Public Safety Sets Student Parking Rates for 2019-20, Announces New Initiatives

In preparation for the start of the 2019-20 academic year, the Department of Public Safety has announced the newly-approved student parking permit rate in addition to several important initiatives that are aligned with the department’s commitment to maintaining a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The University recently approved a new student parking permit rate of $130 – an increase of $30. In comparison to peer universities, Ferris’ new 2019-20 rate is the Lower Peninsula’s lowest. The most recent student parking rate increase occurred eight years ago.

Students may order their parking permits online using the MyParking Portal, accessible through MyFSU.

DPS Director Bruce Borkovich has detailed the new initiatives that will be made possible:

  • The purchase of software to ensure the Annual Security Report is appropriately prepared and in accordance with requirements of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, commonly referred to as the Clery Act. Strict compliance with this law is required to inform anyone interested in the annual crime statistics, crime prevention efforts, and education and programming initiatives for any University that receives federal funding.
  • The purchase of a social media monitoring tool, Social Sentinel. This software provides 24-hour monitoring of social media focusing on ‘language of harm.’ If specific ‘language of harm’ is detected, DPS is notified to initiate an investigation to determine if a credible threat exists.
  • The sponsorship of an on-campus Advanced Threat Assessment conference in August 2019. This training is provided by Gavin de Becker & Associates, and is considered the premier threat assessment training that is available. This conference is specifically designed to create a collaborative University-wide effort to recognize and prevent any threat to the campus community. Conference attendees will include several Ferris police officers and command staff, staff from Student Affairs, Human Resources, Auxiliary Enterprises/Housing, Academic Affairs, General Counsel’s office, Birkam Health Center, Physical Plant, Athletics, and Advancement and Marketing. Representatives from local law enforcement agencies will be in attendance, as well as representatives of the police departments from several Michigan universities.
  • The purchase of a Threat Assessment software tool, MOSIAC, to help evaluate whether a person of concern poses a threat to the campus community. This tool will be used by the University Threat Assessment Team.

“The protection of a campus community from harm has three components: recognizing and preventing a threat, responding to an active threat, and the business continuity of the University after a threat has been mitigated,” Borkovich said. “The police department at Ferris is continuously training to better recognize and address any threats to the campus to prevent an attack, as well as training to respond to an attack that threatens the campus community. We have purchased additional equipment and implemented advanced tactical training for our police officers to ensure that we are prepared to respond if an attack occurs.”

For detailed information, about student vehicle registration, information, visit: https://www.ferris.edu/parking