Student Rights & Responsibilities

Student Rights

Each Ferris State University student has the right to the following:

  1. The freedom to exercise all his or her citizenship rights, without University interference or fear of University disciplinary action for such activity.
  2. All the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Michigan.
  3. Freedom from discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity under federal and state laws.
  4. Information pertaining to his or her academic standing, graduation requirements, and course requirements.
  5. Confidentiality of his or her records, consistent with federal and state laws, and University policies.
  6. Join associations of their common interest(s).
  7. Peacefully protest, demonstrate, or picket as long as it does not disturb the functions or operations of the University.
  8. Initiate a complaint that may bring about an investigation and/or disciplinary action involving another member of the University academic community.
  9. Be provided all pertinent information that may be considered part of his or her hearing.
  10. Not to be falsely accused of violating policies of the Code of Student Community Standards.

Student Responsibilities

Ferris State University, like all academic institutions, exists for the advancement of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the promotion of the general well being of society. Free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the attainment of these goals. Students are expected to exercise their freedom to learn with responsibility and to respect the general conditions that maintain such freedom. Enjoyment of the freedoms described here depends in part on a student maintaining effective communication with the University. 

Ferris State University expects all students to maintain a current local and permanent address. Addresses may be updated with the Timme Center for Student Services. It is the student’s responsibility to regularly check his/her mail and respond to University notice appropriately. The University has developed general regulations concerning student conduct, which safeguard the right of every individual student to exercise fully the freedom to learn without undue interference.