Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates and Guidelines

Page reviewed and updated on: March 26, 2020 at 1:45 p.m.

This entire page is being frequently updated throughout the day.  Please consult the sections relevant to you for the latest information.

On this page: Hours for Services incl. Dining, Computer labs, Library etc |  McNichols Campus | School of Dentistry | School of Law | Current StudentsFaculty / Staff | International Students | Prospective Students | Symptoms/Prevention | Useful Links | Who to Contact | FAQs

  

COVID-19 Developments for Detroit Mercy campuses

The following details our efforts to stay aware of developments and keep you well informed.

March 26: Updates made to Pass/Fail Information

March 25, 2020: Members of the Detroit Mercy community who have suspected, presumptive or positive test results for COVID-19, will be quarantined at home or in the dorm and be in contact with medical professionals and the county health department.

Detroit Mercy is following all CDC, state and Wayne County Health Department protocols. Additionally, spaces used by employee or student with an above case will be thoroughly disinfected according to CDC guidelines, state and county health department guidelines.

For questions related to COVID-19, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or email COVID19@michigan.gov. For employment-related questions, please email hr@udmercy.edu.

March 23, 2020: 

At 11 a.m. this morning, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order for the State of Michigan for the next three weeks. “For at least the next three weeks, all Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they are part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.” A one-page summary of the order is attached here. For your reference, the full order.

Effective, March 24, McNichols campus administrators, administrative staff and faculty will be allowed access to buildings for no more than one hour, if necessary. Individuals are expected to contact Public Safety upon arrival on the McNichols campus to gain access to an office or academic building. The hours for the McNichols campus will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Riverfront Campus is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and access to the Corktown Campus must be arranged by calling Public Safety. All supervisors who have employees who are part of the critical infrastructure workforce (essential) and must come to campus are required to complete the attached COVID-19 Campus Access Listing form and e-mail it to the addresses provided on the form. Anyone who will be approved for this, will receive a letter from Public Safety to keep with them for traveling to and from campus.

 

March 23, 2020: Governor Whitmer Signs "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order

Shortened Hours and Closures on Campuses

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    Dining

    McNichols Campus

    Starting Saturday, March 28

    The Loft: Residents on the meal plan can pick up a day’s worth of meals (one hot entrée, and two cold entrees)

    Monday – Sunday
    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


     

    The Bookmark:

    Closed 

     

    Riverfront Café:

    Closed

    Corktown Café:

    Closed

    Thank you for being flexible and for helping us maintain a safe environment!

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    Titan Information Center, Parking & ID Office

    Titan Information Center

    Temporarily Closed

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    Bookstore - McNichols Campus

    Temporarily Closed.

    Rental Books are due back April 25. For returning your rental books, print your free shipping label to ship from inside the US here.

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    Fitness Center

    Student Fitness Center  is temporarily closed.
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    McNichols Campus Library & Instructional Design Studio

    The McNichols Campus Library is temporarily closed.

    A majority of the library's resources are available online. Library faculty are available to assist with access and to work with students and faculty to provide options for materials currently held in print format only. The library will continue to provide ILL service for journal articles, book chapters, and any resources that may be provided electronically.

    Online library assistance is available 24/7. Please work with your librarian for research assistance and information literacy instruction. Library faculty are working to keep you up-to-date with library help, various updates, and fact-checking resources.

    See the library help page for information on getting help from a librarian, building access updates, and other resources:

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    Computer Access

    ITS Quad Commons

    Closed until further notice.

    For more information on the ITS Quad Commons computing lab, please visit:

    For general information about all ITS labs including policies, please visit:

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    Student Services and Support

    Academic Advising and Registration

    Advising and registration started March 16 and students and faculty should interact with each other in a mutually agreeable manner, e.g., email, chat, telephone etc.

    Financial Aid

    The Financial Aid Office encourages students to contact their financial aid advisor via email. Contact information can be found at: https://www.udmercy.edu/admission/financial-aid/index.php

    Student Accounting Office

    The Student Accounting Office encourages students to contact the staff via email. Contact information can be found at: https://www.udmercy.edu/current-students/accounting/index.php

    Student Success Center and Student Disability & Accessibility Support Services

     The SSC has created an online platform for you to access free tutoring via Blackboard. Tutors have their own "classroom" allowing you opportunities for a video conference tutoring session. Please go to the SSC website to access the list of tutors and/or contact Felicia Hartinger at mitrovfl@udmercy.edu for questions.

    Please contact Laura Bagdady for disability support assistance: bagdadlm@udmercy.edu.

    TRIO Student Support Services

    TRIO Student Support Services is currently providing all services online, including individual coaching appointments, tutoring appointments, and webinars. Please contact TRIO SSS at trio@udmercy.edu for more information or to make an appointment.

    Contacts

    Please remember that our university resources are available to you. If you would like to talk with someone, you can reach out to the following offices:

    • Dean of Students Office at 313-993-1028
    • Wellness Center for the Health Clinic at 313-993-1185, for Personal Counseling at 313-993-1459
    • University Ministry at 313-993-1560
    • Office of Residence Life at 313-993-1230
    • International Services Office at 313-993-1205

    If you need assistance outside regular business hours, please call the Department of Public Safety at 313-993-1234.

