Coronavirus Campus Information and Updates

All face-to-face classes, lectures, labs and classroom activities have been suspended and are being replaced with remote learning delivery methods. All Summer 2020 courses will be delivered remotely. The University is preparing for in-person classes this fall.

Resources have been developed to keep the learning experience as consistent as possible, while also keeping students and faculty safe: ferris.edu/Academic-Continuity.

University Re-entry Planning

Updated Aug. 5, 2020 (3:30 PM)

Led by Vice President for Student Affairs Jeanine Ward-Roof, the Re-entry Committee has representatives from every division and is working collaboratively to develop plans for a prudent and sustainable public re-engagement based on several key outcomes relative to the preparations and implementations necessary, including:

  • Create a comprehensive plan that guides when and how to safely re-open and/or deliver in-person campus operations and activities.
  • Ensure the plan is inclusive and supportive of the high-quality teaching and engagement opportunities while operating in a safe manner consistent with federal and state mandates and/or guidelines.
  • Promote the use of the plan across all the University to ensure consistent application of actionable items as appropriate within various divisions and units. 

Preliminary planning is underway for a safe and gradual public re-engagement of University operations. Information on each phase of our plan is listed below. These plans are fluid and will continue to be influenced by local, state and federal guidance. Please check this site often as plans will continue to be updated.

 
  • Target Dates: May 20 – July 12 (Limited, essential services on campus)

    Most employees will continue to work remotely through July 12. If supervisors believe they should bring their department back to campus prior to July 12, the following must be completed:

    • Develop a Re-engagement Plan with their vice president and Office of Safety, Health, Environmental & Risk Management (and Lab Safety when applicable).
    • Obtain final approval from their vice president.
    • Ensure employees coming back to work on campus have viewed the four COVID-19 training tutorials either before coming back to work on campus or within the first week of returning. (Organization ID: ferrisstateuniversity/User ID: Your Banner Employee ID# or FSU Student ID#)
      • COVID-19 Plan, Prepare, and Respond (Educational Institutions)
      • COVID-19 Video: How to wear a Mask (OSHA)
      • COVID-19 Video: Proper Handwashing (CDC)
      • COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines


    If a department or employee is notified they should return to work on campus, supervisors must e-mail or provide in-person the approved Re-engagement Plan to all departmental employees prior to their return to campus or at the start of their first day of work on campus.

    When returning to work on campus, please be aware of the following protocols. Employees should

    • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker daily and stay home if you are sick
    • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
    • Practice social distancing
    • Follow the guidelines in the department’s Re-engagement Plan

    If an employee is continuing to work remotely during this phase, but needs to come to campus, he/she should

    • Contact supervisor for further instructions
    • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker and stay home if you are sick
    • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
    • Practice social distancing
    • Come alone, do not bring guests or family members
    • Notify supervisor of your whereabouts in the building so they can incorporate cleaning protocols by contacting Physical Plant. 


    If your employees have concerns regarding returning to campus this summer and/or fall, please encourage them to contact Human Resources at [email protected] regarding available options.  

  • Target Dates: July 13 – Aug. 23 (Gradual return of additional staff and faculty as directed by divisions/departments)

    The re-engagement of most employees on campus will occur based on a phased process dependent on the work needs of each division or department.

    Supervisors, prior to contacting your department employees to return to work on campus, you must

    • Develop a Re-engagement Plan with your vice president and Office of Safety, Health, Environmental & Risk Management (and Lab Safety when applicable).
    • Obtain final approval from your vice president.
    • E-mail or provide in-person the approved Re-engagement Plan to all of your department’s employees prior to their return to campus or at the start of their first day of work on campus.
    • Ensure employees coming back to work on campus have viewed the four COVID-19 training tutorials either before coming back to work on campus or within the first week of returning. (Organization ID: ferrisstateuniversity/User ID: Your Banner Employee ID# or FSU Student ID#)
      • COVID-19 Plan, Prepare, and Respond (Educational Institutions)
      • COVID-19 Video: How to wear a Mask (OSHA)
      • COVID-19 Video: Proper Handwashing (CDC)
      • COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines


    The following is also recommended for supervisors:

    • Encourage workers to stay home if sick.
    • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes.
    • Provide a place to wash hands or alcohol-based hand rubs containing at least 60% alcohol.
    • Establish flexible worksites (e.g., working remotely) and flexible work hours (e.g., staggered shifts), if feasible.
    • Discourage employees from using other employees’ phones, desks, or other work tools and equipment.
    • Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces, equipment, and other elements of the work environment.
    • Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved cleaning chemicals with label claims against the coronavirus.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use of all cleaning and disinfection products.
    • Encourage workers to report any safety and health concerns. 


