Guide to Conduct Sanctioning

The philosophy of the Office of Student Conduct staff is a simple one: ensure that each individual student, through counseling and disciplinary intervention:

  • has pertinent information regarding future outcomes and consequences to make positive, informed choices around behavior and
  • has the opportunity to seek out those support services on campus to become positively re-invested in their community.

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A variety of sanctions may be implemented in order to help students be successful at Ferris. The majority of students found in violation of the Code of Student Community Standards will be assigned one Administrative Sanction and one Educational Sanction.  These may include the following:

Administrative Sanctions

Administrative Warning

An Administrative Warning is an official written warning informing a student he/she has been found in violation of the University policy and that he/she should understand that future violations could result in further sanctions. With an Administrative Warning, a student should have a clear understanding of the University’s expectations for his/her future behavior.

Disciplinary Probation Level I

Disciplinary Probation Level I is a period of observation and review. Probation is intended to convey to the student that his/her conduct is unacceptable by University standards. Disciplinary Probation Level I will result in the student being on Probation for the remainder of the semester up to an additional academic year. Probation may involve the loss of specified privileges.

Disciplinary Probation Level II

Disciplinary Probation Level II is the highest administrative sanction a student may be issued and still actively attend the University. Disciplinary Probation Level II will result in a minimum of one academic year on Probation up to the duration of the student’s academic career. Further violation of University policies at any point during the probationary period will be viewed not only as a violation based upon the act itself, but also as a violation of the Probation. This shall result in further action up to, and including, suspension or dismissal from the University.


A student may be prohibited from participating in all aspects of University life for a specified period of time, usually a semester or a full academic year. When a student is suspended from the University, the suspension applies to all campuses of the University and prohibits that student from entering the grounds of all University campuses. When the term of the suspension has ended, the student may apply for readmission. Should a student choose to reapply and be readmitted to the University, the student would be placed on Disciplinary Probation for the remainder of his/her academic career at Ferris.


A student may be prohibited from participating in all aspects of the University permanently. When a student is dismissed from the University, the dismissal applies to all campuses and prohibits that student from entering the grounds of all University campuses. Furthermore, the student may not petition the University for readmission.

Please Note : For those individuals who are either suspended or dismissed from Ferris, an AW (Administrative Withdrawal) will be placed on the student’s transcript prior to the deadline for withdrawal from classes published by the University. This means that no grades will be issued for that semester in which a student was suspended or dismissed. After the deadline for withdrawal an AW/F (Administrative Withdrawal/F Grade) will be assigned in the same manner as other students who withdraw after the deadline. That is, after the Withdrawal deadline, a suspended or dismissed student would receive a grade of F for the semester in which they were suspended or dismissed.

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Educational & Other Possible Sanctions

Educational Programs

Alcohol Education

AlcoholEdu is an alcohol education program that encourages students to consider their choices regarding alcohol use.  This exercise is typically issued for first time violations of the residence hall and University alcohol policy. The goal of this experience is to share with students the risks involved in the misuse of alcohol and assist students in gathering information to make more informed choices about their habits.  There is a $100 programming fee for the this on-line experience.  

B.A.S.I.C.S. Program

This program is for students who have run into recurrent and/or serious difficulty relating to alcohol and other drugs on or off campus.  The BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) program's goal is for students to learn a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.  All students are required to attend one (50 minute) individual appointment with a counselor and then four (50 minute) group sessions.  The small group format allows for discussion and facilitation by a trained professional.  There is a $200 programming fee for this class. 

Marijuana 101

Marijuana 101 is an on-line drug education course. This program discusses marijuana's effects on the brain, health issues, school and job performance, and the consequences and realities of using marijuana. This intervention course includes a self-assessment and acts as a first response for a marijuana violation. There is a $100 fee for this experience.

Primed for Life

This program is for students to learn a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.  The Primed for Life program is provided by the Ferris State University Counseling Center.  All students are required to attend one (50 minute) individual appointment with a counselor and then eight (50 minute) group sessions.  There is a $200 programming fee for this program. 

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Other Possible Sanctions

Parental Notification

A letter may be sent home to the parents or guardians of any student found in violation of an alcohol or drug violation. The intent of this letter is to ensure that the student, parent, and institution are able to work in partnership regarding individual student success. The parental notification letter informs the parent or guardian that a student’s relationship with the University is tenuous and may be severed if the student’s behavior is not altered.

Counseling/Individual Assessment

A student may be sanctioned to visit with Ferris State University's Counseling Center for an individual assessment and/or counseling.  Sometimes conduct issues arise because students are experiencing difficulty in their lives.  The Counseling Center can assist students in addressing these issues to help minimize the chances of future behavioral issues.  These situations are handled confidentially. 

Educational & Career Counseling Referral

A student may be in the disciplinary process as a result of academic and personal challenges. Through a discussion with his/her hearing officer, it may be determined that the student may benefit from participating in a two-part strategies program with an Educational Counselor.

Community Service

The student may have the opportunity to choose the type of service he/she would like to perform and have the opportunity to work with staff at the Volunteer Center to find service opportunities that are meaningful to them, or he/she may perform service through in-hall service.


Mediation is an opportunity to peacefully and appropriately resolve differences with another individual or individuals through the assistance of a trained, unbiased, third-party facilitator. A student or student organization(s) may be encouraged or required to attend mediation in lieu of formal adjudication or as a result of formal adjudication.


A student may be required to pay the costs for replacement or repair of any University property damaged by the student.

Housing Transfer

An on-campus student may be required to transfer to a different residence hall or apartment when there exists a need to ensure the safety or the security of a specific person(s) or location where it does not warrant expulsion from Housing.

Other Sanctions

The University may impose other sanctions singularly or in combination with any of the above.