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    Psychology and Counseling Clinics

    The Psychology Clinic and the Counseling Clinic are closed until further notice.

    Teletherapy

    The Psychology Clinic will offer teletherapy services by phone or HIPAA compliant electronic means.

    Phone: 313-578-0570
    Websites: 

McNichols Campus

Building Access

Effective March 24, McNichols campus administrators, administrative staff and faculty will be allowed access to buildings for no more than one hour, if necessary. Individuals are expected to contact Public Safety upon arrival on the McNichols campus to gain access to an office or academic building.The hours for the McNichols campus will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Online classes

Detroit Mercy conducts online sessions using Blackboard Collaborate. Collaborate is a web-conferencing tool built specifically for education. It uses video chat, application sharing and more to create an immersive online classroom experience. 

Most clinical experiences have been suspended and/or students are being provided with educational alternatives. College and School Deans and faculty may be sending out directives for clinicals, externships, internships, etc. If you have a question about these, please contact your College or School dean's office. 

Telecommuting

Campus is open to essential personnel. Employees may be telecommuting remotely at this time and only available via phone and email at this time.

School of Dentistry

Students

Because School of Dentistry has unique student instruction situations, the dean of this school will communicate further instructions to his faculty, staff and students based on the guidance of the School's accrediting agencies.

On March 23, it is anticipated that all didactic information will be delivered using remote technology.

Off-site rotations will proceed according to the policies of the off-site clinic. 

Patients

Our dental clinics will be closed through March 29. We will contact you to reschedule your appointment.

We will continue to provide emergency care to patients involved in active treatment who have a dental emergency. 

We are adhering to State and Federal agencies and CDC guidelines, including asking all patients about travel history or if they are experiencing any type of cold or flu-like symptoms. 

If you have traveled to an area affected by COVID-19, have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or are experiencing any type of flu-like symptoms such as fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, please help us maintain a safe environment by scheduling your dental appointment at a later date.

If you do not hear from us over the next few days,  please call your Patient Services Representative or 313.494.6700 to reschedule your appointment. 

School of Law

Because School of Law has unique student instruction situations, the dean of this school will communicate further instructions to her faculty, staff and students based on the guidance of the School's accrediting agencies.

At this time, employees are working remotely.

Off-Site / Off-Campus

Off site courses will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Current Students

Manage Emotional Responses during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Updated 3/26: Pass/Fail and Withdrawals

  • Pass/Fail: Undergraduate students at Detroit Mercy may request to take any of their courses ending in April 2020 pass/fail this semester, a choice that can be requested up to April 9.
  • Withdrawals: For all undergraduate and graduate students, the withdrawal date for courses will be extended to April 9. Withdrawals will, as usual, require approval by your advisor and school or college.

Online Classes

Commencement

Postponement of the May 8 and 9 McNichols Campus, School of Law and School of Dentistry 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. Letter from the President on the Commencement web page.

Faculty and Staff

Telecommuting

Time-off related to COVID-19

Human Resources and Payroll have provided further guidelines for time-off related to COVID-19. Guidelines and timesheets can be found on my.udmercy.edu under "Employee Quicklinks." Employees who are ill, especially if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are instructed to stay home.

Events

All events with 50 people or more will be canceled to adhere to the CDC's recommendation for social distancing. Deans and vice presidents may consider exceptions, but safety must remain our top priority. Events with less than 50 people are also discouraged. Communications regarding the upcoming commencement ceremonies will be forthcoming.

Travel

All domestic and international travel affiliated with the University is prohibited.

Travel Advisory

If you choose to travel to or return from a country with a CDC Level-3 Health Notice, the University now requires you to isolate yourself at your home for 14 days before returning to campus.  See CDC Travel Notices.

Registering Travel

In an effort to help keep our Detroit Mercy community safe and healthy, all students, faculty, and staff should register their domestic and international, personal and university-affiliated, travel. If you are currently traveling or planning travel to occur before May 15, 2020 please Register Your Travel HERE. This is extremely important for receiving follow up messages from the Wellness Center or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in the event of further spread of the virus.

Travel restrictions and advisories can change frequently, and travelers should be prepared for restrictions that go into effect with little or no advance notice. These restrictions could include detainment or quarantine at your destination or airport for 14 days.

Media and Calls

 If you receive calls regarding Detroit Mercy’s efforts to keep our community safe, please direct callers to the website. Should you receive calls from the media, please direct them to the Marketing & Communications Department at 313-993-1254.

International Students

International students studying at Detroit Mercy campuses on an F-1 visa are strongly advised to speak with the International Services Office in Reno Hall. Please call 313-993-1205 to discuss any future travel plans. You may also email Lily Swan, director of International Services, at swanls@udmercy.edu with questions.

Prospective Students

Accepted Students Day, scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020, has been canceled and all in-person visits to campus have been suspended until Monday, April 13, 2020. In the coming weeks, we will provide interactive, online visit options for students.

