Individual Misconduct On or Off University Property

On-Campus Misconduct

The University may discipline a student for the following acts of reported individual misconduct which occur on University property or at a University-sponsored function.

Of-Campus Misconduct

Additionally, the University may discipline a student for the following acts of reported personal misconduct that are not committed on University property or acts that arise from University activities that are being conducted off the University campus or if the misconduct

a) Undermines the security of the University community,

b) Adversely affects the Ferris State University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives, or

c) compromises the integrity of the educational process. Such acts include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Acting as an Accessory

    Acting as an accessory to any unlawful act or the violation of any University policy. Threatening or attempting to engage in any unlawful act or violation of any University policy or being present when a violation of policy occurs.

  2. Advertising/Solicitation
    1. Any posting of advertising materials must be done by authorized University staff only. For any posting of advertising materials within Ferris’ Housing facilities approval must be given by the Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services, with the final approval authority resting with the Housing Services Office. See the Office of Student Leadership and Activities for posting policy procedures.  The stuffing of mailboxes is not permitted.
    2. Solicitation is not permitted in University buildings and/or grounds, excluding any approved University sponsored charity fundraiser programs. University Housing reserves the right to individually approve or deny activities. University Housing may not be used for business purposes.
  3. Actions That Endanger

    Actions that endanger the student, the University community, or the academic process. These actions include, but are not limited to the following:

    1. Attempts to cause fear or alarm: Behavior that causes fear or alarm.
    2. Direct threat of harm to self/others: Verbal or physical behavior that represents a direct threat of harm to self or others.
    3. Creating a condition that endangers: Engaging in behavior that creates a condition that endangers self or others.

  4. Computer and Information System Misuse

    Unauthorized and/or inappropriate use of computers is prohibited. Such use includes, but is not limited to: damaging or altering records or programs, furnishing false information or invading the privacy of another user by using files, programs, or data without permission, engaging in disruptive and annoying behavior, or engaging in any unauthorized use of or access to computer hardware, software, accounts, or passwords.  Additionally, any and all actions in violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act are prohibited.

  5. Damage To or Destruction Of Property

    Damage to, destruction, or misuse of property belonging to the University or others.

  6. Dishonest Conduct
    1. False Accusation: Knowingly presenting a false accusation of misconduct toward another student or individual.
    2. Misrepresentation: Intentionally misrepresenting the truth to a university official including providing false information or statements.
    3. Forgery: Producing, using or possessing any falsified university or official document, identification, or form of monetary payment.
    4. Altered Parking Pass: Producing, using or possessing any falsified pass used to obtain parking privileges at Ferris State University.
    5. Altered Identification: Producing, using or possessing any falsified document for the purpose of gaining entry or access, or undue benefits.
    6. Alteration, or misuse of any University document, record: Abuse of the disciplinary system; and giving to a University official information known to be false.

  7. Disorderly Conduct

    Behavior that unreasonably disturbs the peace of the university or local community. Behavior that interferes with teaching, research, administration, or other University or University-authorized activity or that disrupts the University environment either during an event or incident or as a result of an event or incident. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

    1. Simple Mutual fights without injury: Mutual physical behavior that does not include injury.
    2. Excessive Noise: Personally creating excessive noise or creating a condition that produces excessive noise.
    3. Urinating in Public: Urinating in a public place, such as on private property or on a public building.
    4. Throwing Objects: Throwing objects with the potential for disruption or danger.
  8. Disruption of Operations (Disruptive Behavior)

    Behavior that obstructs or disrupts the normal operations of the university and/or academic process or infringes on the rights of others to freely participate in its programs or services. This includes instances of classroom disruption that go beyond mere verbalization of dissent.

  9. Failure to Comply

    1. Failure to comply with the directions of authorized University officials in the performance of their duties
    2. Failure to identify oneself when requested to do so
    3. Failure to comply with reasonable requests of other students
    4. Failure to comply with the terms of the disciplinary sanction
  10. Game Processing (Hunting)

    Students are not permitted to process (butcher/clean/hang) game (deer, rabbits, fish, etc.) or hides anywhere in or near the residence halls, University apartments/suites, or elsewhere on campus.

  11. Guests

    Students are responsible for the actions of their guests and are responsible for ensuring their guests adhere to all University policies.

  12. Harassment

    Behavior that creates a hostile or intimidating environment in which verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity or persistence, is likely to significantly interfere with an individual’s work or education, feelings of personal safety, or adversely affect a person’s living conditions.

    This includes allegations of*:

    • Domestic Violence – Violence committed by the victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, or a person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.
    • Dating Violence – Violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.
    • Stalking – A course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others’ safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

      Please refer to the Ferris State University Employee and Student Dignity policy for more information:

      Please Note: Sexual Harassment may also fall under Section III:B:22 Sexual Misconduct

      *As defined under the VAWA SaVE act, as parsed by the American Council on Education 2014 guidance

  13. Hazing

    Hazing is defined as any conduct which subjects another person (whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically) to anything that may endanger, abuse, degrade, or intimidate the person due to an affiliation with a group or organization, regardless of the person’s consent.

