Public Safety
Campus Crime Awareness - Annual Security & Fire Report

The safety and well-being of Ferris State University students, faculty, staff and visitors is of primary importance to the University. Extensive efforts are made to educate members of the University community about responsible behavior and individual actions which they can take to help ensure their personal safety. Crime prevention is emphasized and security measures are employed to help our students, employees and visitors be as free as possible from threats to their safety.

FSU Business Policy 2011:10, Clery Act Compliance

Reporting Crime and Other Emergencies

If you are a victim of a crime or a witness to one, or if you need to report a fire, medical, or other emergency, on or off campus, DIAL 911.

Campus Security Authority

Universities are required to disclose statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses reported to local law enforcement agencies or any official of the institution who is defined as a "Campus Security Authority."

The law defines "Campus Security Authority" as: "An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities."

Students can report crime to any campus security authority, including, but not limited to, University Police, local police, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, Deans, Associate Deans, Directors, Assistant Directors, Department Heads, Educational Counselors, Faculty & Staff, Registered Student Organization Advisors, Housing & Residence Life Business Manager, Hall Directors, Residence Hall Advisors, Coordinator of Student Life, Inter fraternity Council Advisor, Coordinator of Intramurals, PTM Director/Manager Racquet & Fitness Center, PTM Administrative Assistant, Athletic Coaches and Assistant Coaches, Athletic Director, Associate Athletic Director, Williams Auditorium Manager, Director of Student Conduct and Student Conduct Specialist.

Campus Security Authority Crime Report Form (docx)

Sex Offense Report Form (docx)

Hate Crime Report Form (docx)

University Police

The mission of the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety is to protect the people and property of the University community. The Department's goal is to make the Ferris State University campus safe and to provide the University with a highly-trained, professional police service.

The Department of Public Safety employs 14 police officers, certified by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. They receive their police power and arrest authority from the Board of Trustees as empowered by Public Act 120 of 1990, and the Mecosta County Sheriff . The Department's jurisdiction is Mecosta County; however, Ferris State University campus and adjacent streets are the primary focus. Our department, the City of Big Rapids and the Mecosta County Sheriff Department have a mutual aid agreement and assist each other when requested. The Department is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our office is located on the west end of campus at the West Commons building in front of Cramer Hall. If you have an emergency, you should call 911. For non-emergencies, you should contact this office at 591-5000 or come to the office at any time of the day or night. The University encourages accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the Department or other appropriate police agency.


For campus emergencies, DIAL 911

Officer Training

Training is considered a vital part of maintaining a high level of service to the Ferris community; therefore, officers are regularly trained in the following:

  • Active Shooter Response and Prevention
  • Crowd Control
  • Basic First Aid and CPR
  • Defensive Driving
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Firearms Training
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Sexual Assault Investigation
  • Interview/Interrogation
  • Criminal Law
  • Harassment/Sensitivity
  • Rape Aggression Defense


Campus Security Programs

Employees and students are informed of campus security procedures and practices at new employee/student orientation and as specially requested presentations (department/class presentation request, Summer University, etc.). Safety Posters with crime prevention/safety/security information are posted annually in campus buildings. Annual fire/severe weather drills are recommended to all of campus.

Student Foot Patrol

The Department of Public Safety employs student foot patrol officers as extra eyes and ears on the campus. They look for suspicious situations, criminal activity or other problems that should be reported to the Department and assist with patrolling the campus during the evening hours.

Escort Service

The Department of Public Safety provides an on-campus escort service for campus residents during the fall and winter semesters. The student foot patrol provides escorts to students who request them between 9:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. Monday through Sunday while school is in regular session. Those interested in an escort should contact the Department at (231) 591-5000.

Crime Prevention

In order to better serve the community, the Department of Public Safety offers crime prevention programs and brochures to faculty, staff and students concerning such topics as theft prevention, sexual assault awareness, alcohol abuse and drug abuse. Crime prevention presentations are also sponsored by the Office of Residential Life, the Counseling Center, and student groups in the residence halls and at other campus locations.

