Weather/Emergency Alerts

How You Will Be Notified

Ferris State University will cancel classes or close only under the most severe conditions. In the event it is necessary to cancel classes or close the University, officials will make every effort to ensure that such announcements are made as early as possible. Due to the uniqueness of the University's operations, it is quite possible the University will hold classes on days when the public schools in the area are closed. Because the Big Rapids campus is a residential student campus, it will always be open to students residing on campus no matter how severe the weather. This means that the University will make every attempt to continue to provide vital services such as Dining Services, Health Center, Telecommunications, Residential Life, Physical Plant and Public Safety as well as to keep the Library, Convocation Center/Wink Arena, Sports Complex, Racquet Facility and Student Recreation Center open during severe weather (See University Closing Or Cancelling Of Classes Policy).

If classes are canceled or the University closes, officials use multiple methods to reach members of the University community to notify them of the situation. The primary methods of alerting people include the following:

Web: The Ferris State University homepage,, serves as the primary source of information updates on winter weather class cancellations/closures or other emergencies. This is the best place to check first for the status of whether Ferris is open or closed due to weather conditions. Off-campus class cancellations or closures are reported on the Ferris statewide/online website at

Text Messaging: 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.

Ferris Facebook and Twitter: Official weather/emergency alerts are posted on the Ferris Facebook site at and the Ferris Twitter site at

Phone: To find out about the status of classes during winter weather or for other emergency notices, call the University's information hotline at (231) 591-5602. The University also uses a phone fan out system to notify Emergency Response Team members as well as phone trees within colleges/departments/units.

Media: Ferris subscribes to the service GRAILweb that allows a message to be posted and then distributed broadly to television and radio stations in the region who also subscribe to GRAIL. The media will then post our message on their websites under school closings or as a scrolling message across the bottom of the TV screen. Information is also posted on the official Ferris Facebook site.

Other: Other methods of communication may include the following: University-wide Notices (faculty and staff email system), MyFSU student portal announcement channels, outdoor electronic signs, outdoor broadcast system, instant messaging to classroom computers, an emergency alert system which allows a message to be broadcast on Ferris Cable Channel 7, and direct contact through the posting of notices and safety information throughout the residence halls and academic buildings or other locations on campus (provided circumstances allow this).