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  • June 17: Sign up for Housing and Early Arrival Information

    Thursday June 17, 2021

    Students interested in living on campus can fill out an application through the TitanHousing portal.

    Students needing to request an early arrival for their housing, can do so on the Residence Life web page.

    Please email Residence Life with any questions at

  • June 10: Detroit Mercy to require COVID-19 vaccine for fall 2021

    Thursday June 10, 2021

    A message from University President Antoine M. Garibaldi

    Detroit Mercy thanks the University community and our metro Detroit neighbors for their resilience over the last 15 months. The University remains committed to maintaining the highest safety standards and prioritizing the health and well-being of our community.

    After careful review and consideration of guidance from medical and public health experts, all University of Detroit Mercy students, faculty and staff will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated on or before August 16, 2021.

    This decision has been made for several reasons. As a Jesuit and Mercy institution, we recognize our shared moral responsibility to keep each other safe, including members of our community who need additional protection from the novel coronavirus. We also want to return to the everyday freedoms of living, learning and working together safely. Even more simply, obtaining one of the authorized vaccinations is the key to vibrant, on-campus experiences and in-person learning for the next academic year.

    Therefore, all members of the University community should be fully vaccinated by August 16, which means that two weeks have passed since the final dose of your vaccine. Limited exemptions will be made for medical, religious or philosophical reasons. Students who are fully remote and are not required to be on campus may also apply for an exemption but are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated to protect themselves and others in our community.

    Details about how to upload proof of vaccination or apply for an exemption will be distributed by email soon. You will be pleased to know that a recent campus-wide survey of students and employees indicated a large majority are already fully vaccinated or plan to be by fall. You can read more about the requirement and find answers to frequently asked questions at

    Since the beginning of this pandemic, the University has worked diligently to keep our campus communities healthy and prioritize safety in decision-making. This fall, Detroit Mercy will continue enhanced sanitization practices and ask members of the University community to monitor their symptoms before coming to campus. We will no longer require masks outdoors except in large groups where physical distancing is not possible. We look forward to being able to eliminate indoor mask requirements for fully vaccinated individuals and hope to do so after a period of closely monitoring infection rates.

    As a Jesuit, Mercy and Catholic university, Detroit Mercy is called upon to care for our entire community of students, faculty and staff, as well as our local and global neighbors. As we plan for the fall semester, the entire University looks forward to gathering again with a renewed sense of commitment and purpose.


  • June 07: Riverfront Campus welcomes The Big Salad

    Monday June 07, 2021

    After undergoing major construction in 2020, the Riverfront Campus has transformed its former Riverfront Cafe into The Big Salad! Detroit Mercy Law welcomes delicious salads to the community with a soft open in early August, followed by the grand opening on Aug. 26 at noon. Note: The Big Salad will also deliver to both the McNichols Campus and Corktown Campus.

  • June 06: Volunteers needed to support campus garden and produce deliveries

    Sunday June 06, 2021

    Do you enjoy gardening, being outside and meeting new people? The Titan Equity Nourish Network (Formerly Campus Kitchen) is looking for faculty, staff and student volunteers to support Friday produce deliveries and the maintenance of a campus garden! Every Friday, TENN delivers produce to neighbors surrounding the McNichols Campus. Volunteers are needed to support pick-up, packaging and distribution. TENN also plans to develop a campus garden and seeks volunteers to support weeding, bed installation and harvesting.

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email Grace Gamble at for more information.

  • June 05: Juneteenth Celebration

    Saturday June 05, 2021

    The School of Dentistry celebrates Juneteenth this month with a health walk and potluck cookout. Juneteenth, or June 19, is the historic holiday which marks America’s second Independence Day. Although a celebration of African American history, Juneteenth remains relatively unknown to most citizens.

    On Friday, June 18, Detroit Mercy Dental invites all students and employees to a walk around the Corktown Campus, followed by a parking lot potluck lunch. The Juneteenth potluck will include music, food and children’s activities. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, water, sunscreen and friends to enjoy the music and hang out with the community. For more information, contact Detroit Mercy Dental Office of Diversity and Inclusion Director Melvin Lunkins at

    Register for the celebration online.
  • June 03: Enjoy a tasty food truck lunch this summer

    Thursday June 03, 2021

    Beginning Tuesday, June 8 through August, University of Detroit Mercy will host local food trucks each Tuesday in Sacred Heart Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. First up, Tres Leches will be available with a delicious menu of quesadillas, tamales, tacos and more!

    Food Truck flyer of trucks in a line up


  • June 01: Vivere ex Missione winners display leadership, service and scholarship

    Tuesday June 01, 2021

    The Vivere ex Missione awards are presented each year to four graduating students whose time at University of Detroit Mercy was marked by leadership, service and scholarship. Nominations are made by students, staff and faculty and the awardees are chosen by a committee of staff and faculty.