  • Crime prevention brochures are available at the Department, residence halls, Rankin Center, Office of Human Resource Development and various other campus locations.
  • Crime Prevention and informational videos are available at the Department for use by members of the University community.
  • The Department offers sexual assault awareness programs and videos and sponsors speakers on sexual assault prevention.


These programs can be very helpful because they provide tips to enhance personal safety and to avoid becoming a crime victim. Crime prevention programming and services provided by the Department of Public Safety are free of charge.

Identity theft

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the nation, and students may be particularly vulnerable to this crime. Learn how to protect yourself and your future from identity theft by going to:


Ferris State University provides two methods of access to police and emergency personnel. First, the Department of Public Safety emergency dispatcher or Meceola Central dispatcher may be reached from any phone on campus by dialing 911. The emergency telephone number alerts the dispatcher that there is an emergency and that call receives priority.

Second, blue light emergency phones have been installed outdoors in strategic locations around campus. A simple push of the emergency button connects the caller with the dispatcher and alerts the dispatcher that the call is an emergency.

Campus Crime Hotline 591-5900

Crime or suspicious activity on campus may be reported anonymously through the Campus Crime Hot Line at 591-5900. The Hot Line provides the community of law abiding citizens the opportunity to anonymously report any information they have about criminal or suspicious activity. The goal of the Hot Line is to receive information about criminal activity that may not otherwise be available. The information will be used to investigate reported criminal or suspicious activity and to make the campus a safer place to live, work and receive an education.

Office of Housing and Residence Life Missing Student Protocol

Federal regulations require colleges to inform students of the option to have the contact person of their choice notified in the event a student is reported “missing.” In such instances, the University is required to contact parents when the student is under the age of 18. Students 18 or older may also “opt in” or request such notification to occur should they be reported “missing.” Notification would occur within 24 hours of the student being reported “missing.”

A report of “missing” includes a reasonable/reliable report or suspicion that the student is missing or may be endangered. By providing contact information and signing the back of the emergency contact information card (Housing Blue Card), a student agrees to participate in this program during the current academic year. This participation may be revoked at any time by noting so on the Emergency Contact Information form. In cases of revoked participation (for students 18 or older), students would continue to be subject to university policy regarding parental and emergency notification.

Residence Hall Security

The residence halls have established student desk monitors and student security personnel to routinely check the residence halls. All Residence Halls are locked 24 hours a day and cannot be accessed unless a student residing in that hall swipes their ID at the exterior doors. All residence halls are equipped with emergency blue light phones to enable students to contact 9-1-1 at the touch of a button.

Facilities Access

Most academic and service buildings are open for business between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Some buildings require access until 9 p.m. or later due to special activities. All employees who have a key and want to enter campus buildings after hours are encouraged to inform the Department for their safety.

Campus Lighting

Light surveys are made periodically by public safety officers and defective lights are reported on a regular basis to the Physical Plant, which takes corrective action as soon as possible. Physical Plant staff also continually review campus lighting needs and respond to concerns expressed by campus community members regarding deficient lighting. Lighting concerns can be directed to the Physical Plant Office at 591-2600.

Emergency Response Team

The University has an Emergency Management Team which develops and maintains updated emergency plans for disasters. Resources and key officials have been identified to assist in dealing with various crisis situations.

Alcohol Policy

The University has an alcohol and drug policy that prohibits unauthorized possession, sale or use of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol-free programs are promoted and provided to the University community on a regular basis.

Drug Free Environment

Consistent with Michigan and Federal law, Ferris seeks to maintain a workplace and educational environment free from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, use or sale of a controlled substance, which is prohibited on any property under the control of and governed by the Ferris State University Board of Trustees, and at any site where work or student activity is performed by individuals on behalf of the University.

