COVID-19 Updates

Detroit Mercy Law continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation. Learn more about the University's vaccine requirements.

We are working to respond to a unique set of circumstances in a way that prioritizes health and safety, meets our mission of educating the complete lawyer , and fully supports our current and future students, alumni, and friends.  

Our building is open in a limited capacity for current students, faculty and staff, and invited visitors.  

In order to keep the amount of people in our building below capacity and keep everyone safe, drop in visitors are not allowed in the building at this time.   

If you have questions about accessing the building, please contact:

Kurt J. Godfryd
Assistant Dean, Administration
godfrykj@udmercy.edu
313-596-0207
Room 204

On this page: Coming to Campus | Future Students| Current Students

 

Coming to Campus

As always, your health and safety are our top priority. Please review the information below, as well as the Titans Together Campus Safety Guide prior to your first trip to campus. Students are expected to comply with all protocols articulated therein, and are likewise expected to comply with any health and safety instructions that are given by staff or faculty while on campus. As of Aug. 5, University of Detroit Mercy is reinstating mandatory mask usage indoors on all Detroit Mercy campuses, regardless of one’s vaccination status. 

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    Riverfront Campus and Library Hours

    Starting August 23, the building hours will be as follows:

     Riverfront Campus Hours
    Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    Friday  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Sunday Closed

     

     

    Library On-Site Hours
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Wednesday Noon – 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday Closed  
     
    Library Remote Hours
    Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 10:50 p.m.
    Friday  8:00 a.m. – 5:50 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:50 p.m.

     

    Law Library staff and resources are still available remotely through email, chat, and video conferencing on our Remote Library Access. We will monitor building usage and make adjustments, as appropriate, on a monthly basis. 

    If you have any questions regarding the Library, please ask one of our librarians at: lawlibrary@udmercy.edu 

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    Safe Practices

    DETROIT MERCY VACCINATION REQUIREMENT 
    On June 10, 2021 the University announced that all students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated by August 16, 2021 which means that two weeks have passed since the final dose of your vaccine by that date. Exemptions will be made for medical, religious or philosophical reasons. 

    For more information on this requirement and the exemption procedure, please visit www.udmercy.edu/vaccine. 
     
    CLASSROOMS
    Beginning in the fall term, classrooms will return to regular capacity. Social distancing will not be required.

    MASKS

    As of Aug. 5, University of Detroit Mercy is reinstating mandatory mask usage indoors on all Detroit Mercy campuses, regardless of one’s vaccination status. 

     
    CLEANING AND SANITATION
    Cleaning and regular sanitizing efforts will remain in place.  
     
    DRINKING FOUNTAINS, SINKS & 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.

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    What if I have been exposed or received a positive Covid-19 test?

    We are following best practices to limit the spread of COVID, including a vaccine requirement and universal masking.   You may learn that you have had close contact (defined as more than 15 minutes of contact, within 6 feet, over a 24-hour period) with a person who has COVID.  You may also learn that while you have not had close contact, as defined above, you have been in a room with a person who has COVID.  The current CDC guidance, which the university is following, is as follows:

    Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated.  People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.  

    • If you have an exposure to COVID or have received a positive COVID test, please complete the university's COVID referral report: https://udmercy.edu/covidreport . After you do so, you will be contacted by the university's Student COVID Care Coordinator, who will walk you through the steps you need to take. This person will ask you for any close contacts you had at school, and will initiate contact tracing, as appropriate.
    • You are also encouraged to complete the COVID referral report if you have concerns about a fellow classmate, faculty member or staff person's compliance with the COVID precautions we have in place at the university.  Your concern will be routed to the appropriate person for follow up.  
    • Masks are required at all times within law school buildings, except when a person is eating or drinking.  Individuals who are alone in their private office space may remove their masks, but in any public spaces, including classrooms and study spaces, masks should be worn.  Please continue to wear your mask properly (covering your mouth and nose) within the law school.
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    Other Questions?

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Kurt J. Godfryd
    Assistant Dean, Administration
    godfrykj@udmercy.edu
    313-596-0207
    Room 204

Future Students

In-person visits are available for incoming and admitted students only. They must be scheduled in advance and drop-ins are not permitted. To schedule an appointment, please visit Campus Tours.

Masks are required to visit campus.

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Current Students

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    Student Services

    Faculty and the student services team continue to be available to support you.

    Contact Dean Broughton

    Contact Dean Jennings 

    Contact Director Hall 

    Contact Faculty 

    Contact Administration

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    Winter 2022 Term

    Detroit Mercy Law is committed to ensuring you receive an exceptional legal education and law school experience. The faculty approved some guiding principles that will govern this winter’s schedule, and we wanted to share them with you.  

    We will offer opportunities for some in-person classes. This assumes that in-person instruction will be permissible under public health guidelines. Classes held in-person will follow public health guidelines in place in the winter. As of Aug. 5, 2021, University of Detroit Mercy is reinstating mandatory mask usage indoors on all Detroit Mercy campuses, regardless of one’s vaccination status.

