COVID-19 Information for Faculty and Staff

Feb 23, 2021: The University will continue to observe the recommendations from MDHHS that extend working remotely through March 29, 2021. Again, this extension will apply to many positions that allow colleagues to work from home but will not apply to all positions. After this date, the University will take into account the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the various department resources of the state of Michigan, for moving forward. 

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COVID-19 Testing/Exposure

EMPLOYEES: Employees who show symptoms of, or test positive for, COVID-19 or are worried about a possible exposure, should call Human Resources immediately at 313-993-1036. HR will direct the employee to testing if necessary and initiate contact tracing to alert individuals on campus with whom they have been in contact.

See Campus Guide for more info on testing

Reporting COVID-related concerns

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

When we return

Front Gate at McNichols Entrance


Do not come to campus if you have a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher.

Save time at the gate by pre-answering the screening questions focused on symptoms. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation or denial email. Along with your double-layered face-covering, this dated email must be shown to the officer at the entrance of campus.


Prepare yourself

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  • Familiarize yourself with new campus safety guidelines.
  • Staff and administrators: Discuss scheduling and other work arrangements with your supervisor.
  • Faculty members: Request a face shield from your dean's office.
  • Decide the best way for you to document your daily activity and contacts in case you or someone you have been near becomes COVID-19 positive.
  • Review your area's plan if a colleague is diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Remain patient with and supportive of your colleagues as we move through this together.

Our facilities are ready

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  • Custodial Services is performing daily, high-level sanitizing and disinfecting, focusing on high-touch surfaces.
  • The University has installed plexiglass, sanitizing stations, directional signs, new room capacities, and guides to keep everyone safe.
  • Water fountains are turned off. Be prepared to bring water, purchase from the bookstore or vending machine or use the bottle fillers on campus.
  • The University has increased the amount of external air coming through the HVAC system on campus.

Normals on campus

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A double-layer mask will be required in all buildings as a minimum face-covering, per CDC recommendation. Show your face-covering at the entrance gate. The blue mask with white trim distributed to the university community is a double-layer mask. If you do not have a double-layer mask, you will be provided one upon campus entry by Public Safety. 

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Keep 6 feet of distance between you and anyone around you.

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Wash your hands with warm soapy water regularly.

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Wipe down classroom and work spaces before and after use. Disinfecting wipes are available in shared spaces, with instructions on how to refill.

Questions related to:

  • Compliance & PPE- Public Safety 313-993-1234
  • Health & Wellness- Wellness Center 313-993-1185
  • Building Concerns & Readiness- Facility Operations 313-993-1240      
  • Cleaning & Disinfecting- Aramark 313-993-1010

Employee Resources

Campus Guide

As the University community continues to return to campus, the Facilities, Safety and Health Work Group of the COVID-19 Task Force has developed a  On Campus Guide to assist colleges and department leaders in considering guidelines to ensure a safe working environment.


Please review the travel guidelines in the Titans Together On Campus Guide. It will be updated as regulations change.

HR and Payroll

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

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 under "Employee Quicklinks." Employees who are ill, especially if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are instructed to stay home.

Faculty Resources

Instruction for Online Class Delivery

The Instructional Design Studio (IDS) is available to assist any Detroit Mercy faculty who would like assistance providing their students with online instruction. This assistance can be provided face-to-face or online. For more information, contact IDS at or 313-578-0580.  If you have specific questions you may contact:


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.