COVID-19 Information for Current Students

What to expect when you return to campus

Returning to campus will be different...Let's make sure we're all ready. You can familiarize yourself with the detailed campus safety guidelines. As always, remain patient with and supportive to your classmates, faculty and staff as we move through this together.

COVID-19 Testing/Exposure

STUDENTS: Students who show symptoms of, or test positive for, COVID-19, miss class due to illness, or are worried about a potential exposure should contact the Wellness Center immediately at 313-993-1185. The staff will direct the student to testing if necessary and help them find the support they need. They will also initiate contact tracing to alert individuals on campus with whom they have been in contact. Names are not shared as part of contact tracing.

See Campus Guide for more info on testing

Reporting COVID-related concerns

Anyone can report COVID-related concerns about themselves or someone else using the COVID-19 Referral Reporting Form. Referrals should be made if an individual is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, has been in contact with someone who is ill, or is exhibiting concerning behavior related to the University's COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Our Facilities are Ready

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Water fountains are turned off. Be prepared to bring water, purchase from the bookstore or vending machine, or find the bottle fillers on campus.

Plexiglass, sanitizing stations, directional signs, new room capacities, and guides will be visible on all campuses...please take notice and use these signs.

We have increased the amount of external air coming in the HVAC system on campus Custodial Services is performing daily high level sanitizing and disinfecting, focusing on high touch surfaces.

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Daily Screening and Entering Campus

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Document your temperature daily, and be prepared to answer screening questions focused on symptoms at the entrance gate.

Save time at the gate by pre-answering the screening questions focused on symptoms.

You'll receive a convenient confirmation or denial email. Along with your face-covering, this dated email must be shown to the officer at the entrance of all three campuses. Please remember that your honesty in answering these screening questions helps to keep our community safe.

New Normals on Campus

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Everyone must show a face-covering at the entrance gate and wear a face covering while in buildings. If you need a mask, they are available at the Department of Public Safety and at the entrance.

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Keep 6 feet of distance between you and anyone around you. It's not rude, but respectful to others.

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Wash your hands with warm soapy water before/after you eat, after touching anything, after you sneeze/cough, etc.

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Wipe down work spaces before and after individual use. Disinfecting wipes are available in shared spaces.

Fall 2020

Fall instructional choices for students

June 26-August 31 – Open Registration including all new Fall 2020 students after they have been advised.

Please check for modifications to your fall schedule on the Self-Service-Student/Student Profile Page at In most cases, students are now registered for hybrid or online sections of the same courses for which they initially registered.  You should review your schedule to see how and when your classes will be taught. You will have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule through August 31. Classes begin on August 24.

See FAQs for common questions about returning to campus.

Notice: Fall 2020 Term for F-1 International Students

International students studying at Detroit Mercy campuses on an F-1 visa are strongly advised to speak with the International Services Office in Reno Hall. Please call 313-993-1205 or email to discuss any future travel plans.]

Important Date Info for Fall semester

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Academic Calendar

Scheduling Classes

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    The class schedule contains a lot of info about your class choices.

    In reviewing the schedule of classes, students and advisors should make note of instructional method and synchronous course times.

    Instructional method 

    Instructional method refers to the percentage of online content in a course. This information can be found by clicking on the course title in the Schedule of Classes. This brings up a text box with specific class details, including instructional method. Please note that for all 15-week courses and any other classes not scheduled to end until after Thanksgiving will transition online after Thanksgiving for student and faculty safety  This means that most classes will have some percentage of online instruction for Fall 2020.

    You may have been notified that a class you were registered for moved from a classroom to online.  This could have occurred for the whole semester or just the days/times your class would not be using a after Thanksgiving break or for the final exam. 

    Instructional Methods:

    • TRAD - 100% Face-to Face  (This will be an exception in special cases)
    • ONL1 -  100% Online (either synchronous or asynchronous)
    • ONL2 -  75-99% Online
    • HYB1 -  50% Face-to-face/50% Online
    • HYB2 -  51-74% Online
    • HYB3 -  Less than 50% Online

    Find synchronous course times under "Meeting Times"

    Synchronous class sessions for both face-to-face and online instruction are noted under “Meeting Times” on the schedule of classes. Students should plan on being available for synchronous class sessions, whether they will meet in-person or through a web conferencing platform like Blackboard Collaborate.

    If a course is 100% asynchronous it will not have an assigned meeting time; instead, students will engage with course material within a broader window of time, e.g. one week.

    If you have questions about your schedule, contact your academic advisor and/or the instructor of the course.

Faculty have been preparing

This summer, as they prepare for the fall term, over 300 full- and part-time faculty from the McNichols, Corktown, and Riverfront campuses have taken classes from the University’ Instructional Design Studio to help them provide deeper, more engaging online experiences for our students. The Instructional Design Studio has also had almost 1000 registrations across six different online workshops geared toward helping faculty choose and use tools for online education effectively and efficiently. Some of your favorite faculty tell us what makes our University unique in online teaching and learning.

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