    We are working to ensure online offerings for students who chose that option. Some of those classes may be taught exclusively online, and some may be taught in a hybrid format where a group of students attend in person and other students simultaneously attend online. Due to the pandemic, the American Bar Association (ABA), which is the accrediting body for law schools, is allowing law schools to exceed the limitations for online instruction. As the pandemic recedes, we will transition back to a regular course of in-person instruction, with limits on online instruction that comply with ABA standards.

    We will keep you posted as details become available. As always, health and safety remain top priorities. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have followed state, local, and national guidelines to safeguard the health and safety of our community. We recognize the need to remain flexible during this historic time. We will continue to be vigilant as we monitor health and safety guidelines and work to ensure a safe return to campus.

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    Fall 2021 Term

    Detroit Mercy Law is committed to ensuring you receive an exceptional legal education and law school experience. The faculty approved some guiding principles that will govern this fall’s schedule, and we wanted to share them with you.  Please visit the FAQ's for the Fall 2021 semester.

    We will offer opportunities for some in-person classes. This assumes that in-person instruction will be permissible under public health guidelines. Classes held in-person will follow public health guidelines in place in the fall. As of Aug. 5, University of Detroit Mercy is reinstating mandatory mask usage indoors on all Detroit Mercy campuses, regardless of one’s vaccination status.

    We are working to ensure online offerings for students who chose that option. Some of those classes may be taught exclusively online, and some may be taught in a hybrid format where a group of students attend in person and other students simultaneously attend online. Due to the pandemic, the American Bar Association (ABA), which is the accrediting body for law schools, is allowing law schools to exceed the limitations for online instruction. As the pandemic recedes, we will transition back to a regular course of in-person instruction, with limits on online instruction that comply with ABA standards.

    We will keep you posted as details become available. As always, health and safety remain top priorities. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have followed state, local, and national guidelines to safeguard the health and safety of our community. We recognize the need to remain flexible during this historic time. We will continue to be vigilant as we monitor health and safety guidelines and work to ensure a safe return to campus.

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    Detroit Mercy Law COVID-19 Student Emergency Funding

    In response to the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law has created a COVID-19 Law Student Emergency Fund to provide emergency financial support to currently enrolled degree-seeking students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship.

    The COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund is made possible through the generous donations of Detroit Mercy Law faculty, staff, alumni, and donors including AccessLex Institute.


    Student Relief Award Criteria

    COVID-19 Emergency Funding is available for law students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to temporary hardship related to a COVID-19 unforeseen emergency situation. The maximum amount awarded will not exceed $500. We will make decisions regarding disbursement on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Some funds may be considered income and are therefore subject to federal taxes.

    Expenses Generally Covered

    Examples include (but are not limited to):

    • Emergency housing expenses caused by the recent loss of income due to COVID-19
    • Rent to prevent eviction
    • Emergency temporary lodging if you find yourself homeless or in an unsafe situation
    • Essential utilities (e.g. electric, gas, water)
    • Funds necessary to ensure access to academic needs related to switching to online learning (e.g. laptop, Internet)
    • Disability-related evaluation expenses for reasonable academic accommodations
    • Temporary food insecurity
    • Emergency medical treatment/medication/prescriptions when you do not have the ability to pay and the costs cannot be covered by insurance
    • Financial needs arising from an unexpected emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incidents
    • Emergency travel home for illness or bereavement in your immediate family
    • Emergency child care
    • Other financial needs arising from individual and special circumstances

     

    Expenses Generally Not Covered

    Examples include (but are not limited to):

    • Tuition and student fees
    • Health insurance
    • Continuous fixed expenses (e.g. rent, essential utilities)
    • Non-essential utilities (cable)
    • Costs of entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
    • Legal counsel and fees
    • Parking tickets
    • Expenses due to a lack of financial planning or overspending
    • Outstanding debt to the university or otherwise (i.e. credit cards, fees past due, etc.)

     

    Applying for Emergency Funding

    Currently enrolled students at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law must:

    1. Submit the COVID-19 Student Emergency Assistance Form .
    2. Let the Law Financial Aid team know that you have applied by emailing lawfinaid@udmercy.edu.

    Distribution of Emergency Funding

    The Law Student Emergency Fund team will make decisions on a rolling basis.  Disbursements will be made by direct deposit or check through the University Accounts Department. 

    The University encourages all students to sign up for Direct Deposit to allow for faster receipt of funds.

    Steps to sign up for Direct Deposit:

    • Log in to My Portal 
    • Select Personal Profile 
    • Choose Direct Deposit  
    • Click “Add New” on the right side of the page 
    • Input your bank information 
    • Click “Save New Deposit” 

    Update Home Address for Paper Checks:

    • Log in to your My Portal account
    • Select Student Profile
    • Personal Information
    • Update Addresses and Phone Numbers