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Message to Students - June 6, 2021

June 2, 2021

Message to Students from Joy Pulsifer, Dean of Student Life

Good morning Bulldogs!

The University has adapted its policies for face coverings and physical distancing to reflect updated state and federal guidance relative to COVID-19. These revisions will aid in moving the University forward this summer and fall.  

Face Coverings and Physical Distancing
Fully vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear face coverings in most spaces on the Ferris campus. Fully vaccinated means you are two weeks past receipt of your final dose of an FDA-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine. 

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear face coverings when unable to keep at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others. Clinical and health care settings may continue to require masks regardless of vaccination status.  

If you feel most comfortable wearing a face covering, please do so. If you need additional Bulldog masks, please visit the Information Desk on the second level of the University Center.  Individual masking choices should not be interpreted as an indicator of vaccinated/non-vaccinated status.

Students located at our statewide locations will need to follow the partnering community college campus policies regarding face coverings and physical distancing. If you have any questions of the campus policies for the partnering community college or statewide location, please contact your regional office.
 
New Fully Vaccinated Status Form in COVID-19 Symptom Checker
The University is required to ensure unvaccinated employees practice social distancing to the maximum extent feasible. Knowing the vaccination status of students, faculty and staff will aid in this process.  

Please complete the new form located in the Healthy Dog portal once and only when you are fully vaccinated. If you do not complete the form, the University will assume you are not fully vaccinated, and you will be required to wear a face covering if you cannot maintain at least 6ft of distance from others.  

All students, faculty and staff coming to a campus location and/or who are working for Ferris, regardless of work location, are still required to complete the daily symptom checker. 

COVID-19 Vaccinations Available
No-cost vaccinations are still available in the Birkam Health Center for students, faculty, staff and their household members age 16 and up.  We strongly encourage everyone to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves, their loved ones and our communities. If you have not been vaccinated and would like to be, please contact Birkam Health Center at (231) 591-2614, Option 2, to set up an appointment. Or you can visit www.vaccines.gov for area vaccination sites across the state. 

COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing  
COVID-19 asymptomatic testing clinics will continue over the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Pharmacy Care Clinic, located on the first floor of the Pharmacy Building. 

Please visit the COVID-19 Testing Schedule to make an appointment. This testing clinic is open to any Ferris faculty, staff or student who is not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. You will need to complete the symptom checker online and receive a green negative status prior to being tested.  

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider. You can also call the COVID-19 Hotline at 888-535-6136, press 2, or find a test site near you.

These decisions have been made based on the evidence that the COVID-19 vaccination provides robust protection against COVID-19 and are consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They replace our previous COVID-19 Directives.

Students, faculty and staff are still expected to:

  • Engage in good hygiene practices including frequent and thorough hand washing
  • Stay at your residence when symptomatic and/or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Complete the daily symptom checker when coming to a campus location and/or when working for Ferris, regardless of work location  
  • Report COVID-19 signs/symptoms in the symptom checker 
  • Remain at least 6 ft apart from others if not fully vaccinated 
  • Wear a face covering if not fully vaccinated and cannot consistently maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others   
  • Wear a face covering in healthcare settings where patients may be present

Barnes & Noble Closes June 16
The current Barnes & Noble bookstore will be closing on June 16. If you are taking summer courses, please purchase any necessary course materials prior to June 16. The bookstore will then be closed for remodel until the middle of August when Ferris Outfitters campus store opens. Please note that NO textbooks will be available in the campus store. Fall textbook orders will be exclusively online at ferris.edu/books beginning July 26.

Housing Summer ZOOM Series
Join our Housing staff every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting June 2. There will be lots of helpful information covered as well as a Q&A session each week, so join in and bring your questions. The zoom link for this event is https://zoom.us/j/94391077111.

Financial Aid - FAFSA Outreach Calls
The Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid will begin awarding eligible continuing students financial aid packages this month. If you have not already completed your 2021-2022 FAFSA and you wish to apply for aid, we encourage you to do so this week.  The University has been reaching out to students who have completed a FAFSA in the past, but according to our records, have not submitted a FAFSA for 2021-2022. Please note that the 2021-2022 FAFSA uses 2019 income tax return information. Ferris provides a lot of information to help students through the FAFSA process on the Financial Aid website.

Financial Aid – Special Consideration

The Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid "Special Consideration” process allows students and their families who have suffered a reduction of income since 2019 due to job loss, COVID-19, divorce of parents, death of a parent or stepparent, or other similar circumstances to submit a request for re-evaluation of their federal aid eligibility. If you, or your parent's and/or spouse have suffered a significant income reduction since 2019, please visit our Special Consideration webpage for more information. 

Please continue to check your email for Dean of Student Life (DOSL) updates and visit the University’s COVID-19 webpage for updated information. Please direct any unanswered questions to the appropriate contact listed below:

For academic questions, contact your advisor or your academic dean's office:
-College of Arts, Sciences and Education: 231-591-3660
-College of Business: 231-591-2420
-College of Engineering Technology: 231-591-2890
-College of Health Professions: 231-591-2270
-College of Pharmacy: 231-591-2254
-College of Optometry: 231-591-3706
-Retention & Student Success: 231-591-2360
-Kendall College of Art and Design: 616-259-1203
-Statewide location email contact info is located at:
www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/statewide/locations.htm

If you are unable to reach your advisor, please contact your College (numbers above) or [email protected] 
For housing & dining questions, please email [email protected].

For questions about your student bill, please contact Student Financial Services at one of the contact options listed here www.ferris.edu/htmls/administration/businessoffice.

For questions about your financial aid, please email Financial Aid at [email protected]

For questions related to a reasonable accommodation, please email Educational Counseling & Disabilities Services at [email protected] or for students at Kendall College of Art & Design, please email Marie Yowtz at [email protected]

Take good care. And let’s all move #FerrisForwardTogether.