Employees and students may obtain a copy of the Drug Free Workplace Policy and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Compliance Statement from the Office of Human Resource Development, Office of the Dean of Student Life, Department of Public Safety, Office of Student Judicial Services , FLITE, or the Counseling Center.

Drug Enforcement

The Department participates in a four-county drug enforcement consortium, the Central Michigan Enforcement Team. This team is supported by a state grant and local matching funds to allow investigation of suspected drug dealing in the four-county area, including the Ferris State University campus.


Firearms and other weapons are prohibited on campus. The ban applies to rifles; shotguns; handguns; paint guns; BB and pellet pistols and rifles which use spring, gas or air propulsion; sling shots; whips; hunting knives; knives with blades longer than 2.5 inches; and bows and arrows and other weapons. Residence hall residents may register and store weapons at the Department during hunting season.

Crime Reports

Ferris State University takes seriously its responsibility to make the campus as safe as possible; however, since the University is part of the broader society, criminal activity can occur on campus. When an incident occurs that may threaten the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors, Ferris ensures that timely reports are made of such crimes to the local news media, including the student newspaper, local newspaper and radio stations and the employee newsletter. The public reporting of such crimes requires the cooperation of the media to help inform students, employees and the public of any possible danger, to empower individuals to be responsible for their own security and the security of others, and to help prevent similar occurrences. Crime alerts are produced and distributed to the campus community as needed.

Sexual Assault

Victims of sexual assaults are encouraged to report the crime to the Department and/or the appropriate police agency with jurisdiction where the crime occurred. University officials will assist victims in notifying these authorities and obtaining support and assistance.

If the victim resides on campus and desires a change in assigned housing, they may contact the hall director or the Office of Residential Life at 591-3749. If the victim desires a class schedule change, they may contact their academic advisor or counselor.

The range of sanctions for conviction of any conduct violation may be a reprimand up to dismissal from the University. (See Student Handbook for details.)

The accuser and accused have the right to have others present during a judicial disciplinary hearing and shall be notified of the outcome of a campus disciplinary hearing.

The victim of a sexual assault should not shower nor bathe so that evidence of the crime is preserved. All clothing, bedding and other physical evidence should be secured and turned over to the police.

The Counseling Center can be contacted directly by the victim, or with their consent, by the Department of Public Safety, Office of Judicial Services or by any other University employee.

The victim will receive, from anyone of the three above offices, a sexual assault information packet. The victim and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities in regard to having others present at, and being informed of, the outcome of any institutional judicial disciplinary proceeding.

Upon receipt of a sexual assault complaint, a thorough investigation shall be completed. Victims have the option of making a report with or without prosecution. All incidents will be handled on the University level.

The Department offers free Rape Aggression Defense training to the students, faculty, staff and members of the community. Contact DPS at 591-5000 to inquire.


Registered Sex Offenders Information

Law Enforcement information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained from the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry.

Information for Crime Victims

For more information regarding Crime Victim Rights, assistance, and Compensation, visit: Michigan Department of Community Health Crime Victim Page.

Campus Community Task Force

The Campus Community Task Force was developed by the University to bring the University and local community together to find solutions to the problem of alcohol abuse and other related issues. Information about the task force is available from the Vice President of Student Affairs or the Director of the Department of Public Safety.

Public Safety Oversight Committee

The committee was created in 1999 to address grievances by persons against Public Safety Officers or the Public Safety Department and may make recommendations to the Director of Public Safety that disciplinary measures be taken by the Department against any Public Safety Officer who is found responsible for misconduct in office. The Oversight Committee currently meets the fourth Thursday of each month between September and May

Annual Crime Statistics

2013 Annual Security Report Crime Statistics Chart [pdf]

Campus - any building or property owned by FSU.

Campus Residence - any campus housing unit owned by FSU.

Public Property - all public property within reasonable contiguous geographic area of FSU.

Non-Campus - building or property owned or controlled by a recognized student organization.

Department of Public Safety, 591-5000 (24 Hours)

Counseling Center, Birkam Health Center, Room 210, 591-5968 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday.

