Non-Discrimination Policies

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 UDM student policies should check the latest student handbook.

Title IX Policy Notification Statement

University of Detroit Mercy does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its admissions policies, educational programs, activities and employment policies as required by Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs. Students who have Title IX grievances should contact the EEOC officer at (313) 993-1036.

ADA and Section 504 Grievance Procedure

Introduction

An important part of the University’s mission to provide excellent student-centered undergraduate and graduate education is to work to create an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of the educational environment. Because of our belief in the dignity of each person, and through compliance with applicable state and federal laws including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, we strive to promote students’ independence and to ensure recognition of their abilities.

Students with disabilities who are seeking accommodations are responsible for contacting the UAS/Disability Support Services Office to register for services, and to request accommodations each semester. Every effort is made to ensure equal access to programs and activities, both academic and extra-curricular. However, any student who believes that he or she has been denied appropriate accommodations in accordance with the ADA and Section 504 may choose to engage in the grievance procedure outlined below.

Informal Procedure

  • Step I: Problems may occur because of misunderstanding, misinterpretation or error. When this occurs, the student should seek a solution by talking with the person whose action is the basis for the alleged problem. This conference should take place within two weeks of the action. Maximum effort should be made to resolve the disagreement at this level.
  • Step II: If this activity does not solve the problem, the student should approach the Director of UAS/Disability Support Services to ask for an informal review of the problem. If this individual is involved in the original dispute, the student should consult the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Director will consult with the people involved in the dispute to obtain relevant information. It is recommended that the student asking for review of a problem prepare a written statement describing the situation. Any other individuals involved may also prepare written statements. The person reviewing the case is entitled to require a written statement before suggesting a solution. Any party to a dispute may request the assistance of the administrator responsible for the general area in which the problem occurred if that person is not already involved. The student should receive a response within two weeks of the request for a review.

Formal Procedure

If the informal procedure does not solve the problem to the student’s satisfaction, the student may submit formal written appeal to the Director of UAS/Disability Support Services for review by the ADA Grievance Committee. This appeal must be submitted within thirty (30) calendar days of the claim of failure to provide academic or other accommodations, or auxiliary aids. The complaint must outline the original problem, the steps taken to resolve the problem and the reasons for the student’s dissatisfaction with the decisions previously made. Although the Committee does not have to grant a formal hearing in every case, the student has a right to have previous decisions in the informal process reviewed by the Committee.

Upon receipt of a student grievance appeal, the Committee Chairperson will request that each person previously involved submit a written account within two weeks of the appeal. The Committee Chairperson will review this written record and recommend to the Committee whether or not the student should receive a formal hearing. The Committee then accepts or rejects the Chairperson’s recommendation.

The Committee will communicate in writing to all involved parties its reasons for granting or denying a hearing. If the Committee grants a hearing, it will request the involvement of all initial parties in the dispute. The burden of having reasonable proof rests with the person bringing the complaint. In the event of a formal hearing, the proceedings will be recorded.

If a formal procedure does not resolve the problem to the satisfaction of the student, a final written appeal may be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, for complaints regarding academic accommodations, or to the Dean of Students or their designee, for complaints regarding other nonacademic accommodations. These decisions are considered final.

Students who continue to feel that there has been violation of their rights under the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or 1973 may exercise their right to file a complaint with the responsible state or federal agency.

ADA Grievance Committee

The ADA Grievance Committee is composed of the ADA/Section 504 Officer, and two faculty members, two administrators, and one student selected from the membership of the ADA Advisory Board. The membership of the Committee will be such as to ensure a fair and impartial hearing. Committee members with a conflict of interest in a case shall immediately disqualify themselves from the Committee deliberation and action on that case. Either party may raise the question of conflict of interest.

Business and Solicitation Policy

Solicitation for business, i.e., appealing for donations, selling goods or services, or soliciting donations to members of the University community on University property, is prohibited except when specifically authorized by the University designate or President’s Office in connection with an approved activity. Solicitation of University students and employees for activities unrelated to University approved or sponsored curricular and co-curricular programs is prohibited. In connection with University approved programs and with the specific permission of Student Affairs officials, individuals, groups or associations may sell items in specific areas of the University as designated.

Confidentiality

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law which states that an educational institution must establish a written institutional policy concerning the confidentiality of student education records and that students must be notified of this statement of policy and their rights under the legislation. In accordance with the Act, students at the University of Detroit Mercy have the following rights:

  • The right to inspect and review education records covered by the Act.
  • The right to challenge (seek correction of) the contents of these records.
  • The right to a formal hearing, if necessary, for a fair consideration of such a challenge.
  • The right to place an explanatory note in the record in the event that a challenge of contents is unsuccessful.
  • The right to control, with certain exceptions, the disclosure of the contents of the records.
  • The right to be informed of the existence and availability of the constitutional policy covering FERPA rights.
  • The right to report violations of FERPA legislation to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The substance of this act, which includes the location of educational records, procedure for inspection and review, access limitation and challenge procedure is available in the offices of the Registrar and the Dean of Students.

Disclosure of Public Information Statement

The following has been determined by University of Detroit Mercy to be public information: student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, class level, expected date of graduation, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous educational agency or institution attended, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams. Public information may be released on request unless a student specifically appeals, in writing, that it be withheld. This request must be submitted annually to the Registrar within one week of the first day of classes of each academic year. Requests made for either personal or profitmaking purposes will not be honored.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Please refer to the Human Resources website for the Sexual Harassment Policy.