Message to Students

March 25, 2020 (6:00 PM)

Dear Bulldogs,

I hope that you are beginning to find ways through this unprecedented time to a “new normal” and coping as well as you can. We continue to think of all of you and are grateful for you and our entire Bulldog community, now more than ever. 

A special shout out to welcome back our study abroad students and faculty who were in Peru and arrived back to Michigan Tuesday. We are so thankful to have you home! In addition, we are grateful for the Birkam Health Center, the College of Health Professions, the College of Optometry, the College of Pharmacy and the College of Arts and Sciences, who donated Personal Protective Equipment locally to assist the Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital in caring for sick patients. In all the mess, if you look for it, you can still find incredible beauty.

Here are today’s important updates, answers to your most frequent questions, and reminders:

Ferris State Bookstore Updates

Protect Your Health and Well-being

Virtual tutoring is available

Appointments, between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM, Monday through Thursday, and 9 AM and 1 PM on Friday, can be scheduled online through your MyFSU STUDENT tab, then Academic Support, and then TutorTrac Login. The University Writing Center will offer online, real-time synchronous writing consultation services Monday through Thursday, 9:00AM – 8:00PM and on Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM. To schedule an appointment, visit the Writing Center’s scheduling client.

Collecting Personal Belongings from the Residence Halls has been Suspended during the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order

Housing students that are storing items in their on-campus residence will not have access to those items through the duration of the order. If you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact the Housing Office at 231-591-3745, or email at [email protected]. Once the order is lifted, please visit the housing website for information on when you will be able to reserve a time to retrieve your items. Please do all you can to adhere to the executive order and stay safe.

Student Hardship Fund

We continue to use University resources to assist students who are in need. At the same time, many within our community - faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends – have reached out to ask how they can help. In response to their requests, and with gratitude for their generous spirit, we have created the Student Hardship Fund. The Student Hardship Fund is dedicated to providing support to all students in need during this difficult time.

If you are a student in need, please email [email protected] to request up to $300. Include “Hardship Request” in the subject field and a brief description of your situation and need in the body of your email.

Temporary-Use Laptops

The IT Solution Center has temporary laptops available for use. Please submit a work order via the Self-Service Portal or call the IT Solution Center at (231) 591-4822, and include any special software requirements you may have.

Withdrawal Date Extended to May 1

If you are considering a course or total withdrawal and want to discuss the implications and process to do so, please contact [email protected] for assistance. The deadline to withdraw from classes still in progress and receive a "W" grade has been extended to May 1.

Withdrawing from some courses while remaining enrolled in others in the same term has different financial aid consequences than withdrawing from all spring courses. After emailing advising, if you are considering withdrawing from a course, multiple courses, or all your courses, and you are a financial aid recipient, please connect with a financial aid counselor by email at [email protected] or by phone at 231-598-8210, to discuss any potential impact on your current or future financial aid/eligibility.

We are Here2Help

Continue to watch for important updates, including how we will honor our graduating seniors, registration information for Summer 2020 and Fall 2021, and other announcements by monitoring your Ferris email and visiting our coronavirus website.

Please find the contact information for the offices within Student Affairs and how to reach us while we are providing remote support for students 8 AM - 5 PM, Monday — Friday at

I will continue to provide updates, as I have them. In the meantime, continue to take care of yourselves and protect the most vulnerable. Please stay home and stay safe. 


Joy N. Pulsifer
Dean of Student Life