance squad. Tryouts are held prior to each varsity season and further information is available from the respective head coach or by calling the Athletic Department at (313) 993-1700.

UDM students are also encouraged to enjoy Titan Athletics by attending games. Admission to all home athletic events is free to students with a valid UDM ID card. Further information is available by contacting the Calihan Hall ticket manager.

For recreational enthusiasts, Calihan Hall offers a number of facilities for students. Located on the McNichols Campus, Calihan houses the popular Larry Bleach Fitness Center, the Thelma Fox Murray Indoor Running Track, racquetball courts, and an auxiliary gymnasium. Outdoor facilities include fields for touch football, soccer, and softball, as well as basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.

An intramural program is available. Depending on interest, numerous team sports, intramural competitions and physical fitness activities are offered, including: aerobics, softball, ice hockey, volleyball, basketball and soccer. Located on the ground floor of the Student Center building is the Titan Fit Zone for physical fitness and yoga classes. For further information, contact the Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports Department at (313) 993-1154.


The Student Center offers a variety of services for use by students. Dining facilities provide a wide range of choices from a snack to a full meal. The fully stocked bookstore carries both new and used texts, supplies, greeting cards, apparel and snacks. Lounge areas are available for conversation or quiet study. Gamesrooms offer pool, ping-pong, Titan Fit Zone and table games for those who wish to pass the time in recreation.

Many buildings have study lounges and food vending areas for students on a short break between classes. The McNichols library provides excellent environments for quiet study, reading, writing and research.

Libraries/Instructional Design Studio

The McNichols Campus Library, School of Dentistry Library, the Instructional Design Studio, and the Kresge Law Library provide access to print, media, and electronic collections and Blackboard course development and design services to the University community.

More than seven hundred thousand volumes, 5,000 leading law, literary, health, social science, scientific and professional print journals, over 83,700 electronic journals, 38,400 audiovisual items, and a collection of over 90,000 U.S. Federal and State government documents comprise the libraries' collections. Media resources include DVDs, CDs, and multi-media kits.

All library facilities and services are open to registered students, faculty, staff and administrators. Librarians are available in each library to assist patrons in conducting their research. Librarians provide instruction in research techniques, and answer questions sent electronically to "email a Librarian" or "24/7 Reference Online Chat." ResearchQuest, an online research tutorial covers how to search for, evaluate, and select appropriate academic information. To check out materials, a validated student ID/library card is required.

Libraries/IDS maintains the UDM Re:Search portal (http://research.udmercy.edu) of 55 academic discipline pages and four mission initiatives (catholic, social justice, sustainable communities, and diversity). Each page contains subject-specific resources including online databases of full-text articles, selected bibliographies of core materials owned by the libraries, links to resources available through the World Wide Web, lists of new materials acquired, and links to professional associations. The portal provides access to UDM's special collections, the catalogs of the UDM and DALNET libraries' resources and services, and links to a number of other catalogs, including the Jesuit and Mercy sponsored higher education institution in the United States. Digital copies of the 2004 through 2010 architecture student theses are available in the special collections institutional repository on the portal.

The libraries' databases allow students to directly search online for full-text journal articles. These electronic delivery systems include indexes in art, business, education, nursing, social sciences, science and technology, humanities, and law. Full-text articles can be found in over 83,700 journals, magazines, and newspapers. Electronic journal collections include biomedical, mental health, nursing, engineering, humanities, women's issues, social sciences, and business titles. The databases contain citations to journal articles, dissertations, patents, technical meetings and papers and books covering current research in all the academic disciplines. Electronic connection to the Internet provides additional access to research materials worldwide. The Libraries also provide access to over 73,700 ebooks on the research portal.

The Kresge Law Library offers access to specialized collections in American and International law. The Library's online catalog, Murphy, is accessible from each of the other University libraries. Loan periods, circulation policies and hours of service are distinctive for this library.

The Instructional Design Studio provides leadership in the use of technology in course development and design. IDS services include web-site design, digital graphic and video production for classroom use, digital content conversion, audio development for web delivery, and distance learning classroom support. IDS serves as an active advocate for the use of media and technology for teaching and learning through training, providing access to tools and information on how to use technology, and creation of materials for teaching and learning.

