Re-entry Committee Update (Sept. 20, 2021)
The Re-entry Committee has several new updates to share with you.
Status of OSHA Vaccine Mandate
Earlier this month, President Biden announced that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) soon would require all private employers with more than 100 employees to require workers to become vaccinated or submit to weekly COVID-19 tests. This is expected to affect colleges and universities as well; however, the details are unclear at this time.
The OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) is expected to be released soon, possibly this week. The Re-entry Committee is watching this closely and will keep the University community updated as developments arise.
COVID-19 Vaccines Still Available
We continue to strongly encourage all faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. If you have not been vaccinated and would like to be, please contact Birkam Health Center at x2614, Option 2, to set up an appointment. Or, you can visit www.vaccines.gov for area vaccination sites across the state.
Once you are fully vaccinated, please document your “Fully Vaccinated for COVID-19 Documentation” status in the symptom checker. The form is located directly under “COVID-19 Daily Check-in for Employees.”
Get the Facts About the Vaccine
Information & Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the University requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for students?
Ferris State University is NOT requiring the COVID-19 vaccine to attend; however, we are strongly encouraging everyone to receive it, as we know this is the best way to assure community health and to avoid the disruptions seen across the country this past year from COVID-19.
Is the University requiring COVID-19 testing during move-in week?
Yes, all students living on-campus are required to participate in free COVID-19 testing upon move-in.
Will COVID-19 testing be available like it was last semester?
Yes. Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing (for those who have NO symptoms) is currently available for faculty, staff and students at the Pharmacy Care Clinic on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 3-4:30 p.m., and Wednesdays from 12-1:30 p.m. You can “Schedule an Asymptomatic COVID-19 Test” right from the Coronavirus Updates Hub webpage. Or, testing is also available at Birkam Health Center Monday through Friday by appointment. Please call x2614, Option 2, if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Do Your Part
Check Your Symptoms
Use the Symptom Checker every day to stay on top of how you're feeling. Everyone is required to complete it every day before coming to campus. If you're not feeling well, stay home.
Report a Positive Test Result
It is critical to report a positive test result to us so we can immediately begin taking measures to protect our community, even if you are not exhibiting symptoms and feel fine. We will never release your information to the general public.
Mask Up Indoors
As of Aug. 12, 2021, you must wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Thank you!