Monday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon,

The Re-entry Committee would like to share several updates and important information with you.

COVID-19 Dashboard Update

All positive cases are reported on the COVID-19 Dashboard Monday through Friday by 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday numbers are reported in Monday’s totals. Last week the University reported 26 new cases (10/6-10/9). There are currently 41 current active cases and 184 cumulative cases. Kendall College of Art and Design reports one current active case and four cumulative positive cases.

The University is working closely with DHD#10 to actively conduct contact tracing and provide assistance and support to those affected. Affected students who reside on-campus are moved to isolation/quarantine housing. Anyone who had close contact will be notified by DHD #10 of possible exposure and will also receive specific instructions, assistance and support. 

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should schedule a virtual visit through the Birkam Health Center Healthy Dog Portal. Faculty or staff should contact their primary care physician and/or call 833-559-0659 to receive a Spectrum Health COVID-19 screening.

As the University continues to conduct testing, and as the semester progresses, it is likely more positive cases will be identified. Everyone in the University community is encouraged to remain as flexible and accommodating as possible when assisting those affected with transitions for remote learning and/or work assignments.   

The University is taking proactive measures to protect the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff. Expectations include completing the online daily symptom checker, wearing a mask, maintaining physical/social distancing, washing or sanitizing your hands often and avoiding large crowds or social gatherings.

Reminder – COVID-19 Symptom Checker

As we begin to enter cold and flu season, it is very important for all faculty and staff to continue completing the COVID-19 Symptom Checker each working day, to honestly complete the questions asked and mark if any symptoms are present. This, in addition to wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing and washing your hands often is helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for continuing these important efforts.

Updated RSO and University Department Indoor (In-person) Event Guidelines

Starting Friday, Oct. 16, RSOs and University departments are permitted to reserve indoor spaces for in-person and hybrid (in-person and livestream or remote) events in the University Center up to 50 participants. Event organizers are encouraged to continue to offer virtual and hybrid programming to reach individuals who are not in Big Rapids and/or to be accessible to those who are more vulnerable to the impact of COVID-19.

Guidelines are subject to change based on internal and external developments related to COVID-19. No other changes/exceptions are being made to our events guidelines at this time.  Guidelines will continue to be reviewed and updated regularly.

  • All other indoor events on and off-campus continue to be limited to a max of 10 participants at this time.
  • Food is not permitted at indoor events outside of The Rock and the Quad Café.
  • For more information about current outdoor events including events with alcohol, please visit the Student Re-engagement Guide

All University Department and RSO reservation requests can be made electronically in MYFSU or by contacting Shana Beisiegel at [email protected] or x5917.

Current University Center Room Capacities with a capacity greater than 10 (Ballrooms): 202A – 36; 202B – 36; 202C – 36

Please note, academic courses will continue to have priority for space and thus reservations will only be available Friday from 6 p.m. to close and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to close.  For events over 36 people, two ballrooms will need to be reserved.

  • University Departments & RSOs will not be charged for these spaces, unless they are collecting fees for the event from the participants.
  • Events are only open to Ferris State students, faculty, and staff.
  • The sponsoring department or RSO will be responsible for ensuring that participants are keeping 6 feet of distance between them and all are wearing a face covering at all times over their mouth and nose.
  • The sponsoring department or RSO will be held accountable for behavior outside of these guidelines (non-compliance) and will be subject to losing the privilege to host in-person events in the future.
  • Reservations for meetings will be limited to 90 minutes or less.
  • Educational speakers or events can be scheduled for up to two hours. A faculty/staff advisor will be required to be in attendance.

Participant requirements:

  • At least 6-feet of distance must be maintained between participants.
  • All participants must complete the COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checker before entering the building.
  • All participants MUST always wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, while inside the building (and the reserved space/room).
  • Individuals are only permitted to consume food and beverages in the designated eating areas and no food or drinks will be allowed in any reserved space.
  • All participants must sign in for the meeting/event. Bulldog Connect or paper sign-in sheets can be used. Bulldog Connect is preferred but paper sheets will be available at the University Center Information Desk/CLACS Office and must be returned to the University Center Information desk at the end of the meeting/event.

Flu Shots

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the viruses that cause both the flu and COVID-19 will spread this fall and winter. Therefore, it will be important to obtain a flu shot this year. Students are able to schedule a flu shot through the Healthy Dog portal. The upcoming employee drive-thru flu shot clinic scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 13 on the Big Rapids campus has been cancelled, as well as the one scheduled at KCAD. Please stay tuned for reschedule dates and times. Flu shots may also be available in your local area through your local health department and other retail establishments. Click here for more information on the flu from the District Health Department #10.

Other Important Information/Reminders

 Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker daily and stay home if you are sick

  • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
  • Practice social distancing (6 feet)
  • Practice good hand washing/sanitizing often
  • Conduct group or staff meetings remotely as much as possible (use Zoom, MS Teams, etc.)
  • Stay to the right when using hallways and stairwells
  • Limit only 2-people riding in an elevator at one time
  • Be aware of any additional social distancing guidelines that may be posted on the doors and hallways of different campus buildings. 

As always, all Re-entry communications to faculty, staff and students, and other important information regarding the University’s re-engagement efforts are available on the Coronavirus Updates Hub webpage. Please continue to check this page frequently for updates.

-The FSU Re-entry Committee