COVID-19 Updates

Detroit Mercy Law continues to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation. Learn more about the University's vaccine requirements. View the Titans Together Campus Safety Guide.

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 for current students, faculty and staff, and invited visitors.

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

Kurt J. Godfryd
Associate Dean, Finance and Operations
godfrykj@udmercy.edu
313-596-0207
Room 204

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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.

Masking
Please see our updated masking policy.

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    Riverfront Campus and Library Hours

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    Safe Practices

    DETROIT MERCY VACCINATION REQUIREMENT
    All students, faculty and staff are required to be fully vaccinated with a primary vaccine or have received an approved exemption. Those attending classes in the Fall 2022 academic year will need to provide proof of full vaccination or apply for and receive an approved exemption, must do so by August 12, 2022. Full vaccination means that two weeks have passed since the final dose of your primary vaccine. Exemptions will be made for medical, faith-based/personal belief, online only, or deferral for additional time. Boosters are not required; however, strongly encouraged by the CDC and public health officials.

    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

    Please see our updated masking policy.

    CLEANING AND SANITATION
    Cleaning and regular sanitizing efforts will remain in place.

    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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    Masking

    Beginning in the Fall 2022 academic year, Detroit Mercy Law will require masks based on Wayne County’s Community Risk Level as determined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When the CDC indicates Wayne County’s level is high, masks will be required in all teaching, studying and work spaces, including library and the clinic building.

    When the risk level is medium or low, masks are recommended, but not required. Faculty members may require masks for their classes, either for the entire term, or at their discretion. Staff may require masks in their offices. Please be respectful of others in our community and prepared for in-person activities by having a high-quality face mask available for use. If someone asks you to wear a mask during a personal encounter or in a meeting, please put one on.

    For the most up-to-date information on masking visit the On Campus Guide.

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

    For the most up-to-date information, please visit the University's Covid-19 Protocols.

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    Wellness & Well-being

    The safety, health and well-being of the Detroit Mercy Law family is a top priority for the University. Use the link to find answers and contact information for these issues.

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    Other Questions?

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Kurt J. Godfryd
    Associate Dean, Finance and Operations
    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 McDonald Henning

    Contact Dean Humphrey 

    Contact Faculty 

    Contact Administration

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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