The University Libraries are a member of DALNET an automation network composed of eighteen major Detroit area libraries. The network includes a joint online public catalog of over two million volumes and direct access to three million additional volumes, circulation information, and image databases. Students from each institution have access to the resources of the other institutions through the use of the online catalog and can determine whether a volume is checked out. In addition, the libraries have access to more than one billion items in the collections of over 61,000 libraries located in 112 countries through OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center) an international computer network.

Information Technology Services (ITS)

Information Technology Services (ITS) provides the computing, network, telecomm, cable TV and audio-visual 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 limited wireless access. An on-campus helpdesk 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 e-mail account, file storage account and web publishing 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 our local Blackboard server.

For more information, please visit http://it.udmercy.edu

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.

Parking Facilities

There are ample, lighted and patrolled parking facilities on the McNichols Campus. Parking permits, issued by the Titan Information Center (TIC) in the Student Center, are required of all students, faculty and staff. Parking rules and regulations are available from the TIC. Unauthorized parking may result in the issuance of tickets which are charged to the student’s account. Repeated violations or unsafe operation of a vehicle may result in the loss of driving privileges on campus.

Residence Life

Living on campus is an attractive option for many students. University residence halls offer a safe community environment which encourages academic success, personal growth and social development. Resident students are best able to become fully immersed in the academic, organizational and social life of the University community.

The residence hall system can provide housing for approximately 1000 students. The majority of our students live in doubles. There are single rooms that are offered on a space-available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

The McNichols Campus includes six residence halls that offer both traditional and suite-style living arrangements. Our residential buildings are located on the south end of campus and are a short walk from all campus facilities. All residence halls feature furnished study lounges and social lounges, laundry facilities and vending machines.

The residence halls are staffed by Residence Directors and Resident Advisors (RAs). These professional and paraprofessional staff members are trained to support and assist the residents. Resident Advisors rotate duty responsibility to respond to the needs and concerns of residents. The paraprofessional staff are supervised and trained by a staff of three full-time professionals. In addition to the residence hall staff, a member of the University Ministry team also lives in the residence halls.

Throughout the year, a variety of programs and social activities are offered in the residence halls. Movie nights, ice cream socials, personal safety seminars, time management workshops, Halloween and Christmas parties are among the many programs offered. A great way for residents to get involved is the Residence Hall Association (RHA) which plans a number of different activities, including day trips to visit all the interesting sites in the Detroit area. RHA is a great way for students to develop leadership skills and be a part of what happens in the residence halls.

The First Year Experience Program is designed for new first-year students in Shiple Hall. The program provides the support and attention often needed to help these students succeed and excel in their university careers. A specially trained and selected staff provides ongoing study skills and social and recreational activities designed to integrate students into the life of the University community.

Board plans are required of all students living in the University residence halls except for residents of West Quad, which has cooking facilities. Board plan participants may eat in the designated facilities including the Titan Dining Room and the Loft.

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

Health and Counseling

The University of Detroit Mercy maintains a Student Health Center in the West Quad on the McNichols Campus. The Student Health Center offers limited health care services to all UDM students. Students are NOT required to have insurance to utilize the Student Health Center. The Student Health Center is staffed by Nurse Practitioners under the supervision of medical staff from Providence Hospital. Urgent cases, X-rays, laboratory tests, and serious illnesses are referred to specialists and other appropriate medical personnel as necessary.

All incoming freshmen students must complete and submit a TB questionnaire to the Student Health Center prior to the beginning of classes.

The University of Detroit Mercy offers a comprehensive health insurance plan to all students who do not have sufficient coverage. Information on this insurance is e-mailed to students each summer, and is located on the Student Health Center website. All residential students are automatically enrolled in the Student Insurance plan, and must waive online (with proof of sufficient medical insurance coverage) each fall to be removed from the plan offered by the University. All students are welcome to enroll in the plan any time of the year.

The Personal Counseling Office, staffed by licensed counselors is available to assist students with a wide range of issues ranging from anxiety, stress, depressions, and relationship problems. To schedule a confidential appointment, students should call 313-578-0496 or 313-993-1170.

Longer term psychological assistance is available to students and the community through the Psychology Clinic. The Psychology Clinic offers psychological services to UDM students, faculty and staff for a range of concerns with fees based on ability to pay. The clinic is open year round six days per week. Psychotherapy services are offered for a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, stress, depression, transitional life difficulties and relationship problems. Psychological and educational testing is available to assist in identifying and understanding emotional, behavioral, attention and learning problems in children, adolescents and adults. Academic concerns such as school readiness, identification of giftedness or learning disabilities and clarifying abilities and interests can also be addressed. Contact 313-578-0570 for further information and to schedule an appointment. All counseling contacts are treated as personal and confidential. Students who need assistance should contact the counselor or clinic directly.

