Titans Together: 2020-21 Academic Year

All three campuses will remain fully in session throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

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University of Detroit Mercy will remain fully in session throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

For the 2020-21 academic year, we are focused on our founding mission, namely, providing excellent undergraduate and graduate education that fosters the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and ethical development of each one of our students.

Our priority is the health and well-being of our University community 

Detroit Mercy’s main priority is the health and well-being of the University community. The institution’s decisions, policies and procedures will follow guidance and recommendations issued by public health and medical experts and in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

All employees, students, contractors, and guests, when possible, must observe a 14-day period of “enhanced social distancing” at home before arriving to any of the Detroit Mercy campuses.

Fall term

Fall instructional choices for students

Important dates

The University has also adjusted the McNichols campus fall academic calendar to allow students to return home before the forecasted increase in flu and COVID-19 activity in December.

  • Aug 24: classes for undergraduate programs and the majority of graduate programs will begin.
  • The traditional fall break is cancelled and classes will be held on those days.
  • At Thanksgiving Break: Courses will then transition to virtual instruction after the Thanksgiving break and to allow students to complete the final week of fall coursework and final exams at home. 
  • Dec. 12: The semester ends
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The School of Dentistry and School of Law will also remain in full session this fall. Both campuses are currently evaluating the educational delivery models each will use. Additional information about these instructional methods will be available in the near future.

Winter Term

Important Dates

  • Jan. 19, 2021: Begin Winter session
  • No Spring Break the week of March 8-13, 2021
  • May 1, 2021: Semester ends on the last day of final exams.
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We are beginning the process to evaluate the Winter 2021 schedule and teaching formats, following the start of the Fall semester. Each college/school works with their faculty to determine what courses will be offered and the instructional methods for those courses. We are also monitoring federal and state guidelines as well. It is too early to answer your question about the Winter 2021 semester, but we expect to release the Winter 2021 Schedule of Classes near the third week of October before Winter 2021 Advising and Registration begin in early November.


Flexible hybrid model

For the fall term on the McNichols Campus, the University adopted a flexible hybrid learning environment for courses with face-to-face instruction. This model, which combines in-person and virtual learning, offers several key advantages.

  • Most importantly, it will ensure continuous high-quality, student-centered instruction if students cannot be physically present in class due to illness, self-isolation, immigration delays or other factors.
  • In addition, this model affords instructors the flexibility to maintain social distancing within classroom environments by, for example, dividing a class into smaller groups for face-to-face meetings concurrently with on-demand virtual instruction.
  • Finally, a flexible hybrid model will ensure that high-quality instruction can continue with minimal disruption if there is a resurgence of the virus and the need to shift to a virtual learning environment.

In addition to courses taught on a flexible hybrid model, some courses that are currently scheduled for face-to-face instruction will be converted to virtual instruction for the safety of students and their instructors. We will continue to seek feedback from students and faculty as we make these important decisions.

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