  14. Initiating or Circulating a Report

    Initiating or circulating a report or warning concerning an impending bombing, fire, or other emergency or catastrophe, knowing that the report is false; making a false report or threat concerning a fire or that a bomb or other explosive has been or may be  placed in any University building or elsewhere on University property; or transmitting such a report to an official agency, students, or others.

  15. Intoxication/Excessive Consumption of Alcohol

    Intoxication is defined as being under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, regardless of age, where such behavior causes a disturbance or other concern to the University.

  16. Lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct

    Behavior that can reasonably be deemed as lewd, indecent or obscene is not permitted on or off-campus.

  17. Unauthorized Parking

    Parking on driveways, roadways, sidewalks, lawns and within yellow zones, posted or not, is prohibited. All motor vehicles shall park only in the lot(s) assigned by the parking permit the vehicle was issued by the Department of Public Safety. Any violation of the University Parking Policy and Procedures may result in a ticket issued by the Department of Public Safety and/or disciplinary action.

  18. Personal Identification and Key Security
    1. Failure to Provide ID on Request: Ferris students are required to carry their student ID at all times.  All students (and their guests) are required to provide identification upon request of a University official, including student staff members. 
    2. Duplicate or Disseminate Student ID: Additionally a student may not duplicate and/or disseminate his/her student ID or University housing key.  It is expected that students will take proper precautions to ensure the safety of their student ID, University housing key, and residence hall room, suite or apartment.
    3. Another's ID or Key: A student may not use or possess another student’s ID or key.

  19. Physical Harm/Abuse of any Person, Including the Following:
    1. Physical Behavior or Violence: Physical behavior directed toward another person(s) that endangers the health or safety of another person
    2. Behavior Restricts Freedom: The use of physical force or violence to restrict the freedom of action or movement of another person
    3. Direct Threat: Physical behavior that involves an expressed or implied threat to interfere with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in University sponsored extracurricular activities and causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur
    4. Causes Fear: Physical behavior that has the purpose or reasonably foreseeable effect of interfering with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment, or participation in University sponsored extracurricular activities and causes the person to have a reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur.
  20. Possession of Firearms, Explosives or Other Weapons

    A weapon, for the purpose of policy, is defined as: (1) a loaded or unloaded firearm, whether operable or inoperable, (2) A knife, stabbing instrument, brass knuckles, blackjack, club, or other object specifically designed or customarily carried or possessed for use as a weapon, (3) an object that is likely to cause death or bodily injury when used as a weapon and that is used as a weapon or carried or possessed for use as a weapon, or (4) an object or device that is used or fashioned in a manner to lead a person to believe the object or devices is a firearm or an object which is likely to cause death or bodily injury.

    1. No individual may possess a weapon, except as provided by the Ferris State University business policy on weapons, including individuals who hold a concealed weapon permit.
    2. No individual may possess an explosive device, or materials used on the construction of an explosive device.
    3. No individual may possess chemical or other dangerous substances or compounds.
    4. No individual may possess any item that could reasonably be viewed as or mistaken for a weapon, such as airsoft guns.

    Answers to questions or issues related to firearms or other weapons may be located in the University’s Campus Violence and Weapons Prohibition policy, which you will find at

  21. Release of Access Codes

    Release of access codes for University computer and duplicating systems and other University equipment to unauthorized persons; use of an access code for a purpose other than that for which the code was originally authorized and/or intended.

  22. Rioting

    Rioting is defined as acting with violence and/or aiding, encouraging, and/or participating in a riot.

  23. Sexual Misconduct/Harassment/Assault

    Ferris State University does not tolerate sexual assault in any form, including instances of acquaintance or date rape. Sexual assault is a violation of the dignity and respect policies of Ferris State University, as well as other policies, local, state and federal law. The university will strongly pursue disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University. Additionally, the university will never employ mediation as a means of resolution for sexual assault complaints.

    Effective Consent*:

    Effective consent must be achieved for EACH act of sexual contact between two adults. Consent is (1) Informed; (2) Freely and actively given; (3) Mutually understandable words or actions and (4) Indicating an agreement to engage in mutually agreed upon (sexual) activity.

    Points to remember:

    • Every individual has the right to NOT be acted upon by someone else in a sexual manner unless clear permission is given.
    • Consent to one form of sexual activity never can imply consent to other forms of sexual activity.
    • Consent may be given verbally or nonverbally, but must be clear and free of coercion. No means no, but silence ALSO means No!
    • Effective consent completely rules out the need for the victim to show resistance to indicate non-consent. There is no duty of the alleged victim to fight off or stop the sexual aggressor.
    • Consent is invalid if achieved through force, threat, intimidation, coercion, when given by a mentally or physically incapacitated person, or when given by a minor.
    • Consent can be withdrawn at ANY time as long as that is communicated clearly.

