Message to Students

August 25, 2020

Good evening Bulldogs!

We are excited to share a new, online, comprehensive resource, the Ferris Forward Together Student Reengagement Guide. This guide will help you understand all of the tremendous services, programs, and engagement opportunities available at Ferris this fall! 

Additionally, please take some time to review the important information below. Understanding, respecting and living these expectations will be critical for everyone’s safe and successful return to campus. 

EXPECTATIONS PRIOR TO YOUR RETURN

  1. Monitor your health. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who is presumed positive or who has tested positive for COVID-19, do not return to campus at this time. Please contact your health care provider and get a COVID-19 test. Only travel to campus after you have been cleared by your health care provider to do so.
  2. Minimize your contact with others and avoid large gatherings – even if you do not feel sick or have symptoms, to minimize the chance that you will be exposed to COVID-19.
  3. Follow all CDC guidelines regarding face coverings, physical/social distancing, and good hygiene practices.
  4. Watch these three brief videos:
    1. CDC Recommendations & Information about COVID-19 from our District Health Department
    2. The importance of wearing a mask
    3. Mask Safety at Ferris State
  5. Familiarize yourself with the Ferris Forward Together Bond and the expectations for all Bulldogs both on and off-campus this fall.

EXPECTATIONS WHEN RETURNING (on and off-campus)

  1. Complete the daily self-screening Symptom Checker when on-campus, coming to campus, and when working remotely.
  2. Wear face coverings over your nose and mouth inside university and public buildings and outside when physical/social distancing of six feet cannot be maintained.
  3. Stay at your personal residence when feeling ill.
  4. Practice good personal hygiene including frequent hand washing of at least 20 seconds.
  5. Avoid large gatherings and crowds.
  6. Stay to the right when entering and walking through university buildings and stairwells.
  7. Limit campus elevators to two people at a time and use the stairs if you are able.
  8. Answer your phone when called to help maximize the effectiveness of contact tracing.
  9. Report a positive COVID-19 test result to the University. 
  10. Follow all Public Health directives including contact tracing, quarantining and self-isolating.

LIMITING DENSITY IN CLASSROOM BUILDINGS

To manage building, floor, and classroom density, we ask students to:

  • Remain in your vehicle or outside of the building and not enter buildings until 10 minutes to the start of class.
  • Exit classrooms directly following class and utilize faculty virtual office hours for questions that normally would be asked directly before or after class.

OFF-CAMPUS HEALTH & SAFETY

With all we have learned about this global pandemic these past five months, it is clear that mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and protecting public health requires that all of us take personal responsibility and adjust our behaviors. This includes wearing a mask, maintaining physical/social distance, not gathering in groups larger than 10 indoors and 100 outdoors, practicing good personal hygiene, and all the other actions/expectations listed above.

Our community is capable of rising to the challenges before us as we re-enter campus and statewide locations. To do otherwise, will put your health at risk and the health and safety of our entire Ferris State and local communities at risk. 

Social gatherings and events both on and off-campus are permitted only to the extent that individuals not of the same household stay six feet apart and adhere to the limit of 10 people or fewer indoors, and 100 people or fewer outdoors (see the Reengagement Guide for additional details on events with food, alcohol, and other beverages).

Our staff will be working closely with campus and local law enforcement, and local property owners and apartment complex managers, to enforce limits on gatherings and ensure compliance with the other Public Health guidelines. Public health concerns involving individual students and/or student group behavior can be reported to the Office of Student Conduct through our Public Health COVID-19 Concern Form.

As a community, we will continue to remind everyone of these expectations and requirements, and to hold each other accountable. Those who choose not to follow these expectations and requirements will be held accountable through the University’s disciplinary process and if applicable with municipal sanctions/fines. Minimally, students found in violation will jeopardize their ability to continue in-person at Ferris this fall. Individuals found responsible for hosting large gatherings may face additional discipline up to and including suspension from the University.

We must all step up and follow these important public health guidelines to keep all of us safe.  Thank you for continuing to do your part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

WHERE CAN I GET A FERRIS BRANDED FACE COVERING?

A Ferris branded face covering will be included in every residential student’s room assignment upon check-in.  Commuter students in Big Rapids may pick-up their mask under a tent in front of the University Center or the Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC) on Monday or Tuesday next week.  Masks will then be available in the Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services (CLACS) in the University Center.  Statewide students will receive their mask in the mail at their permanent address.  Students attending Kendall College of Art and Design can pick up their KCAD branded and Ferris branded masks next week, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. at distribution tables located in the lobbies of each campus building.

Additional branded facemasks are available for purchase from the Ferris Bookstore.

For answers to other frequently asked questions, visit our student specific FAQ

HOW TO ACCESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please continue to check your email for updates and frequently visit the University’s COVID-19 webpage for updated information.  You may also continue to direct other unanswered questions to the appropriate contact listed below:

  • For academic questions, contact your advisor or your academic dean's office:
    • College of Arts and Sciences: 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:
      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 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]

The first two weeks of class feature plenty of opportunities to engage and connect with your fellow students while learning more about Ferris State University (in-person and virtually). Be sure to check out our event schedule.

Medical studies regarding COVID-19 and immunity, and whether infection equals immunity, are continuing.  At this time, it is unclear as to the level of antibodies required to prevent individuals from becoming infected with the virus more than once.  Given this, if you have already had COVID-19, it is still advised that you proceed as if you can become infected again.  Take some time to educate yourself on the latest science on COVID-19 and debunk the myths

Take good care, act consistent with our Bulldog values, and stay safe. 

Let’s all move #FerrisForwardTogether. 

Joy N. Pulsifer
Dean of Student Life