Office of Student Conduct, BCH 214, 591-3619

Women's Information Services (W.I.S.E.), 796-6600 (24 hours)

Fire Safety Report - Dial 911 to report any fire

Fire Statistics

Per federal law, Ferris State University is required to annually disclose statistical data on all fires that occur in on-campus student housing facilities.   Listed below is the non-emergency number to call to report fires that have already been extinguished in on-campus student housing.

Ferris State University Campus Police (231) 591-5000

In 2013, Ferris State University had two reported fire incidents in student housing facilities. One incident involved burnt food on a stove and the other involved smoke from an overheated compressor. Ferris State University experienced no injuries, deaths or property damage due to fires in student housing in 2013.


On-Campus Student Housing and life safety systems

Ferris State University has a total of 24 on-campus student housing facilities. Residence halls are equipped with fire detection systems and pull box stations. University apartments use local smoke detection systems. All fire life safety systems report directly to the Department of Public Safety’s 24 hour Dispatch personnel.


Mandatory Supervised Fire Drills

The Michigan Fire Prevention Code, Section 29.19, requires all Universities to conduct a minimum of 8 fire drills per year in school dormitories. Ferris State University conducts fire drills 12 times during the academic school year.


Fire Evacuation

When fire alarms are activated, including during scheduled fire drills, all occupants must evacuate the building. Residents must wait outside the building until a member of the hall staff indicates they may return. Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm is a serious violation of University policy.

Residence Hall Fire Safety & Security

The University is committed to maintaining a healthy and safe environment in our residential communities, while respecting and preserving individual rights. In order to manage this delicate balance, the University has developed policies and procedures with which all residents should be familiar. Housing policies are subject to change/revision. Please reference the on-line student handbook for the most current policies.

Included below are the expectations regarding the use of personal and University facilities, as they relate to fire safety issues. The University recognizes that these policies may cause individual inconvenience. The policies are intended to protect the health and welfare of the larger community. Any activity that could potentially compromise fire safety in the halls is a violation of policy. Withholding information/evidence concerning a fire is a serious offense.

 1. Appliances

  1. Approved Items: Approved electrical appliances include: personal computers and accessories, clocks, typewriters, calculators, desk and window fans, non-halogen lamps, answering machines, enclosed coil hot pots and potpourri cookers, portable hair dryers/curlers, radios, compact disk players, tape recorders, stereos, TVs, DVDs and VCRs. If unsure if an item is acceptable, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate with Hall Staff to ensure the safety of the community.

  2. Prohibited Items: Those appliances with exposed elements such as medusa lamps, toasters, toaster ovens, pizza ovens, etc. or heated oil such as deep fryers, etc. pose a safety hazard and are not permitted in residence halls. Candle warmers are also prohibited in the residence halls.

  3. Microwaves: The University restricts the size to a maximum of 750 watts per residence hall room.

  4. Refrigerators: The University restricts the size to a maximum of 4.6 cubic feet per residence hall room.


2. Electrical/Lighting

  1. Extension Cords/Surge Protectors: To help protect equipment and prevent electrical fires, all electrical cords must be kept visible and out of walkways. Electrical cords may not be run under rugs, and wires may not be hung from the ceiling or pipes.

  2. Halogen Lamps: Halogen lamps are not permitted due to fire risk.

  3. Overhead Lighting: Students are prohibited from installing a black light into the overhead light fixture or otherwise tampering with, altering or covering the light fixtures in any way.


3. Flammable Materials and Incendiary Devices

  1. Candles, incense, or open flames: Candles, decorative or otherwise are not permitted in any campus housing unit. Incense and other items that generate open flame are prohibited in the residence halls. Melted wax, burned wicks, etc., may be considered a violation of this policy. Electric hotpots and potpourri cookers with fully enclosed coils are acceptable; however, candle warmers are not acceptable.