    All employees who are asked to return to work on campus must review the department’s Re-engagement Plan in advance with their supervisor. Additionally, all employees should

    • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker daily and stay home if you are sick
    • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
    • Practice social distancing (6 feet)
    • Practice good hand washing/sanitizing often
    • Conduct group or staff meetings remotely as much as possible (using Zoom, MS Teams, etc.)
    • Stay to the right when using hallways and stairwells
    • Limit 2-people riding in an elevator at one time
    • Be aware of any additional social distancing guidelines that may be posted on the doors and hallways of different campus buildings.


    If your employees have concerns regarding returning to campus this summer and/or fall, please encourage them to contact Human Resources at 
    [email protected] regarding available options.  

  • Target Dates: Aug. 24 – Dec. 21 (Full return to in-person campus operations) 

    The majority, if not all faculty and staff, will return to their on-campus workspaces for all or part of their scheduled work week. Additionally, all departments should have approved Re-engagement Plans in-place, and all employees should continue to 

    • Complete the required COVID-19 Symptom Checker daily and stay home if you are sick
    • Wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.
    • Practice social distancing (6 feet)
    • Practice good hand washing/sanitizing often
    • Conduct group or staff meetings remotely as much as possible (use Zoom, MS Teams, etc.)
    • Stay to the right when using hallways and stairwells
    • Limit only 2-people riding in an elevator at one time
    • Be aware of any additional social distancing guidelines that may be posted on the doors and hallways of different campus buildings. 


    If your employees have concerns regarding returning to campus this summer and/or fall, please encourage them to contact Human Resources at [email protected] regarding available options.  

    1. Ferris Forward Together Re-engagement Guide (July 8, 2020)
    2. COVID-19 Safety Plan
    3. COVID-19 Re-engagement Plan Guidelines
    4. COVID-19 Symptom Checker
    5. COVID-19 Re-engagement Safety Quick Facts

    The FSU Re-entry Committee greatly appreciates the considerable efforts of supervisors to help build out these plans to ensure a safe and successful return to work. We understand these tools are new and this situation is unprecedented for everyone. If you have questions, please contact our committee at [email protected] for assistance. Together, we can keep our University and each other safe, well and moving forward toward the fall semester.

  • Monday Afternoon Update (August 3, 2020)

    FSU Re-entry Committee Virtual Town Hall and Presentation (July 29, 2020)

    Monday Afternoon Update (July 27, 2020)

    Monday Afternoon Update (July 20, 2020)

    Message from the FSU Re-entry Committee (July 10, 2020)

    Message from the FSU Re-entry Committee, including sample classroom images, mobile barrier and social distancing signage, and Video public service announcement regarding health and safety protocols for University faculty, staff and students. (July 8, 2020)

    Message from the FSU Re-entry Committee (June 25, 2020)

    Message from the Provost's Office (June 25, 2020)

    FSU Re-entry Committee Virtual Town Hall and Presentation (June 10, 2020)

    Message from the FSU Re-entry Committee (June 1, 2020)

    Message from the FSU Re-entry Committee (May 20, 2020)

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols have been heightened throughout campus in accordance with CDC guidelines to ensure all horizontal and vertical surfaces, along with critical touch points, will be addressed on a daily basis.

    The Custodial department will be putting forth enhanced disinfection efforts that would include, but are not limited to:

    • Classrooms and learning spaces
    • Restrooms
    • Corridors and common/public spaces
    • Athletic spaces including locker rooms and showers
    • Residence hall entrances, corridors, public area bathrooms, laundry areas, lounges, stairwells and elevators


    To support these efforts, the custodial department has introduced electrostatic disinfecting application devices. The electrostatic applicator gives a negative charge to the disinfecting solution as it exits the nozzle, allowing an even coat of solution that sticks to a targeted surface with 360-degree coverage. 

    In our June 25 communication to campus we outlined a new antimicrobial product procured by Physical Plant called MicrobeCare. This solution creates a barrier that kills 99.99% of microbes, prevents mutation and minimizes the spread of viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae and yeast on a wide variety of products. MicrobeCare is safe and has recorded proven results in highly sensitive healthcare environments. This five-minute video provides information on the product and its benefits.

