President's Message to Campus - October 8, 2019

At Ferris State University it is our responsibility to provide a safe, welcoming and respectful environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus. As such, we embrace our University’s core values and a learning environment that is free from all forms of harassment.

With very few exceptions, all faculty and staff at Ferris are deemed “responsible employees” under Title IX. To ensure all faculty and staff are educated on Title IX and its importance, the University is providing “Responsible Employee” education sessions in person and online. Upcoming in person Title IX “Responsible Employee” sessions will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 2 to 3:00 p.m. inside the University Center, Room 016.

In addition, Title IX expert Rebecca Veidlinger will be on campus Thursday, Oct. 31 to provide more specific education and information on Title IX issues inside and outside of the classroom. Her presentation, “Managing Title IX Issues in the Classroom,” will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:45 pm. “Managing Title IX Issues Outside of the Classroom” will be held from 9 to 10:15 a.m. and 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. These sessions are in the University Center, Room 202.

All employees should register for one or more of these in-person events through the Staff Center for Training and Development website or via e-mail to [email protected].  These sessions will also be available through the Internet via BlueJeans, either live during the event or afterwards.  The connection information for remote access is available through registration for the event.

If you prefer, a “Responsible Employee” online education module is also available.

If you have already attended a “Responsible Employee” education session during this past calendar year, you have met this requirement, but are still encouraged to attend. If you have questions, please reach out to your dean or divisional vice president.

I am grateful for the work of Vice President Jeanine Ward-Roof, chair of the Sexual Misconduct Task Force, and her team for providing these learning opportunities to our University. We are fortunate to have safe campuses in Big Rapids, Grand Rapids and across Michigan, and we will continue to work diligently to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Thank you for joining in these efforts to ensure that no form of sexual misconduct has any place within our Ferris community. Your cooperation and support for this is deeply appreciated.

David L. Eisler, president