Public Safety

Public Safety operates on a 24-hour basis, year round. Public Safety is charged with assuring the safety and security of all persons, property and facilities on University property. Public Safety personnel patrol buildings, walkways, parking lots, control access to campus by motor vehicles and respond to any safety emergencies. Campus Escort Services are provided in the evening hours by request. All patrol personnel are equipped with two-way radios.

In addition to safety and security functions, the Public Safety Offices offer a number of programs and services each term to assist in crime prevention. Campus Crime Watch, auto etching, Operation Identification, as well as programs on self-protection and rape prevention, are among those offered to students.

The University of Detroit Mercy Public Safety Department includes police commissioned public safety officers, community service officers, parking attendants and student auxiliary officers. Public safety officers have the same powers as any police officer. They may take preliminary crime and accident reports, make arrests and issue tickets for violations of state laws and city ordinances. Public Safety personnel work closely with the Detroit Police Department’s Twelfth and Eighth Precincts and the Crime Prevention Section.

Emergencies on either campus should be reported to the Public Safety Office by calling (313) 993-1123. They will respond and summon Emergency Medical Services, Fire or Police as necessary.

Community Service Opportunities

University of Detroit Mercy’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI) encourages students to learn in ways that are deeply rooted in the University’s Jesuit and Mercy traditions. This includes a call to live productive, effective lives that are inspired by an attentive connection with the world. LDI provides students with opportunities to serve in the community and strengthen their sense of giftedness and mission.

LDI’s learning model is Kolb’s Learning Cycle that not only engages students in real-world experience and reflection, but in social analysis and opportunities to try to make changes in society while learning from the effort. Three LDI programs provide these opportunities: Service-Learning, Leadership-in-Service, and Learning for a Change.

Service-Learning is offered through 25 or more regular courses each semester that engage students in direct service to people in difficulty. Book-learning makes more sense when combined with life-learning. Service-Learning courses are identified as such in the online catalogue and on the LDI website, http://www.udmercy.edu/ldi .

The Leadership-in-Service Program provides students with several “Tracks” to combine direct community service with reflection and leadership skill development. By leading a social change program in their final year, Medallion winners leave UDM not only with the requisite skills to lead, but the personal experiences that both inspire service and provide leadership experience in the company of other servant-leaders. Tracks include a two-year campus-based program followed by a year of service leadership in a partner agency or community change project.

Learning for a Change (LFAC) invites students and other members of the University to join with community partners in increasing the public and political will to end injustices through sustainable strategies for change. The first program in the series, the Shelter & Home Initiative (SHI), applies the LFAC model of focus, collaboration, real service, and real learning to the problem of homelessness. SHI provides Homelessness Service Opportunities, Homeless Exhibit Fairs, evening Social Analysis Seminars, and a closing Advocacy Partnership Engagement Workshop to provide students and others with ways of engaging in real change by joining those already working effectively in society.

Viewpoints and Plunge Weekend Service Projects are group projects in late summer and on Saturdays in fall and winter that are planned and coordinated by LDI. LDI also supports and encourages Alternative Spring Break, Hunger Week, the Student Volunteer Center, and other service programs coordinated by other UDM offices.

Details on these and other LDI programs and services are available at http://www.udmercy.edu/ldi or call 313-993-1776.

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.


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 living alumni remain in Michigan. The UDM Alumni Association provides opportunities for graduates to continue their connection to their alma mater. Alumni 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 on Jefferson Avenue.

Living in Detroit

In what other city can you watch professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey? Travel to a foreign country for an afternoon? Ride in an elevated transit system? Enjoy a full range of intellectual, artistic, and recreational activities? University of Detroit Mercy students benefit from an environment which includes the rich life experiences only a major city can offer.

Detroit offers a vast array of entertainment and cultural activities. Live music abounds in Motown ranging from rock to techno to soul to ethnic, to the Ford Detroit International Jazz Festival and the world class Detroit Symphony. Greektown, the fabulous Fox Theatre, the Detroit Science Center and Institute of Arts are all “must see” attractions. With its 101 galleries, the Institute is the largest municipally owned museum in the country.

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