    This application of this product will begin on Monday, July 13 by Custodial staff beginning with academic spaces, followed by residential living areas, athletics and offices areas. It may take several weeks to complete the application across campus. The product will be applied using electrostatic applicators to all touch points within buildings to include but not limited to: door handles, light switches, hand rails, table tops, chairs, computer keyboards, restroom fixtures, etc. to combat possible exposure to COVID-19.

    Air Quality

    Physical Plant has evaluated the HVAC system capabilities for buildings across campus and has identified strategies to implement to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and create acceptable indoor air quality. These strategies include

    • increasing ventilation rates
    • ventilating 24/7 and flushing the building with outside air pre- and post-occupancy each day
    • utilizing air filters with a minimum MERV 9 and MERV 13 efficiency where possible

    These strategies are defined and proposed based on each existing building mechanical system and room situation, and these strategies will be applied for each building’s specific need identified. More details can be found in the documents below.

    FSU Mechanical System Operations to Mitigate Pandemic Risks

    Supplement #1 - West Building IT Offices, Outside Air Delivery Status
    Supplement #2 - Swan Building Classroom, Ventilation Capability
    Supplement #3 - Arts and Science Commons (ASC) Offices, Ventilation Capability

  • Please find below a list of PDF files that contain examples of the social distancing signage to be installed in all University buildings. These signs are being procured and will be installed by Physical Plant staff across the University at the end of July/early August. 

    As we enter Phase 2 of our re-entry plan, there will be some employees returning to campus to their physical work locations. If you have employees coming back to your work area, please print and display these temporary signs in your respective work locations on campus until the official signage arrives and can be installed by Physical Plant.

    For building entrances/doors
    - How to Do Social Distancing (for building/entrance doors)
    - Virus Prevention (for building/door entrances)

    For interior use 
    - Practice Social Distancing - Do Not Use
    - Various signage for restrooms (wash your hands), elevators (only two riders at a time), furniture (do not sit here), please stay six feet apart, please stand here, etc.
    - Drinking Fountain Disconnected
    - Maximum Room Capacity 

    You can view demonstration photographs to help guide the placement of these signs.

    • Sandra Alspach, Academic Senate
    • Jim Bachmeier, Administration and Finance
    • Lindsay Barber, Birkam Health Center
    • Bobby Fleischman, Academic Affairs
    • Lincoln Gibbs, College of Health Professions
    • John Globoker, Administration and Finance, Kendall College of Art and Design
    • Fredericka Hayes, Human Resources
    • Mike Hughes, Physical Plant
    • Leonard Johnson, Academic Affairs
    • Mike McKay, Safety, Health, Environmental, Risk Management and Insurance
    • Jeremy Mishler, University Advancement and Marketing
    • Holly Price, Ferris Faculty Association
    • Joy Pulsifer, Student Affairs
    • Michelle Rasmussen, President’s Office
    • Steve Reifert, Extended and International Operations
    • Jeanine Ward-Roof (Committee Chair),Student Affairs

    Committee Work Groups

    • Academics - Sandy Alspach, Bobby Fleischman, Lincoln Gibbs, Leonard Johnson, Steve Reifert

    • Customer Service - Sandy Britton, Marie Delamater, Erin Diehm, Mike Grandy,  Leah Monger, John Randle, Susan Roberts, Scott Rossen, Paula Rushford, Jeff Stewart,  Katie Thomas

    • Employee Resources - Lindsay Barber, Fredericka Hayes, Lincoln Gibbs, Mike McKay 

    • Facilities - Tim Blashill, Justin Harden, Gheretta Harris, Mike Hughes, Mike McKay, Jeremy Mishler, Michelle Rasmussen, Mark Schuelke, Nick Owens

    • Health - Lindsay Barber, Elisa Cotter, Lincoln Gibbs, Mike McKay, Andy Slater, Jeanine Ward-Roof

    • PPE Procurement - Jim Bachmeier, Lindsay Barber, Lincoln Gibbs, John Globoker, Anne Hawkinsbadge, Mike Hughes, Dennis Magoon, Bryan Marquardt, Mike McKay, Ed Shepard, Grant Snider, Cindee Wilcox

    • Students - Julie Alexander, Brandi Behrenwald, Timothy Blashill, Camryn Booms, Cathy Bordeau, Sandy Britton, Kaylee Burke, Jason Daday, Nicole Dekraker, Ally Faulkner, Jocelyn Goheen, Breanna Green, Justin Harden, Darnell Lewis, Anne London, Margaret Lyons, Lisa Ortiz, Nicholas Owen, Angie Palmer, Joy Pulsifer, Scott Rossen, Julie Rowan, Nick Smith, Lane Steffke, Elizabeth Tomaro, Lisa vonReichbauer

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Re-engagement Plans should be reviewed by Mike McKay, director of Safety, Health, Environmental, Risk Management and Insurance with final approval from the appropriate vice president or provost.

