Message to Students

Good morning Bulldogs!

I would like to share several updates and important information with you.

Student Flu Shot Clinic on Big Rapids Campus Today

When: Friday, October 30th, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: North Quad - by the Free Pumpkin Carving
Who: All FSU students - bring ID
Cost: Free!

Wear clothing that makes it easy to access the upper portion of your arm. Face coverings must be worn at all times.

Halloween Events This Weekend

Visit Bulldog News for all the fun activities planned for Halloween Weekend, including Friday’s free Pumpkin Carving and Halloweentown Drive-in Movie!  KCAD students, please check your Ferris email for upcoming events hosted by the Student Success Division.

Complete the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates Survey

Two emails have been sent to all undergraduate students with a unique link to the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) survey. The survey is designed to help assess, from our students’ perspective, the racial climate at Ferris State University. This information should prove useful to improve our diversity and inclusion efforts and the experiences of all students. The first 1,000 students who complete the survey will receive a $5 Starbucks e-gift card. All students’ voices and opinions are important and needed for this survey to be successful. Please consider completing the survey before it closes on Nov. 18, 2020.

Reserve Your 2021-2022 On-campus Housing Today!

Students who continue to live on-campus enjoy great convenience, are more involved, and graduate at a higher rate!  Get your first-choice assignment, receive great discounts, and be eligible to win prizes.  FMI: including details of upcoming information sessions, visit Early Contracting.

Vote Tuesday, November 3

Copied below is The Bulldog’s Q&A Guide to Voting in the 2020 Presidential Election, written by the Ferris State Political Engagement Project.

I have an absentee ballot that I’ve completed. I signed the envelope and need to return the ballot so it can be counted. How do I do that?

The outcome of recent court challenges has changed the timeframe in which mailed ballots can be accepted and counted in the 2020 General Election. In Michigan, all ballots must be received by the appropriate Clerk’s office by 8:00 p.m. on election day to be counted. Due to concerns about mail processing time, it is now recommended that anyone still in possession of an absentee ballot NOT use the mail to return their ballot, as USPS has stated it cannot guarantee a mailed ballot will arrive before the deadline. Ballots should be hand-delivered to the appropriate Clerk’s office. Many offices have extended hours and drop box locations for the collection of ballots. You can find your clerk’s office using this tool:

https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Clerk.

Note: Michigan law states that only an immediate family member or someone living at the same address can drop off a ballot for someone who does not personally return it.

I want to register to vote or vote early in person. How do I do that?

First, find your Clerk’s office using the link shown above. Next, make a plan to go to the Clerk’s office during its listed business hours. Once there, you’ll be able to register to vote. Be sure to bring proof of residency (driver’s license, state ID, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document). Digital copies are acceptable! Whether you register on that day or previously, you can also vote early by requesting a ballot while at the Clerk’s office. You can fill it out on site and hand it back to the Clerk immediately.

I plan on voting at the polls on election day. How do I do that?

Reference either your Michigan Voter Identification Card or the MI SOS website to find your polling location. Make a plan to vote (polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.), mask up, practice social distancing, and be sure not to wear any candidate or political clothing – those items are prohibited within 100ft of polling places.

Once at the polls, be patient and have fun! As long as you are in line before 8 p.m. on election day, you will be allowed to vote. Remember that no one has any right to ask you questions, deter you from voting or intimidate you while voting. Report any concerns to the Michigan Attorney General’s office at 517-335-7659 or [email protected].  Note: You do not need to have an ID to vote in the state of Michigan. Poll workers will ask you for it, but if you’ve forgotten it you can sign an affidavit of identity and then cast your ballot.

Can I register using my campus or local address?

Yes, students can register and vote from their campus/local address without changing their residency status or driver’s license information.

What if “home” is not in Michigan? Can I still register and vote from my campus address?

Yes, out-of-state students can register using their campus address.

Is it too late to register?

No! You can register and vote at your Clerk’s office up until 8 p.m. on election day!

FMI: visit MichiganVoting.org and MichiganVoting.org. These are comprehensive nonpartisan websites, and we want to ensure that students have all the resources they need in order to fully participate in our democracy this November. 

COVID-19 Dashboard Update 

All positive cases reported that are associated with Ferris State University are reported on the COVID-19 Dashboard Monday through Friday by 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday numbers are reported in Monday’s totals. Last week the University reported 39 new cases (10/20-10/23). 

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should schedule a virtual visit through the Birkam Health Center Healthy Dog Portal in your MyFSU or visit the State of Michigan’s online directory of testing site locations for other testing site options.

What is Quarantine?

Quarantine: Individuals identified as high-risk for contracting COVID-19 due to an exposure to someone with COVID-19, but not currently experiencing symptoms    

  • Time-frame: 14 days from last exposure to sequester away from others to avoid possible transmission, if become ill, or if they’re infected but asymptomatic 
    • People in quarantine can leave for health appointments 
  • Should be tested 5-7 days after exposure to determine if positive (see “isolation”)
  • No one can “test out of quarantine,” a negative test result does not end quarantine 
  • While in quarantine, it is important to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms 
  • CDC defines CONTACT as “any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more of laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients” 
    • 15 minutes is cumulative over a 24-hour period (i.e. several minutes long interactions over an entire day within 6 feet of each other) 
    • Follow mitigation strategies such as practicing social distancing, avoiding crowds, wearing a face-covering, and good hand hygiene will prevent having to quarantine 
  • Being a “contact of a contact” does not mean you have to quarantine  

What is Isolation?

Isolation: Individuals who are ill/tested positive/presumed positive for COVID-19    

  • Time frame: 10 days since symptoms first appeared + symptoms improving + 24 hours with no fever (non-medicated) 
  • Isolated individuals need to separate from all others, including those living in the same house/structure 
  • Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should not test again for 12 weeks 
  • A negative test is not required to return to normal activities (see time frame above) 
  • Direction to contact healthcare provider if begin experiencing symptoms or symptoms worsen. Will be instructed to contact 911 in case of an emergency

Conversations that Matter, Thursday, November 12 at 6 p.m.

You are invited to join the Ferris State University President, Provost, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Vice President for Student Affairs, and the President of Kendall College of Art and Design to discuss your experience at Ferris State.  Join the virtual listening session on ZOOM at https://zoom.us/j/96488913552.

Registration for Spring 2021

If you have not done so already, please make an appointment with your advisor to discuss your plans for spring and to create a wish list of courses prior to your registration date. 

Stay Healthy This Halloween 

With various community Halloween activities occurring this weekend, please remember to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and wash your hands often, to keep you and others safe and healthy. Helpful tips for Halloween activities are available on the CDC’s website

With just four weeks until Thanksgiving break, your efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 continue to be appreciated and critical to a successful fall semester. Thank you for your careful attention to the COVID-19 health and safety protocols that have helped us keep the University open. Thank you for making this success possible.  As we enter the cold months, a time when respiratory illnesses are adept at spreading, do not let up on the efforts that are working including maintaining physical/social distance, wearing a face covering over the nose and mouth, practicing good personal hygiene, staying at your personal residence when feeling ill, and limiting your social gatherings to your small social family.

Best regards,

Joy N. Pulsifer,
Dean of Student Life