Titans Together: On Campus Guide

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What to expect when you return to campus for: StudentsEmployees

In an effort to remain consistent with our Jesuit and Mercy mission and values, and to ensure that we work together for the safety of the Detroit Mercy community, these guidelines are maintained based on the requirements of the state of Michigan’s public health directives. Coordinators have been identified by each University dean and vice president to lead the efforts within their respective areas using the policies and protocols in the guide.

Thank you for your cooperation, input and patience during this unprecedented time. As more information becomes available and regulations change, we will modify the facilities, health and safety policies. This working document provides the framework needed to prepare our campuses for our employees, students, contractors and guests. The policies and protocols apply to all employees, students, contractors and guests.

*Travel, Screening, Facilities, Visitor and Face Covering policies updated July 1, 2021.

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    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

    On June 10, the University announced that all students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 16, which means that two weeks have passed since the final dose of your vaccine by that date. Exemptions may be made for medical, religious or philosophical reasons.

    For more information on this requirement and the exemption procedure, please visit the Vaccine Requirement FAQs.

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    Travel Policy

    Travel Policy

    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.

    Travel Assessment

    Upon your return from your travel, and at least 48 hours prior to your return to campus, unvaccinated students and employees must complete the Travel Risk Assessment Screening Tool.  Your answers will determine if you will be contacted for follow-up questions.

    To review possible follow-up questions view this Self-Assess Your Risk for Travel document (pdf).

    View information on Contact Tracing.

    THIS POLICY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND SHOULD BE REGULARLY CHECKED

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    COVID-19 Symptoms/Testing/Exposure

    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 at https://udmercy.edu/covidreport

    Students

    Showing Symptoms?

    If you are showing any of the following symptoms, it is imperative to contact:

    • the Wellness Center (for McNichols, Corktown and Riverfront students) at 313-993-1185
    • Corktown students must also contact Juliette Daniels, School of Dentistry Associate Dean of Students: 313-494-6850
    • Riverfront students must also contact  Megan Jennings, School of Law Associate Dean of Student Affairs: 313-596-0209

    COVID-19 Testing for Students

    Detroit Mercy students who request or are in need or a COVID-19 test will be referred to the Wellness Center.  The nurse practitioner (NP) will assess patients through the telehealth platform and refer them to the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) or primary care physician (PCP) for testing if necessary. If a student is sent to the HFHS, the NP will be in contact with the collaborating physician regarding results and processes. Students may also be referred to urgent care or see their PCP, depending on their insurance. The ordering provider is required to report any positive cases to the state of Michigan.

    In the event of exposure (CDC exposure guidelines), the following protocols will be implemented:

    • Students exposed to the virus will be contacted by the Wellness Center and evaluated over the phone.
    • During this phone evaluation, the caller will review the Risk Assessment Form with the student regarding symptoms and travel. Education will also be provided on COVID-19.
    • Students will be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks from the date of diagnosis and monitor their symptoms.
    • If the student develops signs/symptoms, they should contact the Wellness Center for further instructions on testing. Each case will vary as to where they will be referred to for testing, depending on insurance.
    • The Wellness Center will remain in contact with students to verify test results. Students are responsible for reporting any positive test results to the Wellness Center.
    • If a test is positive, students will be required to isolate until they are free from fever for three days and cleared by a physician to return (this can be done with a note or in the form of medical documentation from the provider).

    For additional information on testing, please contact Amy Gibson at 313-993-1185 or your primary care physician. If you believe you are sick or have a fever, stay home and contact your healthcare provider.

    Employees

    Testing for High-Risk Individuals

    Testing is encouraged for all high-risk employees, especially individuals who are in continuous contact with students and colleagues. High-risk employees include, but are not limited to, people who are above the age of 65, live in or frequent a nursing home or long-term care facility and people with underlying medical conditions. 

    Testing for Individuals Showing Symptoms

    If you are showing any of the following symptoms, it is imperative to contact:

    • Human Resources (for employees) at 313-993-1036

     

    Symptoms include:

    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
    • Muscle Pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Fatigue
    • New GI symptoms
    • New loss of taste or smell

    If testing is recommended or required, please contact the Human Resources Department at 313-993-1036 for the access code information. For students who require tests, please contact the Wellness Center at 313-993-1185.

    Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry employees and students will be instructed separately on COVID-19 testing protocol.

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    Daily Screening Assessment

    The Red Light-Green Light entry procedures will no longer be required for non-clinical settings. All employees should continue to self-monitor for any possible COVID-related symptoms and stay home if they are ill.

    McNichols Campus

    No entrance screening. Some Schools or Colleges, however, may need to adopt specific requirements for their programming or services. Please follow those protocols when asked.

    School of Dentistry

    The symptom tracker entrance procedure will remain in place along with full personal protective equipment (PPE) if you are within a patient treatment area or an aerosol-generating environment. Masking for unvaccinated individuals is required at all times while indoors, unless in a private office. Vaccinated individuals in non-clinic positions must remain distanced from colleagues but can choose for themselves whether or not to wear a mask.

    School of Law

    No entrance screening.

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    Contact Tracing

    Contact tracing will remain in place and all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or unvaccinated employees who have close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual must advise Human Resources. Unvaccinated students who have close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual must advise the Wellness Center on the McNichols Campus.

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    Face-coverings (Masks)

    Indoors

    Vaccinated Individuals

    All fully vaccinated individuals, unless in a clinical or healthcare setting, have the option of wearing a mask indoors. Some Schools or Colleges will provide additional guidance specific to their programming. Student-athletes should look for more information from the Athletics Department.

    Vaccinated individuals may continue wearing a mask if they choose to do so.

    Unvaccinated Individuals

    All unvaccinated individuals must file for and receive approval for an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine requirement and wear a mask indoors at all times unless alone in a private office, until further notice.

    Outdoors

    Mask usage is not required outdoors unless you are unvaccinated and attending an event where distance cannot be maintained or you have been advised that masking is required.

    Off-site

    Anyone located at a non-Detroit Mercy site or partner, including those working at hospital or clinic locations, should follow all entrance and masking procedures for that site. Clinical settings may exercise additional protocols, including regular COVID-19 testing.

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    Facility Modifications

    Cleaning and Sanitation

    Cleaning and regular sanitizing efforts will remain in place. 

    Drinking Fountains, sinks and hand dryers

    Drinking fountains will remain disconnected; the University will regularly re-evaluate this decision. Sinks and hand dryers will be re-connected for use.

    Directional Signage

    Six feet of social distancing is no longer required and signs encouraging people to practice it are being removed. Some areas on our campuses may need to continue the practice, so please look for signs where you are and follow their advice.

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    Visitor Policy

    Visitors to campus, including parents and alumni, are a vital part of the University’s life. Visitors should be advised to self-monitor and not come to campus if they do not feel well. All visitors should be advised by their host ahead of time that they will be required to wear a mask at all times indoors if unvaccinated and can choose whether or not to wear a mask indoors if fully vaccinated.

    McNichols, Riverfront and Corktown Campus Libraries 

    At present, libraries are open only to the current students and employees.

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    Events (Internal and External)

    Please refer to the Events guideline. Event guidelines are dictated by state of Michigan directives, capacity orders and personnel coverage. The University will make every attempt to allow for on-site events if it can be done safely.

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    Related Departmental Contact Info

    Deans of Students

    • Juliette Daniels, School of Dentistry Associate Dean of Students: 313-494-6850
    • Megan Jennings, School of Law Associate Dean of Student Affairs: 313-596-0209
    • Monica Williams, Dean of Students: 313-993-1028

    Departments

    • Housekeeping: 313-993-1010
    • Human Resources: 313-993-1036
    • Public Safety: 313-993-1234
    • Wellness Center: 313-993-1185
    • University Ministry: 313-993-1560
    • Find all departments
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Beginning in the fall term, classrooms, labs and studios will return to regular capacity. Social distancing will not be required. Guidelines should be followed concerning the wearing of masks. Schools or Colleges will provide additional guidance specific to their programming.

McNichols Campus

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Monday through Friday
6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday Closed

Corktown Campus - School of Dentistry

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Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Riverfront Campus - School of Law