Student Code of Conduct

Please note: These policies have been identified as pertaining specifically to online students and excerpted from the full student Policies and Code of Conduct. On-campus students and students interested in viewing the complete set of Detroit Mercy student policies should check the latest student handbook.

University of Detroit Mercy is an institution of higher learning that is committed to a value directed, Christian education within the Roman Catholic tradition. As a community of scholars dedicated to the transmission of knowledge, pursuit of truth and development of spiritual, moral and cultural values, the University strives to provide an environment in which the rights of inquiry, expression and communication coexist with the responsibilities each member has to the community. Respect for the rights and privileges of others, the development of high standards of personal integrity, self-discipline and control, and the exercise of wise ethical decisions are goals espoused for each person. Students enrolling in the University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the rights and responsibilities below.

For the purposes of the Student Code of Conduct, a student is defined as a person enrolled at the University of Detroit Mercy for undergraduate or graduate courses, (excluding Law and Dental), and is considered to be a student until such time as he/she graduates, withdraws, is dismissed or does not register for the next semester (excluding summer term).

Student Rights

As a participant in the processes of the University, i.e. learning, teaching, research, administration, and other University activities, each member of this academic community has the right to develop the capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for knowledge and truth. Students are entitled to appropriate due process protections as a part of the Student Code of Conduct.

Students have the right to be treated fairly and with dignity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or political affiliation.


The University of Detroit Mercy is committed to fostering ethical and moral values that are consistent with Jesuit and Mercy traditions. Among the core values of the university is the inherent dignity of every individual as well as the right of each person to hold and to express his or her viewpoint. When these views conflict, it is the obligation of members of the community to respect other perspectives. In keeping with these values, and the recognition of the cultural diversity of the university community, the University will not tolerate discriminatory or hate motivated conduct, behavior, or harassment based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or political affiliation with the intention to intimidate or injure an individual(s) physically, mentally, or emotionally.

Student Code Violations

For the welfare of the entire community acting in the interest of rights and responsibilities, all individuals in the community shall obey the enforcement of orders or directions given by a University official in the performance of his/her duties or the operation of his/her office. Members of the University community who interfere with the rights of others by failing to fulfill their responsibilities as stated above will be subject to disciplinary sanctions. Students are all expected to observe standards of conduct consistent with the pursuit of knowledge, truth, and spiritual development. The following list of unacceptable behaviors is intended to be illustrative in nature rather than all-inclusive.

  1. Dishonestly or knowingly furnishing false or incomplete information to the University with the intent to deceive.
  2. Making, possessing, or using any falsified University document or record; altering any University document or record, including identification cards and parking permits.
  3. Knowingly making false accusations against a member of the University community.
  4. Unsanctioned possession or use of University equipment, materials or keys or the unauthorized entry, exit, occupancy of, or use of any University room or building facility.
  5. Illegal possession, consumption, distribution or furnishing of alcohol or other drugs on University property; or the hosting of an event in which any of these occur.
  6. Disorderly conduct including:
    1. Obstruction or interfering with the reprimand, discipline, or apprehension of another person involved in the commission of an offense under the conduct code or any other University policy or regulation.
    2. Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, student conduct procedure, public service functions or other University authorized activities.
  7. Lewd or offensive and improper behavior.
  8. Possessing, using, or storing firearms, explosives or weapons on University controlled property or at University events or programs.
  9. Disregard for the safety of others.
  10. Stealing, vandalizing, damaging, destroying, or defacing University property or the property of others.
  11. Behavior or language that threatens or endangers the health, safety, or well-being of any person or group.
  12. Violation of a contractual obligation or publicized administrative policies.
  13. Sexual Misconduct – the unauthorized form of any sexual contact with another person without the consent of that person.
  14. Sexually harassing another person (
  15. Exchange of money or services involving betting or gambling.
  16. Acts of retaliation – Words, action, or written communication that implies or states another individual of the university community will be harmed or harassed for serving as a witness or victim or testifying in a conduct violation case.


The following shall be regarded as acts of non-compliance:

  1. Failure to comply with the direction of an individual identified as an authorized University official or other official acting in the performance of his/her duties.
  2. Complicity-Presence during any violation of University policies in such a way as to condone, support, or encourage that violation. Students who anticipate or observe a violation of University policy are expected to remove themselves from participation and are encouraged to report the violation.

Hate Free Policy

Members of the University of Detroit Mercy community affected by hate-motivated offenses are strongly encouraged to report these incidents. Such incidents can be reported to a variety of offices on campus including: the Dean of Students Office, Office of Residence Life, and the Department of Public Safety. Reporting discriminatory or hate-motivated incidents does not in itself constitute a formal complaint nor compel one to file a formal complaint of misconduct. However, it does allow those affected by such violations to have a support system and an avenue for recourse. Students proven responsible for hate-motivated violations are subject to a range of disciplinary sanctions up to and including disciplinary expulsion from the University of Detroit Mercy. The Dean of Students may impose harsher sanctions when behavior is proven to be motivated by hate. As in all cases of misconduct, including hate-motivated offenses, both the accused student and the complainant have rights that are granted through the university conduct process. These rights are contained in their entirety in the University of Detroit Mercy Student Handbook. In addition, students who have experienced discriminatory or hate-motivated conduct, behavior, or harassment may also seek additional redress under the Student Non-Code of Conduct Violations Grievance Procedure.