    In addition, behaviors that create or present the possibility of creating a fire such as burning candles, incense, igniting door decorations, posters or other materials regardless of intention, is considered a serious offense that could result in suspension or dismissal from the University.

  2. Fireworks: All fireworks are prohibited on campus. This includes, but is not limited to the following: sparklers, caps, firecrackers, bottle rockets, skyrockets, and Roman candles.

  3. Flammable Materials: Possession of materials or containers holding fluids used for igniting fires is prohibited. Prohibited fluids include, but are not limited to, charcoal lighter, gasoline, propane, and cigarette lighter refueling containers. Possession or storage of motorcycles, motor bikes, or other motorized vehicles is strictly prohibited in University Housing.


4. Room/Building Safety

  1. Hanging Objects: Objects hung from any ceiling, ceiling light fixture, smoke detector, and any exposed pipe are prohibited. Posters or wall hangings must not cover more than 2/3 of the total space per wall.

  2. Obstruction of Egress: Students are prohibited from blocking or otherwise obstructing internal or external access to room doors or windows for safety reasons and emergency evacuation needs.

  3. Obstruction of Heating/Ventilation Systems: Students are prohibited from blocking or otherwise obstructing access to heating or ventilation systems. Furniture must be at least 12 inches away from all heaters or vents and must not block access to either heater or vents.

  4. Pipes: Students are not permitted to tamper with or hang any items from pipes in their rooms. Stress on pipes may cause structural damage resulting in severe water leakage.

  5. Propping Doors: Residents may not prop any residence hall door intended to remain closed and/or locked for safety and security reasons. Propped doors compromise the safety and security measures they are designed to meet, including fire safety.

  6. Room Door Decorations: Students are not permitted to decorate their doors in any way (inside or out). Materials hung on the door constitute a fire hazard. Artwork on doors, such as painting, drawing, or etching will be considered destruction/damage of property.
    • Decorations that can be affixed by tape will be permitted only on the concrete area surrounding the door frame.

    • Weather stripping is not permitted to cover more than 10% of the door frame perimeter.

    • Residents are responsible for any damage that may result from putting tape or other adhesives on walls or door frames.

    • Residents are responsible for any damage that may result from putting tape or other adhesives on walls or door frames.

    • Excessive decorations, as determined by hall staff, are not permitted, as this may constitute a fire hazard.

5. Fire Safety

  1. Fire Safety and Fire Safety Equipment: Fire Safety equipment is provided to help ensure everyone’s safety. Tampering with alarms, extinguishers, or smoke detectors is a violation of local, state, and federal laws, as well as a violation of University policies. Students will be billed a minimum of $200 for any damages found through annual inspections of the smoke detectors.
    • Covering or otherwise obstructing a smoke detector is prohibited.
    • Any activity that could potentially compromise fire safety in the halls is a violation of policy.
    • Withholding information/evidence concerning a fire is a serious offense.
  2. Smoke Detectors: To enhance the safety and well being of all students, the University has installed smoke detectors in each room and apartment. Hard-wired smoke alarm systems are operational if a red light on the unit blinks periodically (approximately every 5 seconds). If, at any time, the smoke detector does not work, ask the front desk for a “Room Repair Request Slip” and ask them to make sure it is reported immediately. Apartment residents report broken equipment to the Apartment Office. Individuals/groups who fail to comply with and/or violate these policies may find themselves subject to university discipline. Students are responsible for their room or apartment and any activities that occur therein, including the behavior of their guests. The assigned resident does not need to be present, actively involved, or even aware that an incident involving his/her guests has taken place to be held accountable for that incident.


6. Smoking

Smoking is not permitted in residence halls or University Apartments. Students must stand well away (minimum of 25 feet) from all buildings while smoking outside.


7. Health and Safety Checks

Residence Halls
Hall Staff are required to do room checks on a periodic basis for the purpose of making sure no fire hazards, health and safety, or violations of University rules exist. For a complete listing of Housing Service Regulations and Standards see Section V, sub-section A, of the Student Handbook.


