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.

As we plan for the fall 2020 semester, 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. Throughout a coordinated planning process, 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.

Summer sessions

During the summer term, all courses are available online. Summer Session II begins June 22 and concludes on Aug. 6.  Students can still apply for summer financial aid and the majority of students who enroll in summer coursework will receive an additional $500 Detroit Mercy CARES Act grant. For more about this grant, please visit the website.

Fall term

New calendar 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.

  • Fall semester classes for undergraduate programs and the majority of graduate programs will begin Aug. 24. The traditional fall break is cancelled and classes will be held on those days.
  • 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. 
  • The semester will conclude on Dec. 12.

The University plans to release comprehensive details about how fall courses will be taught by late June.

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.

Flexible hybrid model

For the fall term on the McNichols Campus, the University will adopt 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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