Message to Students

September 16, 2020

Good morning Bulldogs!

The Student Recreation Center will re-open for students on Thursday!

Recently, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-176 re-opening gyms with restrictions. On Thursday, September 17, we will begin re-opening the Student Recreation Center (SRC) for students to participate in indoor fitness activities. The safety and health of our students and staff are still our top priority.  For more information on the University Recreation Center reopening phases, including hours and instructions for making reservations, please visit https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/studentlife/u-rec/reopening.htm.

Update your current contact information by Friday at 5 p.m. for a chance to win a $250 scholarship!

Ferris State University is required to maintain updated address and emergency contact information for all enrolled students.  This information is maintained for your benefit so that University officials will be able to contact you or someone on your behalf in the event of an emergency.  This information is also critical for contact tracing communication.

Please take a moment now to review your local address and cell phone number in MyFSU using the link “Verify/Update Address” which can be found in the MyRecords channel for Students. From the main MyFSU page click on Student, then click on the MyRecords icon, and click on the Verify/Update Addresses in the left hand column. Select “Local” to update your local address and “Cell Phone” to provide the most up-to-date mobile number.

The process is simple, takes five minutes or less, and we will enter all students who update their information this week into a drawing for one of four $250 scholarships!

Click the link for the local address or cell phone number to edit or use the drop down to add a new type.

Ferris State University adheres to the privacy guidelines regulated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the emergency contact information you provide is secure and confidential.  Under FERPA guidelines, your academic information is private and designating an emergency contact does not give that individual any access to your academic records.  Emergency contact information will only be used in the event of an emergency and never disclosed for any other reason. 

Phase 2 CARES Grants are still available for Fall 2020 enrolled students.

More information and a link to the application can be found here. Note: you will need to log onto MyFSU to complete the application. 

What does it mean to be a contact for purposes of contact tracing?

The Centers for Disease Control defines a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.  For students, a contact could be roommates/suitemates, housemates, intimate partners - anyone who has been in contact within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes. It could also be someone with whom they shared personal items such as a cup, lip balm, or a vape.  Contacts are directed to quarantine for 14 days from the day they last had close contact with the positive case.  If you have contact with someone identified as a close contact of a positive individual, but not with the positive individual, you are generally considered a tertiary contact and are advised to self-monitor for symptoms, but not directed to quarantine.

If I am identified as a close contact and directed to quarantine, can I test out of quarantine with a negative COVID-19 result?

No. The test measures infection, not exposure.  There is an incubation period for COVID-19 of 2-14 days. Someone can be exposed on a Monday, not develop an infection yet on a Tuesday and test negative, but then develop an infection on Wednesday. Hence, contacts are required to quarantine for 14 days regardless of testing results.

We appreciate your strong efforts to keep yourselves and our community safe.  Please stay tuned for more information and stay healthy.

Best regards,

Joy N. Pulsifer
Dean of Student Life