Freshman

The student reply deadline of May 1, 2020 has been extended to June 1, 2020. Other, program-specific, deadlines may apply. Students who would like to request a deadline extension should contact the Office of Admissions by calling 313-993-1245 or by emailing admissions@udmercy.edu.

Transfer

  • On campus Nursing Information Sessions have been replaced with an online format using Zoom. Students will be provided a link to join the meeting upon registration.
  • The Summer 2020 (May) start date for the Part-Time Nursing Cohort will move to Fall 2020 (August). Students will be contacted with details.
  • The March 31, 2020 deadline for the Nursing Second Degree Option track has been extended to May 1, 2020.

Useful Links

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to assess your risk.

Related Links:

Symptoms

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

If you think you may have symptoms, especially after exposure to someone symptomatic or upon return from country with a COVID-19 outbreak, call the local emergency room, urgent care or your primary care physician and first to let them know what is going on with you before you go in.

Teledoc, a virtual care provider that can evaluate symptoms via phone or webcam is available to students and employees. If COVID-19 is suspected, Teledoc can assist in navigating patients to the appropriate local resource. Call 855-835-2362 or visit www.teladoc.com/doctors. Depending on the type of health insurance, there may be a fee associated. University employees should refer to HR's guidelines in my.udmercy.edu.

Prevention

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

As always, it is important to remember that the best way to prevent any respiratory illness is to practice routine good hygiene habits:
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your mouth and eyes.
  • Stay home at the first sign of symptoms. If you are sick, don’t go to school or work. Don’t cough or sneeze near others, and cough into your elbow rather than your hands. 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid others who are sick.
  • Refrain from shaking hands when greeting people. 
  • Clean common surfaces such as computers, phones and doorknobs with disinfecting cleanser. 
  • Take care of yourself. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.

Detroit Mercy's Response

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    University COVID-19 Response Team

    Detroit Mercy has established a COVID-19 Response Team focused on safety, timely communication and the implementation of proactive measures to reduce risk. The COVID-19 response team follows information and guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and specific to institutions of higher education.

    The University is taking proactive measures by utilizing health-care grade disinfectants for commonly used surfaces, supplying hand-sanitizer to common areas, residence halls, and increasing awareness and hygiene reminders through display put throughout the campus.

    We continue to review health advisories and travel alerts from the State of Michigan, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and other Universities as well as working closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to monitor the situation.

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    Maintaining a Climate of Respect

    Anti-Stigma Statement

    In the wake of the coronavirus and its origins in China, there have been a increasing number of news reports around the country and elsewhere regarding stereotyping, harassment and bullying directed at persons perceived to be of Chinese American or, more generally, Asian descent, including students. The Detroit Mercy community has always shown tremendous love, respect and care for all faculty, staff and students and this will continue. However, it is important to gently remind everyone that the University does not tolerate any kind of ethnic harassment or bullying here.

    The University supports all members of the Detroit Mercy community who are from or have connections to a location that has confirmed cases of COVID-19. Racist behaviors or stereotyping are not tolerated at Detroit Mercy. Those who experience harassment or discrimination on campus can report it to their respective campus Student Affairs office:

    • McNichols Campus Students: Monica Williams at 313-993-1028  or leonarmj@udmercy.edu 
    • School of Law Students: Megan Jennings at 313-596-0209 or jenninmf@udmercy.edu 
    • School of Dentistry Students: Juliette Daniels at 313-494-6850 or danieljc@udmercy.edu
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    Who to contact with questions

    Regarding study abroad, travel restrictions or health concerns

    Please review the following resources or call the numbers listed below with questions.

    Health

    Student Affairs Office

FAQs

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    What is Coronavirus

    For information on Coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China, go to the CDC website.

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    Are there any confirmed cases of Coronavirus on the Detroit Mercy campus?

    Members of the Detroit Mercy community who have suspected, presumptive or positive test results for COVID-19, will be quarantined at home or in the dorm and be in contact with medical professionals and the county health department.

    Detroit Mercy is following all CDC, state and Wayne County Health Department protocols. Additionally, spaces used by employee or student with an above case will be thoroughly disinfected according to CDC guidelines, state and county health department guidelines.

    For questions related to COVID-19, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 or email COVID19@michigan.gov.  For employment-related questions, please email hr@udmercy.edu.

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    What can I do?

    According to the CDC, steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent novel coronavirus, including:

    Governor Whitmer Signs "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Executive Order

    • Practicing good hygiene. Wash your hands and avoid touching your mouth and eyes.
    • Staying home.
    • Don’t cough or sneeze near others.
    • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoiding others who are sick.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting common touch surfaces frequently.
    • Taking care of yourself. Be sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy and drink plenty of water.
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    What if I feel sick?

    If you traveled or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, and are feeling sick with symptoms of the novel coronavirus, call your health practitioner for guidance. Follow CDC Guidelines.

    If you think you may have symptoms especially after exposure to someone symptomatic or upon return from an affected domestic or international location, call the local emergency room, urgent care or your primary care physician first to let them know what is going on with you before you go in.

    Faculty and Staff