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Detroit Mercy Coronavirus-related news

PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:27 pm
by Rogobob77
Not basketball related, but I thought a significant enough story to post on the most visited section of this message board:

Dear Detroit Mercy Community:

As you are probably aware, Michigan health officials have confirmed that two people in Michigan, one from Oakland County and one from Wayne County, have tested positive for COVID-19.

Because of the evolving nature surrounding the COVID-19 virus and to keep students, faculty, staff and friends healthy and safe, the University has decided to transition the delivery of course instruction to online classes. This proactive effort will hopefully help to contain the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of all of our campuses.

The following decisions have been made by the University’s COVID-19 Response Team.

All classes on the McNichols Campus have been suspended through Tuesday, March 17 (on-campus, face-to-face and online courses). This period will be used by faculty to transition course material to the University’s online teaching platform.

Since the School of Dentistry and School of Law have unique student instruction situations, the deans of these schools will communicate further instructions to their faculty, staff and students based on the guidance of their accrediting agencies.

Offsite courses will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

To assist faculty in transitioning to online instruction, the Instructional Design Studio will offer sessions on how to convert courses to the online format. The session schedule will be shared as soon as it is available.

Campus housing remains open, but students who do not need to be on campus will be strongly encouraged to return to their permanent place of residence, if possible. For those unable to go home to an off-campus location, we will continue to fully support students in our campus housing and dining facilities.

Campus Dining will maintain their normal hours. Safe dining practices, including social distancing, are recommended. Campus Dining will encourage students to opt for to-go/takeout options and are making the necessary preparations to accommodate this shift.

The campus will remain open. All staff and administrators must report to work based on their normal work schedule. Human Resources will be providing further guidelines on other necessary policy adjustments. Employees who are ill, especially if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, are instructed to stay home.

All events with 100 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 100 people are also discouraged. Communications regarding the upcoming commencement ceremonies will be forthcoming.

Effective today, all university-sponsored domestic and international air travel is prohibited.

Please continue to follow updates and developments posted on 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.

Please also continue to practice the recommended personal precautions to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. This is an evolving situation and we appreciate your patience.

Re: Detroit Mercy going all online in response to Coronaviru

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 7:59 am
by JDetroitTitan
Michael Osterholm who did research on the virus in china talk about it in this recorded podcast. There is also a link on it to take you to the full version that's and 1.5 hr but the one I have up here is the shorten version of about 15 min

Re: Detroit Mercy going all online in response to Coronaviru

PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:02 am
by Tacitus651
Coach Davis will do all of his recruiting online via YouTube due to coronavirus.

Re: Detroit Mercy going all online in response to Coronaviru

PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:14 pm
by Rogobob77
From the University:

As a result of the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 guideline that gatherings of more than 50 people should not be held over the next eight weeks, the President’s Council has decided to postpone the May 8 and 9 McNichols Campus, School of Law and School of Dentistry 2020 Commencement Ceremonies.

“We know this is very disappointing news to our Class of 2020, but the safety of our students, their families and our staff takes precedence in this situation,” Detroit Mercy President Dr. Antoine Garibaldi said in a statement sent to the University community.

Over the next several months, Detroit Mercy will evaluate the possibility of rescheduling the ceremonies to a later date or having an appropriate celebration to honor the graduates.

After students complete their degree requirements, their degrees will be conferred and diplomas and transcripts will be available. More information will be coming from the Registrar’s Office.

For the most current information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit

Re: Detroit Mercy going all online in response to Coronaviru

PostPosted: Fri Apr 03, 2020 5:41 pm
by Rogobob77
I received the following in an update sent to alumni covering several Coronavirus related matters:

President’s Update: Building Our Future

Dear Detroit Mercy Community,

University of Detroit Mercy is committed to keeping you informed during this unprecedented time in our University’s and the world’s history. This new, weekly electronic publication was developed to keep you up-to-date on changes regarding the coronavirus and Detroit Mercy’s response to ensure the health and safety of our faculty, staff, students and community. Many of our Detroit Mercy alumni, colleagues and students are working on the front lines of this pandemic to assist those who have been affected by this disease. Thus, it is also our intention to highlight the numerous ways that graduates and members of our University community are supporting individuals and families whose lives have been changed because of the virus.