  • Vice presidents, deans and/or supervisors will distribute these items to their employees returning to work on campus. Recognizing that cloth face masks should be washed after each use, faculty and staff may also wear other cloth face coverings throughout the work week, such as homemade cloth face coverings or those purchased from a store.

  • Yes, the plan is to return employees gradually. It will be dependent on each area’s work needs.
  • An employee's completed symptom checker form is not sent to anyone. However, it is required by OSHA to complete daily before coming to campus. All faculty, staff and student employees must print out and complete the form before coming to campus. Completed paper forms should be kept by each employee until an electronic version is available at the end of July. The printable COVID-19 symptom checker form can be found here.
    • Ferris Printing Services
    • Katke Golf Course
    • Barnes & Noble Bookstore and the IT Solutions Center will be open to faculty, staff and students on July 13 and accessible via the south entrance of the University Center.
  • Yes. To finish out the remaining three weeks of the fall semester, instruction will move where possible to remote delivery beginning Monday, Nov. 30, after the Thanksgiving recess. This is a part of the University’s efforts to keep our community healthy and safe, to avoid a second wave of COVID-19 as we enter cold and flu season, and to help us move forward safely for the spring semester.

    There will be some programs or classes, most notably those with laboratories that require significant amounts of specialized equipment, that will continue on campus during this period. Questions about specific programs or classes that may do this should be directed to the College’s academic dean. During this time after Thanksgiving, the University will remain open and operations will continue, with housing and dining available throughout the end of the semester. It is important to note that this announcement does not change the beginning of fall classes, which will continue as planned on Monday, Aug. 31.
  • Yes. To align with guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state regulations, all students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear a face covering inside University buildings and in any situation where social distancing is difficult.

    Students needing an exception or accommodation should contact Educational Counseling and Disabilities Services.

    Employees needing an exception or accommodation should contact Human Resources.

    Ferris State University is asking everyone to accept the responsibility of protecting themselves and others.
  • The Custodial department is dedicated to the health and safety of our campus community. Disinfecting protocols have been heightened throughout the entire campus in accordance with CDC guidelines in an effort to make sure all horizontal and vertical surfaces, along with critical touch points, will be addressed on a daily basis.

    • This daily activity would include but not be limited to:
    • Classrooms and learning spaces
    • Restrooms
    • Corridors and common/public spaces
    • Athletic spaces including locker rooms and showers
    • Residence hall entrances, corridors, public area bathrooms, laundry areas, lounges, stairwells and elevators

    To support these efforts, the custodial department has introduced Electrostatic disinfecting application devices. The electrostatic applicator gives a negative charge to the disinfecting solution as it exits the nozzle, allowing an even coat of solution that sticks to a targeted surface with 360-degree coverage.

    Additionally, the department is procuring a residual polymer based molecularly bonded antimicrobial product called MicrobeCare manufactured by Parasol Medical. This solution creates a barrier that kills 99.99% of microbes and prevents mutation and minimizes the spread of viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae and yeast on a wide variety of products. MicrobeCare is safe and has recorded proven results in highly sensitive healthcare environments.

    This product will be applied to all touch points within buildings to include but not limited to door handles, light switches, hand rails, table tops, chairs, computer keyboards, restroom fixtures, etc. to combat the possible exposure to COVID-19.

  • Ferris State University, including Kendall College of Art and Design, takes great pride in welcoming our alumni, friends, community members and many others to our campuses to cheer on our Bulldog athletics teams, enjoy a meal in our dining facilities, and experience our art galleries, museums and cultural programming. We value your patronage and appreciate your support.

    As the University actively prepares to safely welcome our students, faculty and staff back onto our campuses this fall, it is likely that many of our facilities and programming will be unavailable to the public. The University is taking this proactive measure to protect everyone’s health and safety.  

