Health Advisories

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The safety and health of our Detroit Mercy family is a top priority for the University. Use the links below to help you navigate illness-related absences and find answers to frequently asked questions.

Health Advisories / Announcements

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  • April 24: Update in FDA and CDC Vaccine Guidance

    Monday April 24, 2023

    Although the University COVID-19 vaccination requirement ended on May 8, it is strongly encouraged that you remain up-to-date with recommended vaccinations.

    Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended the recommended vaccination schedule for most individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is in support of the updates and recommendations.

    Part of this update discontinues the use of a monovalent (the original) mRNA vaccine.  You can read the FDA news release for full details on the change in recommendations.

    Additionally, knowing if you have COVID-19 remains an important part of containing the spread of illness to others. Free COVID-19 over the counter tests are available. If you have COVID-19 test kits that may be expired, you can check for an extended date of expiration by manufacturer here.

    As always, you may reach out to the University Wellness Coordinator with questions or guidance on the University protocols by phone at 313-418-8525 or email

For guidance on masking, COVID-19 test kits and local vaccine resources, please refer to the Wayne County Health Department Coronavirus website.

Navigating health-related concerns

It is important to comply with all absence-related policies and protocols whether you are a student or employee.

  • Advise your instructor or supervisor of your illness-related absence right away. You are not required to provide personal medical information to instructors or supervisors; however, documentation may be required in some cases based upon the number of days absent or circumstance.
  • Review all policies relating to absence. This may be different for each course, instructor or position-specific.
  • You do not need to utilize the medical reporting form used previously, to report your illness. Communication regarding absence should be navigated directly between you and your instructor or supervisor. Alternatively, students may reach out to the Dean of Student’s Office and employees may reach out to Human Resources for additional assistance or in the event of extended absence.
  • Follow all Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended isolation and treatment protocols for your illness. (See some specific links below.) This may include continued masking upon return. It is important that you remain out of in-person activity if you have a fever due to illness, even if you have tested negative for an infectious illness.

Isolation and treatment protocols

The following resources provide information on common illnesses.



Strep Throat

Not feeling well but not a confirmed illness

Taking care of yourself on a daily basis will assist you in recovering quickly from an illness. Find resources for improving your physical health on our Physical Wellness page.

Where to reach out if you're feeling ill

Where to reach out for mental health services