Student grading

To provide the most supportive academic environment possible during this unusual time, the University is extending the deadlines to withdraw from a full-semester course or to take an undergraduate full-semester course on a Pass/Fail basis. Both deadlines are now April 17. This decision was made in the best interest of our students, based on feedback from students and faculty about how to support students in making an informed decision based on their academic status. In addition to Core Curriculum classes, classes in academic minors, and elective classes, classes in some majors will now be eligible to be taken on a Pass/Fail basis. Please check with your advisor. For more, visit ... s-fail.php

Finding comfort online

The Detroit Jesuits have created a social media-based platform to provide comfort and inspiration. With different content every day and live streamed Mass on Sundays, it’s a welcome place for people of all faiths. For more, visit Our alumni blog, Forever Titans, also provides tips on living well in close quarters, self-care and more. You can read those stories at

Titans helping Titans

Because of the closing of businesses and employees working from remote locations to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, many students have lost their sources of income to pay living and school expenses. The University has created the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund to help students fund transportation back home, find other living arrangements or arrange for technology to take their classes online. Please consider a gift to this fund and help make an immediate impact on the lives of our students. Click here:

Students, alumni, make a difference

Snapshots of a Pandemic is a series of stories collected by our Marketing & Communications Department. These stories are inspiring, informative and affect our Titan family. They are available at ... ndemic.php and updated regularly. If you have a story to share, please send an email to

What to do if you suspect you have COVID-19

Members of the Detroit Mercy community who have suspected, presumptive or positive test results for COVID-19 will be quarantined at home or in their residence hall 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 employees or students 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.

Finally, because we cannot be physically present with each other every day, please take a few minutes to communicate with one another by phone, email or other through social media. Sending a simple greeting will not only uplift others’ spirits, but it will also remind us that we are still members of a very special Detroit Mercy Community.

May God continue to bless you and your families,

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.

Re: Detroit Mercy Coronavirus-related news

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2020 4:24 pm
by 1975SHjoe
Does anyone know if the mens BB players are on campus or have they all gone home? Would Hoffman return to Belgium??

Re: Detroit Mercy Coronavirus-related news

PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:32 am
by Rogobob77
1975SHjoe wrote:Does anyone know if the mens BB players are on campus or have they all gone home? Would Hoffman return to Belgium??

Not sure specific to MBB players. I do know that many international students were not able to return to their home country and are being allowed to remain in the dorms. I was also told a few weeks ago that the cafeteria was still available to these students. Most of the campus buildings and offices are closed, but faculty and staff can make arrangements with Public Safety if they need short-term access to their work space.

Re: Detroit Mercy Coronavirus-related news

PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:34 am
by Rogobob77
Student athletes on the front lines battling Covid-19: ... id-19.aspx

Re: Detroit Mercy Coronavirus-related news

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2020 3:49 pm
by Rogobob77
Detroit Mercy announces that all three of its campuses will remain fully in session throughout the 2020-21 academic year.

The University’s main priority is the health and well-being of the University community. Throughout a coordinated planning process, the institution’s decisions, policies and procedures will follow guidance and recommendations issued by public health and medical experts and in compliance with local, state and federal regulations.

For the fall term on the McNichols Campus, the University will adopt a flexible hybrid learning environment for courses with face-to-face instruction. This model, which combines in-person and virtual learning, offers several key advantages. Most importantly, it will ensure continuous high-quality, student-centered instruction if students cannot be physically present in class due to illness, self-isolation, immigration delays or other factors. In addition, this model affords instructors the flexibility to maintain social distancing within classroom environments by, for example, dividing a class into smaller groups for face-to-face meetings concurrently with on-demand virtual instruction. Finally, a flexible hybrid model will ensure that high-quality instruction can continue with minimal disruption if there is a resurgence of the virus and the need to shift to a virtual learning environment.

The University has also adjusted the McNichols campus fall academic calendar to allow students to return home before the forecasted increase in flu and COVID-19 activity in December. Fall semester classes for undergraduate programs and the majority of graduate programs will begin Aug. 24. The traditional fall break is cancelled and classes will be held on those days. Courses will then transition to virtual instruction after the Thanksgiving break and to allow students to complete the final week of fall coursework and final exams at home. The semester will conclude on Dec. 12.

The School of Dentistry and School of Law will also remain in full session this fall. Both campuses are currently evaluating the educational delivery models each will use. Additional information about these instructional methods will be available in the near future.

“As we plan for the fall 2020 semester, we remain focused on our mission of providing excellent undergraduate and graduate education that fosters the intellectual, spiritual, emotional and ethical development of our students,” said Antoine M. Garibaldi, president of the University. “This model will allow Detroit Mercy to continue providing transformative, student-centered education in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions. Because of our size and institutional mission, we believe we are uniquely able to address this situation and the individual needs of our students with flexibility, empathy and adaptability,” he added.

During the summer term, all courses are available online. Summer Session II begins June 22 and concludes on Aug. 6. Students can still apply for summer financial aid and the majority of students who enroll in summer coursework will receive an additional $500 Detroit Mercy CARES Act grant. For more about this grant, please visit the website.

The University plans to release comprehensive details about how fall courses will be taught by late June.

For more information and updates, please visit the COVID-19 webpage.