Titans Together: On Campus Guide

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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.

* Face mask policy updated March 11, 2022
* Travel, Screening, and Visitor policies updated May 6, 2022

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    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

    All members of the University community need to provide proof of full vaccination by Aug. 12, 2022 for the Fall 2022 term, or have received an approved exemption by the University.

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


    Travel Policy

    Travel Policy

    Regardless of vaccination status, it is important to monitor for any newly developed symptoms while traveling outside of your normal routine and upon your return.

    Travel Assessment

    University students and employees are no longer required to complete the Travel Risk Assessment Screening Tool upon return from travel; however, it is recommended that you review and follow all CDC guidance relating to travel. Find the CDC Frequently asked questions on travel.

    Symptoms that arise during your travel or upon your return should be reported through the University COVID/Medical Reporting Form.



    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


    Showing Symptoms?

    If you have newly developed symptoms, it is imperative to report your symptoms through the COVID-19 Referral Reporting Form, or through email to covid-care@udmercy.edu, or you may contact:

    • the Student COVID Coordinator (for McNichols, Corktown and Riverfront students) at 313-418-8525.
    • Corktown students must also contact Juliette Daniels, School of Dentistry Associate Dean of Students: 313-494-6850

    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 a Student COVID-19 Team Member and evaluated over the phone.
    • During this phone evaluation, the caller will review all details relevant to the exposure, including vaccination status and symptom review.
    • If the student develops symptoms, they should advise the Student COVID-19 Coordinator at 313-418-8525.
    • The Wellness Center will remain in contact with students to verify test results. Students are responsible for reporting any positive test results or exposures to a COVID positive individual through the Medical/COVID-19 Reporting Form.
    • If a test is positive, students will be instructed on isolation procedures.

    For additional information on testing, please contact Student COVID-19 Coordinator at 313-418-8525 or your primary care physician. If you believe you are sick or have a fever, stay home and contact your healthcare provider.


    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.


    Quarantine and Isolation Protocol

    Updated May 1, 2022

    ANYONE EXHIBITING COVID-19 SYMPTOMS, regardless of vaccination status:

    Start isolation immediately and get tested for COVID-19. Antigen/rapid tests are suitable and best performed when experiencing symptoms. Symptoms may mimic a cold or seasonal allergy.


    EVERYONE, regardless of vaccination status:

    • Must report the COVID-positive diagnosis, isolate for 5 days following the onset of symptoms or from the date of positive test if you are asymptomatic, and follow all CDC guidance.
      • You may end isolation with significant improvement of symptoms, no fever in the 24 hours before your return, and clearance email from the COVID Investigation team. In accordance with current guidelines, you should continue masking during in-person activities for a full 10 days from the onset of symptoms or positive test if asymptomatic.
      • Circumstances may vary which could require you to continue masking around others or obtain additional testing.


    If you have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, booster dose if eligible, additional dose if immunocompromised, or recovered from COVID within 3 months:

    EXPOSED to COVID-19 positive - Six feet, 15 minutes or more, cumulative over 24 hrs.

    • Wear a well-fitting, several-ply mask around others for 10 days following the exposure.
    • The CDC recommends testing at least 5 days after exposure, even if asymptomatic. If you develop symptoms you should immediately isolate and get tested.
    • You may continue with in-person activities, masked and distanced when possible.

    Individuals who are UNVACCINATED or not vaccinated with all recommended vaccine doses:

    Any individual who is more than 5 months past their final, primary vaccination with Pfizer or Moderna and more than 2 months past the final, primary vaccination with J&J/Janssen vaccine and have not received a booster dose or have not received the full series of primary vaccination.

    EXPOSED to COVID-19 positive - Six feet, 15 minutes or more, cumulative over 24 hrs.

    • Quarantine for 5 days. After that, continue to mask around others for 5 additional days.
    • The CDC recommends testing at least 5 days after exposure, even if asymptomatic. If you develop symptoms you should immediately isolate and get tested.
    • You may not participate in campus or in-person activities prior to clearance from the COVID Investigation team.

    You may review booster dose eligibility and vaccination.