University Apartments
Health and Safety checks are performed one or more times per semester. These are done to help assure healthy and safe living environments for all residents. Violations of Health and Safety standards include, but are not limited to, overloaded electrical circuits, grease buildup in and around stoves, unsanitary conditions, pets, etc. Smoke detectors are tested during health and safety checks. Residents are expected to test smoke detectors monthly and immediately report any that are not working properly. Removing the battery of a smoke detector, for any purpose other than to immediately replace it with a new one, is a serious violation.


Education & Training
Residence Hall staff receive training at the beginning of the school year on how to conduct fire and tornado drills. Students are given fire and tornado safety instructions at their mandatory floor meeting on the first day of classes.

In 2012, 201 faculty, staff and students were trained in Fire Safety and Extinguisher Training.

A complete listing of University Housing Policies, Procedures and University Discipline Procedures can be found at the following link:


Future Improvement in Fire Safety
Ferris State University is committed to making improvements in fire safety in student housing as deemed necessary.

Information included in this publication is in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Statistics Act.

Ferris State University will be a national leader in providing opportunities for innovative teaching and learning in career-oriented, technological and professional education.

Ferris State is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, sex, marital status, handicap, political affiliation or belief.

Ferris State University Off-Campus Locations

Alpena Community College
Ferris Statewide - Alpena
Nancy D. Sequin, Support Professional
665 Johnson Street
Alpena MI 49707
(989) 358-7212

Delta College
Ferris Statewide - Midland/Bay/Saginaw
Kimberly Brandimore, Outreach Coordinator
1961 Delta Road D-102
University Center MI 48710
(989) 686-9256

Grand Rapids Community College
Ferris Statewide, FSU Grand Rapids
Tracy L. Powers, Interim Assoc. Dean
151 Fountain NE Street
Grand Rapids MI 49503
(616) 451-4777

Ferris State University College of Pharmacy
Margaret Lyons, Director-Off-Campus Student Services
Center for Innovational Learning and Research
25 Michigan St., NE, Suite 7000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 643-1122

Kendall College or Art & Design
of Ferris State University

Sandra K. Britton, Director, Enrollment Mgmt
17 Fountain Street, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 451-2787

Lansing Community College
Ferris Statewide - Lansing
Justin P. Faris, Director, Capital Region
210 W. Shiawassee
MC 8200
PO Box 40010
Lansing MI 48901
(517) 483-9723

Macomb Community College Clinton Twp and Warren
Ferris Statewide - Clinton Township
Brian Bouwman, Director, Southeast MI Region
Center Campus, UC1 Bld. Room 202-9 
44575 Garfield Road
Clinton Twp, MI 48038
(586) 263-6773 

Ferris Statewide - Warren
Catherine Belkowski, Outreach Coordinator South Campus
R-Building, Room 146 
14500 E 12 Mile Road
Warren, MI 48088
(586) 445-7150 

Mott Community College

Ferris Statewide - Flint
Lorie Callcut, Director, Flint Office
1401 E. Court St., MMB Rm. 1008
Flint MI 48503
(810) 762-0461

Muskegon Community College
Ferris Statewide - Muskegon
AJ Osborne, Support Professional
Muskegon Community College
221 South Quarterline Road
Muskegon MI 49442
(231) 777-0510

Northwestern Michigan College
Ferris Statewide - Traverse City
Debbra Curtiss, Director, Northern MI Region
2200 Dendrinos Drive, Suite 100
Traverse City MI 49684
(231) 995-1734

Southwestern Michigan College
Ferris Statewide - Dowagiac
Lisa Topping, Outreach Coordinator
Wood 460, 58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac MI 49047
(269) 782-1214

Wayne County Community College District
Ferris Statewide - Harper Woods
Tyrone Collins, Admissions Counselor
19305 Vernier Road
Harper Woods, MI 48225
(586) 445-7150



Off Campus Web Statistics (pdf)

Last updated: 02-25-2015