    “Vivere ex Missione” means “to live the mission” and these students did just that as Detroit Mercy students. Below is the text of the citations each received with their honor:

    Amber Abram, Undergraduate

    Amber Abram accepts their award from Dr. Garibaldi.Servant leadership is a hallmark of a Detroit Mercy education, and it is a trait that defines Biology student Amber Abram’s undergraduate years. 

    An excellent student in our ReBUILDetroit Program, Abram is also a welcoming, open presence at many on-campus programs. She is committed to advancing her academic development, professional career, leadership skills and knowledge of diversity-related topics through her participation in several programs dedicated to diversity and inclusion. 

    As a mentor with the TRIO Student Support Services and The Writing Center’s Bridges Not Fences events, she shared her story of facing racism and the imposter syndrome she feels as a first-generation college student. She has worked with the University’s HIVE pantry and community gardens to address food equity issues. Amber is active with the Black Student Union, is a Presidential Ambassador and volunteered to care for the dying through a hospice organization. As a mentor at The Writing Center, she guided students to greater success by showing empathy, respect and patience. 

    Additionally, she is an unassuming role model for all students through her work ethic, commitment to equity and compassion for all. 

    Maureen Murphy, Graduate Student

    Maureen Murphy accepts their award from Dr. Garibaldi.The healthcare worker of today needs to be an innovator and leader who sees the big picture and understands that there is more than one way to achieve the best outcome. Maureen Murphy, who graduates as a Doctor of Nursing Practice, is that person. 

    Maureen has been working in healthcare since she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Detroit Mercy in 1993. She is well-known and respected across the state for her work in school-based health centers because she shares the lessons learned by her compassionate approach to caring for patients.

    As a nurse practitioner in the River Rouge community, she strives to minimize healthcare disparities as she cares for vulnerable adolescents. Her doctoral project uses an innovative model to address immunization access issues in that community. The project also provided food and other important resources for the clients. 

    Maureen’s work begins with strong leadership skills in building a team whose members understand their roles and the unique needs of the community; care is given in the spirit of cultural humility. She is an advocate for families and engages policy makers at the local and state level to promote justice and ensure equitable resources. Her reputation has led to strong relationships within the nursing leadership community in southeastern Michigan and highlights the quality of a Detroit Mercy education. 

    “I am thankful and full of gratitude to Detroit Mercy for all the support and mentorship with my journey through the doctorate of nursing practice,” Murphy said. “I have learned so much, and it has forever changed me. This mission style lamp given to me reminds us of the mission of the University. I hope always to keep their mission and my nursing practice forever intertwined.”

    Deja Davis, Detroit Mercy Law

    Deja Davis accepts their award from Dr. Garibaldi.Law school is a challenge for everyone who attends, and one student in the Class of 2021 made it her mission to ensure all students felt welcomed, represented and supported. Deja Davis is that student. 

    An outstanding student who has performed well academically, Davis was executive director of outside competitions for Detroit Mercy Law’s Moot Court program, where she represented Detroit Mercy Law at competitions around the country. Davis’ dedication to this position earned her the Patrick A. Keenan Appellate Advocacy Tournament and the Moot Court Junior Member Appellate Advocacy Competition awards. 

    In another leadership position, as president of the Black Law Students Association, Davis found ways to provide mentorship, coaching, and a sense of community to Black students at Detroit Mercy Law. A program she organized through the group resulted in a high placement of first-year students in a minority clerkship program through the Wolverine Bar Association in large metro-Detroit law firms and federal judges’ chambers. 

    Deja was the student representative on Detroit Mercy Law’s Dean’s search committee, proving herself an advocate for the student body. She impressed the candidates by showing them what a Detroit Mercy Law student can be. Outside of school, she served as a law clerk at Lakeshore Legal Aid, where she worked on behalf of clients in family law, public assistance, unemployment and landlord tenant cases. 

    For those reasons, University of Detroit Mercy is proud to award the 2021 Vivere ex Missione award for Detroit Mercy Law to Deja Davis. 

    Steven Santarossa, Detroit Mercy Dental

    Steven Santarossa accepts their award from Dr. Garibaldi.Detroit Mercy Dental strives to graduate dental professionals who have demonstrated they are leaders in the field of dentistry and socially conscious, caring members of society. Steven Santarossa is that student. 

    Early on as a student, Santarossa was driven to expand his knowledge of his chosen specialty, oral surgery, by continuing research he began as an undergraduate in 4-D technology, so he could better understand certain conditions and provide care that improves patient outcomes. He tutors peers, is the academic chair of his dental fraternity and a mentor to dental students as they embark on research. While he is an exemplary practitioner, it is the concern and care for the world around him that makes Santarossa worthy of this recognition, though he would never seek it. 

    Santarossa demonstrated leadership skills and expanded his cultural horizons by organizing dental volunteer trips to Guatemala and India. Closer to home, he dedicates himself fully to his community through his work. He is known for the care he takes to learn about his fellow students and his patients, demonstrating through his actions how to treat everyone with respect, and finding ways to bridge gaps that sometimes arise between patients and students. 

