January News Announcements 2019

January 16, 2019

Welcome back to campus, Bulldogs!

Please take a few minutes to read the announcements below regarding upcoming programs and on-going initiatives that are provided by DPS.

Food for Fines

Beginning February 1st, students with unpaid parking tickets issued during January of 2019 will be able to pay parking fines with non-perishable, non-expired food items. Payment must be made in the Parking Office during business hours. DPS will only accept items until end of business February 8th.

Food for Fines “payments” are as follows:

  • 5 items are equal to a $10 ticket
  • 10 items are equal to a $20 ticket
  • 2 items are equal to a $5 late fee
  • $100 tickets excluded (Fire Lane & Handicap violations)

All goods collected will be donated to Wesley House, the student run food pantry on campus, located at 628 South Warren Avenue, Big Rapids MI. If you are interested in volunteering with Wesley House, contact them via their Facebook (FSU Student Food Pantry) or email [email protected].

Bulldogs Text Tips

The purpose of the Bulldogs Text Tip program is to be an anonymous crime reporting tool available to students, staff, faculty, and members of the University community. Crime information can be reported confidentially by calling (231) 591-5900 or by sending an e-mail or text to [email protected].

Safety Escort Services

Public Safety will escort you from one campus location to another by a sworn police officer or student foot patrol unit. Call DPS at (231) 591-5000 and ask the dispatcher for an escort. After collecting some information, a unit will be dispatched to your location and will walk with you to your destination.

RAD – Rape Aggression Defense

The Rape Aggression Defense Program is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The Department of Public Safety hosts these programs throughout the academic year. RAD is NOT a martial arts program.

The Spring 2019 dates have not been selected. If you are interested in participating this spring, please e-mail [email protected] to be added to the list. The class sizes are limited to 20-25 participants. Once dates are selected, we will contact the interested students who signed up.

For more information about RAD, visit the webpage here.

Emergency Text Alerts

Sign up to receive official Ferris State University emergency text alerts, so you are the first to know about time-sensitive campus safety issues and closings due to weather or other disruptions. Details can be found at https://ferris.edu/it/howto/emergencytextalerts.htm.