President's Message to Campus

March 15, 2020 (5:00 PM)

To share as much information as possible about emerging information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our campus community, an update will be issued between 4 and 5 p.m. each day, as needed. Below are today’s updates:

  • Beginning Monday, March 16, the entrance to most campus buildings and facilities will be locked. Please remember to bring your building keys with you when you arrive to your campus location. If you do not have a key to the building and need to gain entrance, call your supervisor or the phone number listed on special COVID-19 signage located on the front door.

  • It is important that we continue to implement the practice of “social distancing.” The CDC recommends social distancing, meaning “remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others” when possible. Social distancing involves people avoiding contact with each other in order to stop the spread of the virus through a community.

  • It is essential that all students, faculty and staff to report travel within the past two weeks to the MyFSU travel portal. This has already proved to be a valuable resource to keep our University community safe. Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated.

  • Other than residence halls, the East Campus Suites, on-campus apartments, the Rock Café, the Birkam Health Center, and the Department of Public Safety, all other Ferris State facilities are closed to students and the public at this time. Additionally, nonresidential students and other guests will not be permitted inside residence halls.

  • The Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy and Optometry Clinics are closed to the public until further notice.

  • Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its impact to our daily lives, the Birkam Health Center has created information and resources on coping with COVID-19 anxiety.

  • Links to the most recent messages to campus are on our Coronavirus webpage: faculty and staff, students and parents.

  • There is a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions for faculty, staff and students located on Ferris' Coronavirus webpage.

  • The University has activated (800) 433-7747 as a hotline staffed by campus employees and volunteers who can help answer questions from the university community. It is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • The Rapid 100 shuttle service from Grand Rapids to Big Rapids has been suspended until further notice. The Big Rapids DART shuttle service continues.

  • Students are able to utilize tutoring through the Academic Support Center with virtual tutoring starting Monday, March 16. Appointments can be scheduled through Tutor Trac.

  • The United States has been elevated to an "Alert - Level 2" status by the CDC.

  • The CDC has created flyers on how to best keep your home and your workplace safe. This is useful information from the CDC website.

  • The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services created a statewide hotline. Public health and other experts will answer health-related questions about COVID-19 and direct residents to the right resources in their local communities. The hotline will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (888) 535-6136.

There are many significant changes happening to help keep our campus safe. If you have questions or need additional information, please first view Ferris' Coronavirus webpage. There is much useful information there. Next consult with your supervisor, director, chair or department chair. If additional assistance is needed please call or e-mail your dean or vice president’s office.

These can be stressful times. Please treat others with kindness and respect. Each of us working together can help make our University a better place during this period. Thank you for your extra efforts to keep our campus operating and to support the education of our students.

David L. Eisler, president