Dealing with Intolerance
At Ferris State University, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to express
their opinions—including ideas that are controversial and unpopular. The freedom of
expression and open exchange of ideas is a vital part of University life; however,
the University will not tolerate behaviors that threaten the well-being of its members.
In the state of Michigan, ethnic intimidation is a felony punishable by imprisonment
for not more than 2 years, or by a fine of not more than $5, 000.00, or both.
- Please read the following:
The Michigan Penal Code (Excerpt): Act 328 of 1931, Sec. 147b.
If you believe you are the victim of ethnic intimidation please contact the Ferris
State University Department of Public Safety at one of these numbers: Non-Emergency
(231) 591-5000 or Campus Crime Hotline (231) 591-5900—if an emergency exists, dial
Not all bias-incidents fit the definition of ethnic intimidation. The University opposes
any actions that harass, discriminate, or otherwise create a hostile environment for
students, faculty, and staff. If you are an employee and you believe that you have
been the victim of a bias-incident, including discrimination, please report the incident
to Human Resources Development (231) 591-2150, or Employee/Labor Relations/Affirmative
Action (231) 591-2152.