Frequently Asked Questions About Returning to Campus

Q and A

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This FAQ provides the most up-to-date responses to questions that students have asked regarding upcoming semesters and campus operations during the pandemic. Please note that this information changes frequently due to guidance and information released by the state of Michigan and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these answers pertain to McNichols Campus. Be sure to review the Dental and Law websites for Corktown and Riverfront locations.

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Academics / Classes

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    Will Fall 2021 be in-person?

    March 15, 2021: Detroit Mercy  McNichols Campus Plan for In-Person Experience this fall
    Three-fourths of fall classes at the McNichols Campus are scheduled to be taught in-person or with a mix of face-to-face and virtual instruction with the anticipation that more in-person classes will be offered as we near the fall semester. With safety precautions in place, our goal is to offer a vibrant on-campus experience for our students, staff, and faculty.
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    Can I reserve a private space to study or complete my online coursework?

    Yes. The McNichols Campus Library is offering a number of private study rooms for reservation during all of our open hours. Rooms are on the first floor of the library and can be reserved one hour at a time, for up to two hours daily. To learn more or to make your reservation, visit https://udmercy.libcal.com/reserve/

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    Is there any way to ensure I don't lose a seat in the class I am registered for until I know if I can add a different course?

    Yes, there is a conditional add/drop feature in registration.

    1. Choose the class to web drop/delete (but don't hit SUBMIT),
    2. add the class you want to add (but don't hit SUBMIT).
    3. Then click on the conditional add/drop and then hit SUBMIT.

    If you are eligible to add the class then it is processed. If for any reason you aren't able to add the class you will get a message "Unable to make requested changes so your schedule was not change".

    If you click on the error message it will explain why the class isn't available to you.

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    If a professor has changed a class to "online only," are there any in-person options (other sections etc.)? 

    If a course section was changed to 100% online, there may be other options depending on the subject and the course. Students can review the class schedule and search on a course Subject and course number to view the options for each course. 

    If there was only one section of a specific course being offered that moved to 100% online, it is unlikely that there will be an in-person option. Almost every in-person/hybrid class now has a cross-listed 100% online section for those who have become COVID-19 positive, have been exposed and need to quarantine or who just prefer to take online classes.   
     
    The best resource for students to check is www.udmercy.edu/classschedule. Click on the title of the course to obtain class details that may assist in explaining how the course is being taught including times/days, if applicable.  Some 100% online courses are asynchronous (no specific time or day to be online) and others may be synchronous where there are times and days listed to be online for that course.

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    How do I tell which classes are face-to-face and which ones are online?

    When you look at the schedule of classes there are two easy ways to identify how a course is taught. Look at the column titled Campus.

    • If it says On-Line it is a 100% online course.
    • If it says McNichols campus, it includes face-to-face class sessions.
    • If it says Online and On-Campus it has a mix of online and face-to-face.

    You can also look at the column called Meeting Times (use your cursor to expand the column if you can’t see everything). In this column you will find when the class will meet and where it will meet, either online in a virtual classroom, in-person in a physical classroom, or both. If there is no assigned time it is an asynchronous online class and you will complete requirements within a larger window of time, e.g. one week.

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    example of class schedule

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    Make sure you don’t get confused by the class times vs. final exam times.

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    I want to take classes in person; what is the best way to find which classes are taught face-to-face?

    To find all face-to-face courses on the McNichols campus, go to the class schedule, leave the Subject blank, and select McNichols Campus under Campus. Or select a Subject and Campus to find face-to-face courses in a particular department.
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    I want to take my classes online; what is the best way to find which classes are taught virtually?

    To find online courses, go to the class schedule, leave the Subject blank, and select "On-Line" under Campus. Or select a Subject and On-Line to find virtual options in a particular department.
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    My class is online but there is a day and time listed on the schedule of classes. What does that mean?

    If an online course has a day and a time listed on the schedule of classes, it includes synchronous instruction where the instructor and students meet in a virtual classroom at a set time. In a typical synchronous session, the instructor and students log in to a video-conferencing system like Blackboard Collaborate for real-time interaction. Students are expected to participate in synchronous sessions as part of course requirements.

    If a course does not have an assigned meeting time it is an asynchronous class and students are not required to attend synchronous sessions. In asynchronous classes students view and complete course material within a broader window of time, e.g. one week. Tools such as discussion boards, wikis, and shared documents can be used to support and facilitate student interaction.

    Online classes may be 100% asynchronous (“on demand”), 100% synchronous (“real time”), or utilize a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

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    I have a question about a course for this semester. How can I contact the instructor?

    The best way to contact an instructor is by sending them an email. If you are looking at a course in the schedule of classes, just click on the instructor’s name then click on their email address in the popup window.

Athletics

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    Will we have fall sports?

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    Can fans attend games in Calihan Hall?

    More information to come about Fall 2021.

    Please join us for games on WLQV 92.7 FM & 1500 AM FaithTalk Detroit as the new radio home of Titan men's basketball. The Horizon League will also continue to broadcast all its games on the ESPN3/ESPN+ platforms.

Books / Bookstore

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    How can I ship my books to campus?

    Residential students can ship to the following mailing address, adding your SUMS Box number.