    Student return to in-person activity clearance process

    Updated Jan. 11, 2022

    The clearance process only applies to students who have missed class due to medical or COVID-related issues AND who have notified the university (COVID Investigation Team or the Wellness Center). Additionally, all required documentation must be received from the student and the student must have received and complied with next steps from COVID Investigation Team.

    Process of Clearing Students

    The COVID Investigation Team/Wellness Center is informed via:

    • Report received through the Medical/COVID Reporting form
    • Email or phone call to the COVID-Care email, COVID Coordinator or Wellness Center

    Medical /COVID Issues:

    • A medical concern may be a hospital visit, concussion, etc. If the student has indicated “medical” but symptoms could be COVID-related, the contact tracer will conduct the initial evaluation.
    • All exposures or COVID-positive results will be handled by the student COVID Investigation Team, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on weekends.
    • A release email is sent to the student for contact information and permission to contact. The short form takes less than a minute to complete and can be done through a smart cell phone. This is usually done within minutes of receiving the reporting form.
    • An evaluation of symptoms, exposure, close contacts and testing in accordance with CDC guidelines will be done to determine next steps for the student.
    • Any individuals identified as close contact will be contacted. The contacted individuals will NOT receive clearance unless they miss class.
    • Instructors should not advise or recommend additional testing as this often results in the student needing to test twice because of invalid, premature testing. Students should be directed to complete the reporting form found on the Titans Together site as opposed to contacting the Dean of Students office or the Wellness Center.

    Clearance to Return

    The student will receive an email confirming that they have been in contact with the Wellness Center, following conversation with the student. A student who submits a reporting form; however, we are unable to contact them will not receive the confirmation email until the student can be reached.

    The student will be sent a “symptom checker” to confirm symptom status and upload any test results, as part of CDC-recommended testing, physician documentation or other pertinent documents for evaluation of return to in-person activities. This can be completed on a smart phone. In lieu of completing this “symptom checker,” the student can speak to the Wellness Center or COVID Investigation Team directly for evaluation. The student will receive a confirmation email with the date of clearance that can be shown to instructors.

    If cleared to return, an expected date of clearance will also be indicated in the COVID tracking log.

    The Wellness Center will review the COVID tracking log for upcoming dates of expected clearance, review the notes and relevant information, and issue a clearance to the Dean of Students Office for the return to in-person activities. The clearance will include basic student data, the return date, on-campus job supervisor name and residential living status. The Dean of Students Office will send the clearance to the associate/assistant dean of the appropriate college/school. Faculty will not be advised directly as part of protocol. Specific questions on a student’s return can be directed to the Dean of Students Office.

    For reference: Link to the Medical/COVID Reporting Form


    Daily Screening Assessment

    Daily symptom screening  procedures will no longer be required for non-clinical settings. All students and employees should continue to self-monitor for any possible COVID-related symptoms and stay home if they are ill.


    Contact Tracing

    Contact tracing will remain in place. All individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or have had close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual must report this information through the COVID-19 Referral Reporting Form .


    Mask Policy

    Updates to mask policy - May 2, 2022

    As of May 1, masks will be required on the McNichols campus only in classrooms, studios, labs, and other learning spaces during instruction.

    Masks will be optional in other work settings.

    This policy will take effect on the Riverfront Campus beginning May 14. 

    The School of Dentistry will continue to require masks in classrooms, labs and other learning spaces during instruction. Separate guidance will follow for other common areas. Dental clinic protocols will continue to require masks in patient treatment areas, patient support offices and waiting rooms.

    While we enter into this new phase, please be respectful of others in our community who may not yet be comfortable without a mask. If someone asks you to wear a mask during a personal encounter or in a meeting, please put one on.



    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 their own protocols, including regular COVID-19 testing.


    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.


    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 follow current rules for face coverings.



    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.


    Related Departmental Contact Info

    Deans of Students

    • Juliette Daniels, School of Dentistry Associate Dean of Students: 313-494-6850
    • Ieisha Humphrey, School of Law Assistant Dean for Student Affairs: 313-596-0206
    • Monica Williams, Dean of Students: 313-993-1028


    • Housekeeping: 313-993-1010
    • Human Resources: 313-993-1036
    • Public Safety: 313-993-1234
    • Wellness Center: 313-993-1185
    • Student COVID Coordinator: 313-418-8525
    • 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