Message to Students

August 27, 2020

Dear Students,

As we start the new academic year, our top priorities remain your education and minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission.  We are writing today to remind you of our community standards designed to help keep you and other members of our community healthy. 

Faculty and staff at Ferris have worked diligently over the past five months to make fundamental changes to every aspect of our on-campus experience.  Our goals have been to find ways to support students in continuing with an on-campus learning experience, while also keeping our communities healthy.  As colleges are reopening across the country, college student behavior has caused many institutions to reconsider their offerings of on-campus learning. 

What happens at Ferris is now also your responsibility.  Your decisions, both on and off-campus matter, and may ultimately be the greatest determinate in a successful on-campus learning experience.  We know how important it is for you to be back together at Ferris, and we ask that you keep this top of mind as you make decisions about how you spend your time on and off campus.

We have previously shared with you our University expectations.  Developing these habits are necessary for living and learning in our community this year.  We have heard some students talking this past week about taking advantage of a perceived limited time together by partying.  We recently received two complaints; including video footage involving gatherings off-campus where students were not social distancing or wearing face coverings.  We are actively working with the property managers responsible for the locations where these gatherings took place to identify the students involved and to work to prevent future gatherings.  Student Conduct will be contacting those determined to have attended and appropriate actions will be taken which may include separation from the University.  Students who are separated will not receive a refund of their tuition.

Your efforts to protect yourself, your friends and family, and your fellow Bulldogs begin now. 

To further minimize the likelihood that you may become infected or infect others with COVID-19, we urge you not to host or attend parties or gatherings where you cannot keep physical/social distance between all people, even if they are outside. Any plans to host or attend parties or other large social events will put our plans for an in-person semester at risk.

Our actions this fall may impact our roommates, classmates and other close contacts. If you contract COVID-19, your roommate(s) and close contacts will be required to quarantine.  Be vigilant about wearing a mask, maintain physical/social distancing, and wash your hands thoroughly to protect yourself and others. Talk with your roommates and friends and create social circles and norms that support mask wearing, physical distancing, and hand washing. Hold each other accountable.

As we consider the days and weeks ahead, it is likely we will continue to face uncertainty and complexity. As students arrive back to campus, we will certainly have to reconsider some decisions that we thought at the time were the right but ultimately, were not. This will require that we all continue to be flexible, nimble, and adaptable — traits that will serve us all well now and into the future.

Finally, we would like to provide you with a link to our COVID-19 dashboard so that you can easily see the results of our testing program and other important data.

Thank you for choosing Ferris State for your education and thank you for acting consistent with our Bulldog values.  Stay safe and make good choices so we can all move #FerrisForwardTogether.


Joy Pulsifer, Dean of Student Life
Jeanine Ward-Roof, Vice President for Student Affairs
David L. Eisler, President

Questions? Don’t know who to contact?

If you have questions over the next few days and are not quite sure what office to contact, please send your inquiry to [email protected].