Titans Together: On Campus Guide

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What to expect when you return to campus for: StudentsEmployees

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.

*Travel, Screening, and Visitor policies updated July 1, 2021. Facemask policy updated Aug. 5, 2021. 

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    COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

    On June 10, the University announced that all students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 16, which means that two weeks have passed since the final dose of your vaccine by that date. Exemptions may be made for medical, religious or philosophical reasons.

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


    Travel Policy

    Travel Policy

    Fully vaccinated individuals will not need to complete the online travel assessment form to advise the University of personal or professional travel when they want to enter campus.

    Unvaccinated individuals must complete a travel assessment form following any travel outside their normal routine.

    Travel Assessment

    Upon your return from your travel, and at least 48 hours prior to your return to campus, unvaccinated students and employees must complete the Travel Risk Assessment Screening Tool.  Your answers will determine if you will be contacted for follow-up questions.

    To review possible follow-up questions view this Self-Assess Your Risk for Travel document (pdf).

    View information on Contact Tracing.



    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 are showing any of the following symptoms, it is imperative to contact:

    • the Wellness Center (for McNichols, Corktown and Riverfront students) at 313-993-1185
    • Corktown students must also contact Juliette Daniels, School of Dentistry Associate Dean of Students: 313-494-6850
    • Riverfront students must also contact  Megan Jennings, School of Law Associate Dean of Student Affairs: 313-596-0209

    Jan 11, 2022: Updates to Student Quarantine and Isolation Protocol and Return to in-person activity clearance process

    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 review all details relevant to the exposure, including vaccination status, symptom review, and close contacts.
    • If the student develops signs/symptoms, they should 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.


    Daily Screening Assessment

    The Red Light-Green Light entry procedures will no longer be required for non-clinical settings. All employees should continue to self-monitor for any possible COVID-related symptoms and stay home if they are ill.

    McNichols Campus

    No entrance screening. Some Schools or Colleges, however, may need to adopt specific requirements for their programming or services. Please follow those protocols when asked.

    School of Dentistry

    The symptom tracker entrance procedure will remain in place along with full personal protective equipment (PPE) if you are within a patient treatment area or an aerosol-generating environment. Masking for unvaccinated individuals is required at all times while indoors, unless in a private office. Vaccinated individuals in non-clinic positions must remain distanced from colleagues but can choose for themselves whether or not to wear a mask.

    School of Law

    No entrance screening.


    Contact Tracing

    Contact tracing will remain in place and all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or unvaccinated employees who have close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual must advise Human Resources. Unvaccinated students who have close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual must advise the Wellness Center on the McNichols Campus.


    Face-coverings (Masks)

    Starting Jan. 31, surgical or higher-grade face masks must be worn on all Detroit Mercy campuses. This policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and visitors to all our campuses. The best protection is offered by N95, KN95, KF-94 or equivalent masks. Disposable surgical masks that fit snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin are also acceptable. The CDC recommends wearing a cloth mask on top of surgical masks to ensure a better fit. Per further CDC guidelines, masks with exhalation vents are not acceptable.

    For information on mask effectiveness, see the graphic from Public Health Collaborative where you can find more information about the pandemic.


    All individuals, regardless of their vaccination status, must wear a mask indoors unless alone in a private office. Current recommendations are for KN95 or KF94 masks.

    Neck gaiters, scarves, bandanas and plastic face shields do not fulfill the mask requirement.

    On the McNichols Campus, masks are available at the gate and Public Safety for students and others. Faculty can request masks through their dean's office and staff and administration can request them through the Human Resources Office.

    On the Riverfront Campus, masks are available at the Student Services Center.

    On the Corktown Campus, public safety monitors the employee and student entrance for temperature checks and has masks available if needed.


    Mask usage is not required outdoors unless you are unvaccinated and attending an event where distance cannot be maintained, or you have been advised that masking is required.


    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
    • Megan Jennings, School of Law Associate Dean of Student Affairs: 313-596-0209
    • 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
    • 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