    Sexual misconduct,as defined by the University Sexual Assault policy in Section IV of this code book, includes but is not limited to the following:

    1. Non-consensual/unwelcome/unwanted touching: Unwelcome, unwanted touching or fondling of a sexual nature without effective consent
    2. Exhibitionism: Displaying intimate parts of one’s own body before an unwilling individual, including masturbation, etc.
    3. Non-consensual penetration: Penetration of another individual’s body with an inanimate object or digit.
    4. Non-consensual oral sex
    5. Non-consensual sexual intercourse
    6. Non-consensual confinement or restraint
    7. Statutory sexual misconduct: Engaging in sexual activities with anyone who is under the legal age of consent for the state of Michigan (16 years old).
    8. Voyeurism: Attempting to secretly view others for sexual gratification.

    Please see the university statement on student dignity for more information:

    *Adapted from Koestner, K.; Sokolow, B. (n.d.) Eliminating Force from Campus Sexual Misconduct Policies: The Rise of the Consent Construct

  24. Unauthorized Entry
    1. Unauthorized entry, use, or occupancy of University facilities including, but not limited to, residence hall space, suite, or apartment;
    2. Refusal to vacate a University facility when directed to do so by an authorized official of the University.
    3. Unauthorized entry into a residential private property, house, or apartment.
    4. Trespassing on private property.

  25. Unauthorized Fireworks

    Unauthorized possession, use, manufacture, distribution, or sale of fireworks, incendiary devices, flammable or combustible materials, or other dangerous explosives on University Property is prohibited.

    See also, Ferris State University weapons policy.

  26. Unauthorized Possession/Use or Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages

    The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by Ferris State University in the following areas:

    1. Contrary to Law: On or off University property, or in the course of a University activity or student organization activity, when the possession or use is contrary to law and/or University policy.
    2. Creates Danger: On or off University property, when possession or use creates a danger to self or others, including, but not limited to, the sale, gift, or transfer of alcohol to minors.
    3. Supplying to Minors: The sale, gift, or transfer of alcohol to minors. Or where a party is hosted where underage consumption occurs.
    4. In Public/Unauthorized Area: In or on any property of the University frequented by the public, except in areas specifically designated by the President of the University.

    Please note: Excessive consumption of alcohol is also prohibited by Ferris State University regardless of age. This includes instances where an individual receives any type of medical treatment relating to consumption alcohol.

  27. Unauthorized Possession or Use of Illegal Drugs or Controlled Substances (real or implied)

    The term “controlled substance” is defined by Michigan law, and includes, but is not limited to, substances such as marijuana, cocaine, narcotics, certain stimulants and depressants, and hallucinogens. The following actions are prohibited by Ferris State University:

    1. Contrary to Law: Use or possession of any drug, controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia on or off University property or in the course of a University activity or student organization activity, contrary to law or without a valid and legal prescription for such drugs or controlled substances.
    2. Use of Facilities: Use of University facilities to manufacture, process, or distribute any drugs or controlled substance contrary to law.
    3. Distribution: Sale, attempted sale, gift, transfer, or attempted transfer of drugs, controlled substances, or drug paraphernalia, whether or not such sale, gift, or transfer occurs on or off University property or in the course of a University activity or student organization activity.
    4. Manufacture: Possession, production, manufacture or use of any substance that is used as a drug on or off University property.
    5. Prescription Misuse: Abuse or misuse of any prescription drug, the unauthorized possession of prescription medication or the sale or attempted sale of a prescription drug.
    6. Present: Students may not be present in a room where illegal drugs or controlled substances are present or being used.
    7. Medical Purposes: The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is not allowed in any University housing or on any University property.

  28. Unauthorized Recording*

    Making, attempting to make, transmitting, or attempting to transmit audio or video of any person(s) on or off campus in bathrooms, showers, bedrooms, or other premises where there is an explicit expectation of privacy with respect to nudity and/or sexual activity, without the knowledge and consent of all participants subject to such recordings. (adapted with permission from Rutgers University)

    *Policy adapted with permission from Rutgers University

  29. Unauthorized Taking or Possession

    Unauthorized taking or possession of University property or services; unauthorized taking or possession of the property or services of others.

  30. Verbal Abuse of Another Person

    Speech which materially and substantially disrupts the operation of the University or infringes on the rights of other, including the following:

    1. An expressed or implied threat to:
      1. Interfere with an individual’s personal safety, academic efforts, employment or participation in University sponsored activities; or
      2. Injure that person or damage his or her property and, under the circumstances, causes the person to have reasonable apprehension that such harm is about to occur; or,
      3. Cause harm to the community
    2. In limited circumstances, inflammatory speech, spoken or written inflammatory communication which is inherently likely to provoke a violent reaction by the listener or listeners toward the speaker.
  31. Violation of other published University regulations, policies, or rules.
  32. Any violation of any local, state, or federal law is against University Policy.