COVID-19 Information for Current Students

Fall 2020

Fall instructional choices for students

June 26-August 31 – Open Registration including all new Fall 2020 students after they have been advised.

Please check for modifications to your fall schedule on the Self-Service-Student/Student Profile Page at In most cases, students are now registered for hybrid or online sections of the same courses for which they initially registered.  You should review your schedule to see how and when your classes will be taught. You will have the opportunity to make changes to your schedule through August 31. Classes begin on August 24.

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    What are instructional method and synchronous course times in the class schedule?

    In reviewing the schedule of classes, students and advisors should make note of instructional method and synchronous course times.

    Instructional method 

    Instructional method refers to the percentage of online content in a course. This information can be found by clicking on the course title in the Schedule of Classes. This brings up a text box with specific class details, including instructional method. Please note that for all 15-week courses and any other classes not scheduled to end until after Thanksgiving will transition online after Thanksgiving for student and faculty safety  This means that most classes will have some percentage of online instruction for Fall 2020.

    You may have been notified that a class you were registered for moved from a classroom to online.  This could have occurred for the whole semester or just the days/times your class would not be using a after Thanksgiving break or for the final exam. 

    Specific classroom assignments have not been made yet in most cases and will occur over the next several weeks as we work with the colleges/schools and Facilities Management on needed classroom space while honoring all of the required federal and state guidelines including social distancing which will limit the number permitted in every classroom

    Instructional Methods:

    • TRAD - 100% Face-to Face  (This will be an exception in special cases)
    • ONL1 -  100% Online (either synchronous or asynchronous)
    • ONL2 -  75-99% Online
    • HYB1 -  50% Face-to-face/50% Online
    • HYB2 -  51-74% Online
    • HYB3 -  Less than 50% Online

    Synchronous course times

    Synchronous class sessions for both face-to-face and online instruction are noted under “Meeting Times” on the schedule of classes. Students should plan on being available for synchronous class sessions, whether they will meet in-person or through a web conferencing platform like Blackboard Collaborate. If a course is 100% asynchronous it will not have an assigned meeting time; instead, students will engage with course material within a broader window of time, e.g. one week.

    If you have questions about your schedule, contact your academic advisor and/or the instructor of the course.

Financial Aid

If you have been financially impacted by COVID19, please reach out to the Financial Aid office using the Special Conditions form for the upcoming 20/21 academic year for a possible review of your current financial aid package.

Online Classes

Remote Access

Students will also receive remote access to

  • academic support services,
  • university ministry,
  • personal counseling
  • and library services.

The University has developed plans and procedures to ensure everyone’s health and safety, particularly those who may be at higher risk for contracting the virus or must shelter-in-place.

International Students on McNichols Campus

International students studying at Detroit Mercy campuses on an F-1 visa are strongly advised to speak with the International Services Office in Reno Hall. Please call 313-993-1205 to discuss any future travel plans. You may also email Lily Swan, director of International Services, at with questions.

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June 11: Current students received a communication from the Office of the Registrar that provides information on ways you can engage in learning activities this fall. Based on our flexible hybrid model, instruction will take place in person, via hybrid or through synchronous and asynchronous online formats. These options will vary within each subject area and will afford instructors and students the flexibility to maintain social distancing within classrooms and provide online instruction for those who are not able to attend class in person.

Summer 2020: All courses for Summer 2020 will be delivered online. See Class Schedules.

Commencement: Postponement of the May 8 and 9 McNichols Campus, School of Law and School of Dentistry 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. Letter from the President on the Commencement web page.

April 20, 2020: Bookstore rental return date extended.

April 16, 2020CARES Act grant and other assistance help students maintain progress during pandemic

April 8, 2020: Message for iDRAW students.

April, 2020Request Pass / Fail Due to COVID-19 Winter Semester 2020

March 26, 2020: Changes for dining procedures