    “This award is a true honor and a huge blessing to receive,” Santarossa said. “I am grateful for the many mentors, family and friends in my life that have supported my growth into a man deserving to receive this highest recognition. I plan to continue living out the mission of the University of Detroit Mercy in my future endeavors, beginning with my oral and maxillofacial surgery residency in Omaha, Nebraska. I wish to thank those who nominated me for this recognition and to the University for fostering my growth.”

Student Spotlight

Monday June 07, 2021
Student Spotlight: Mike Doryen
International student Mike Doryen poses with his new diploma.

Our Student Spotlight shines on international student and 2021 graduate Mike Doryen! Hometown: Monrovia, Liberia Year & Major:  2021 graduate, Master of Business Administration and …

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    Student Success and Academic Support

    Student Success Center

    The Student Success Center offers a testing center, tutoring and study groups, professional mentoring, athlete study table, placement testing, and more. Some of the programs listed below are also part of the Student Success Center.

    • Academic Interest and Major Exploration (AIME)- Developmental advising and peer mentoring to conditionally admitted students.

    • Disability Support Services- available to all currently enrolled students who have documented disabilities that substantially limit them in one or more major life activities. Individuals eligible for services may have, but are not limited to, the following types of disabilities: mobility, orthopedic, hearing, visual, learning, psychological and attentional.

    • KCP Program - Michigan students who can benefit from improving their academic skills. Professional, confidential academic support.

    • Personal Counseling - Professional outpatient counseling and psychotherapeutic treatment is available to students at no charge.

    • Tutoring - SSC offers free tutoring in most freshman and some upper-division courses, including math, chemistry, biology, languages, philosophy, history and English. Make an appointment.

    TRiO Student Support Services

    TRiO is a federally funded program designed to provide underrepresented student populations. It provides assistance with scholarship applications, academic success planning, mentoring and more.

    The Writing Center

    Work on any stage of the writing process. with peer consultants. Review your assignments, drafts, instructor feedback and questions. Get support if English is not your first language.

    Student Advising

    Work with your faculty advisor to reflect on your academic and career goals and to track your academic progress.


    Important Dates

    Important Date Info for Fall Term 2021

    • March 15, 2021: Advising Begins For Term I Fall 2021-2022
    • March 22: Registration Begins For Term I Fall 2021-2022
    • August 13: Deadline For December 2021 Graduation Applications
    • August 27: Drops for Non-payment at Close of Business
    • August 29: Last Day to Make a Payment for Term I Fall 2021-22 without a Late Fee Assessment
    • August 30: CLASSES BEGIN
    • September 5: Last Day to Register, | Add/Drop Ends | Last Day for 100% Refund, to Drop a Course Without a "W",  to Declare Audit or Pass/Fail Option
    • September 4-6: Labor Day Holiday (UNIVERSITY CLOSED)
    • October 11-12: Fall Break - University Open but NO classes
    • November 1: Advising For Term II Winter and Summer 2021-2022 Begins
    • November 9: Registration For Term II Winter and Summer 2021-2022 Begins
    • November 22: Last Day to Withdraw From Class
    • November 25-28: Thanksgiving Recess (UNIVERSITY CLOSED)
    • December 14-18: Final Exam Week
    • December 18: Official End of Term
    • Academic Calendar | Registration ScheduleOffice of the Registrar


    Important Dates for Winter 2022

    • Nov. 8: Registration Begins 
    • Jan. 9: Registration Ends
    • Jan. 10: Classes Begin
    • Jan: 16: Last Day to Add a Class / Last Day to Delete a Class without a W grade
    • Jan. 17: MLK Holiday (UNIV CLOSED)
    • Feb. 11: Deadline for Fall "I" grades
    • Mar. 7-12: Mid-Winter/Spring Break
    • Mar. 30: Last Day to Withdraw (full semester course) Mar 30
    • Apr. 15-17: Easter Recess (UNIV CLOSED) 
    • Apr. 26-30: Final Exam Week 
    • Apr. 30: Official End of Term II/Winter
    • May 14: Baccalaureate/Commencement
    • Academic Calendar | Registration ScheduleOffice of the Registrar

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    Emergency Assistance

    In case of emergencies outside of Wellness Center and Clinic hours, please contact the following:

    Emergency Assistance

    911 Police – Fire – Medical

    University of Detroit Mercy Public Safety/Emergency Line — 313-993-1123

    Call for help

    University of Detroit Mercy Public Safety Escort Services
    McNichols Campus — 313-993-1234
    School of Law — 313-993-1234
    School of Dentistry — 313-494-6706

    TALK National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (24/7) — 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255

    HELP Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse) — 800-662-HELP (800-662-4357)

    Crisis Text Line Get Help Now (24/7) — Text START to 741-741

    Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network Sexual Assault National Line — 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)

    Rape Victim’s Assistance Program at Detroit Police Department Crisis Line — 313-833-1660

    Collegiate Assistance Program (Nurse Line 24/7) — 877-643-5130

    Center for Disease Control, National STD and AIDS Hotline — 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

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