    Student name, SUMS Box #
    University of Detroit Mercy
    4001 West McNichols Road
    Detroit MI 48221-3038

    To locate your SUMS Box info:

    Log into my.udmercy.edu

    Personal Profile --> Personal Information --> View full Profile and SUMS mailbox number and combination will be listed

     

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    Can I buy my books in-store at the Detroit Mercy Bookstore?

    The McNichols Detroit Mercy Bookstore is open, but due to the switch in content delivery and the need to remain fluid, there will be a limited supply of books available in-store.  We strongly encourage students to order their books from our website.  We will continue to offer your official Detroit Mercy merchandise, snacks, beverages, school supplies, trade books, and much more.

Face Coverings

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    Am I required to wear a face covering?

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    I share office space, do I have to wear my mask all the time?

    For all details regarding face covering requirements, see the campus guide.

    If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources at hr@udmercy.edu for assistance.

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    By face covering, do you mean a facemask or face shield?

    The term ‘face covering’ is the umbrella term for facemasks, face shields, etc. Due to CDC guidelines, neck gaiters, scarves and bandanas are no longer considered effective face coverings.

    A mask that fits snuggly over the nose and mouth would be a face covering, like this:

    A person wearing a face mask. The mask fits snuggly around the nose and mouth.

    Also a "face shield" which means a clear plastic shield that covers the entire face area, like this:

    guy wearing a face shield

Facilities

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    Where can I find what is open or closed right now?

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    Is the library open for students to gather and study in?

    Yes! 

    Please refer to this page for hours and updates: https://udmercy.edu/coronavirus/mcnichols-campus.php#library

    Please contact the Law and Dental Libraries about their hours and services.

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    How is the ventilation in buildings being adjusted?

    The makeup air, or outside air, is 15% in our Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) systems to assist in circulating fresh air in the buildings. The MERV 8 filters in these units were also changed and will continue to stay on our maintenance program. When possible, patrons are encouraged to open windows in classrooms while in use, and close them when complete.

Housing

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    Will students have roommates? 

    Students can sign up for a single room or a double room.  Submit a residence hall application.
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    I just found out all my classes are online. How do I cancel my housing contract?

    Simply fill out this  pdf form and follow the instruction as to where to send it.

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    Can I have guests in my dorm room?

    Yes. Residents will be permitted one guest at a time in your room based on the comfort level of both you and your roommate. That guest must be a Detroit Mercy student.

International Students

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    I read an article about SEVP ... For F-1 Visa Holders

    Keep an eye on the international students website for more info.
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    How does the Fall 2021 increase in face-to-face classes account for Canadian commuters

    Detroit Mercy's International Services Office recently spoke with officials at the Canadian Border Services Agency, who said that as long as travel by F-1 Border Commuters is "regular and not sporadic," they will be exempt from having to show a negative COVID-19 test upon re-entry to Canada. "Regular and not sporadic" is to be interpreted as commuting, for instance, every Tuesday and Thursday as opposed to, say, a random Wednesday during the semester.

Travel

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    Will I be able to travel on behalf of the University?

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    I’m an employee planning to travel for personal reasons. What should I do?

    Fully vaccinated individuals will not need to complete the online travel assessment form to advise the University of personal or professional travel when they want to enter campus. Unvaccinated individuals must complete a travel assessment form following any travel outside their normal routine.

    Please review the Travel section of the Campus Guide.
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    I’m a student who has traveled internationally or domestically back to campus. What should I do?

    Fully vaccinated individuals will not need to complete the online travel assessment form to advise the University of personal or professional travel when they want to enter campus. Unvaccinated individuals must complete a travel assessment form following any travel outside their normal routine.

    Please review the Travel section of the Campus Guide.

Other Questions

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    If I see a student or employee who isn’t following campus safety guidelines, what should I do?

    As always, if anyone encounters a hostile situation, contact Public Safety at 313-993-1234.

    Employees, students and others may refer a member of the Detroit Mercy community who may be exhibiting concerning behavior related to COVID-19 University Guidelines. Concerns regarding students experiencing symptoms or in contact with others who are ill may be shared using The Covid-19 Referral Report form.

    Students

    If a student has a concern about a staff or faculty member not following on campus guidelines, the student can notify to below individuals:

    • The dean of their college
    • The Dean of Students Monica Williams 313-993-1028
    • The Associate Dean of Students, Law, Megan Jennings 313-596-0209
    • The Associate Dean of Students, Dental, Juliette Daniels 313-494-6850

    Employees

    If an employee or student has a concern about another student, Please see our COVID-19 Community Guidelines for Student Behavior.

    You can also notify:

    • The Dean of Students, Monica Williams 313-993-1028
    • The Associate Dean of Students, Law, Megan Jennings 313-596-0209
    • The Associate Dean of Students, Dental, Juliette Daniels 313-494-6850

    If an employee has a concern about a staff or faculty member not following on campus guidelines, the employee may contact Human Resources at 313-993-1036,

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    What happens if there is a positive COVID case on campus?

    When an employee or student reports that they have tested positive for COVID-19, Detroit Mercy initiates contact tracing and contact individuals with whom they have been in close contact.

    The CDC defines close contact as having been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer with or without use of masks, 48 hours prior to when symptoms first started with the infected individual. You will be contacted if you are identified as having come into close contact with someone with COVID-19. Actual test results and other protected health information will not be disclosed.

    Please answer your phone if you are contacted by the health department or University.

    If you test positive for coronavirus, you should immediately notify Human Resources (employees) or the Dean of Students (students).