    The University will continue to monitor and evaluate this situation with the sincere hope that we can welcome everyone back onto our campuses soon. To learn more about what facilities and programming may be open to the public, please follow the announcements posted on our website and social media.  
  • As employees begin to return to campus, you may have concerns that you will not be able to return to your on-site work location due to a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, health conditions that put you at a higher risk for COVID-19, childcare situations, etc.  The University and Human Resources wants to work through these concerns with you.  Please review the COVID-19 Return to In-person Work Exception Form. If you believe you have one of the situations outlined on the chart, please follow the directions for next steps.  If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

COVID-19 Communications 

 
  • Coping With the Anxiety of COVID-19

    As we look for ways to cope with the anxiety surrounding COVID-19, it is important to know how to do so in a way that helps us keep perspective as this situation continues to develop. Here are some resources you may find helpful:

    Students may contact the Personal Counseling Center via e-mail at [email protected] or telephone (231) 591-5968. Additionally, Listening Ear is a 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Hotline (989-772-2918) that provides immediate support, information and referrals for our students.

    All members of the University community may use TAO, a secure, private online library of interactive and engaging programs to help overcome anxiety, depression and other common mental health concerns. The University also partners with Encompass, an Employee Assistance Program, to provide private and confidential counseling services for all faculty and staff. Offices are in Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, and throughout the state. This service is provided at no expense to employees.

    If you are dealing with anxiety or fear issues, or know of someone who is, these resources are available for assistance.

    What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

    Since then, cases have been identified in multiple other countries including the US.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

    • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
    • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

    What are the symptoms?

    Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Difficulty breathing

    Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it's unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

    If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days you should:

    • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor's office or emergency department, call first and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
    • Ferris students may call Birkam Health Center at (231) 591-2614.
    • Others should first call their health care provider or call the District Health Department #10 at (231) 592-0130.
    • Avoid contact with others.
    • Do not travel while sick. Please do not use public transportation or arrive unannounced at the Birkam Health Center. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

    What is the treatment?

    Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. (source: CDC)

    Is there a vaccine?

    Not at this time, although research that could lead to a vaccine is moving ahead quickly.

    Where are the cases of COVID-19?

    On March 10, state officials announced the first two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan. New cases continue to be identified in the United States, including Michigan. The CDC continues to indicate that the number of cases reported in the United States will increase, as testing capability is increased. Ferris is monitoring this information closely.

    CDC site for cases in the US: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.

    Michigan information from state health officials can be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/.

    What is Social Distancing?

    Social distancing means:

    • Avoid public places where close contact with others might occur – this includes shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, schools and classrooms.
    • Avoid public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, ride share).
    • Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.

    How do I prevent the Coronavirus?

    There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

    • Wear a mask/face covering when in public
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

     

    How do I self-isolate and self-monitor?

    To self-isolate, you should:

    • Stay home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
    • Separate yourself from other people in your home. Avoid visitors to your home.
    • Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
    • If you have symptoms, where a facemask when you are around other people.
    • When seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms before heading to the doctor's office or the emergency room.
    • Do not use public transport like buses or taxis.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.

    The CDC offers the following additional guidance on how to self-isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

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    Message from the Provost's Office (April 22, 2020) - 2:00 PM: Second Announcement on Summer Course Delivery

     

    Archive - Coronavirus Campus Updates for Students, and Faculty/Staff

     Tips for Working Remotely During COVID-19

    What resources are available to help me or others cope with COVID-19 anxiety?

    As we look for ways to cope with the anxiety surrounding COVID-19, it is important to know how to do so in a way that helps us keep perspective as this situation continues to develop. Here are some resources you may find helpful:

    All members of the University community may use TAO, a secure, private online library of interactive and engaging programs to help overcome anxiety, depression and other common mental health concerns. If you are dealing with anxiety or fear issues, or know of someone who is, these resources are available for assistance. The University also partners with Encompass, an Employee Assistance Program, to provide private and confidential counseling services for all faculty and staff. Offices are in Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, and throughout the state. This service is provided at no expense to employees.

    Ferris has decided to provide classroom instruction remotely, do I need to come to work?

    In accordance with Governor Whitmer's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" executive order announced on March 23, 2020, faculty are permitted to be on campus to facilitate distance learning activities. Language permitting this is included in materials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The materials state the following is allowable relative to the Governor's order:

    “Educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges, and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing.”

    In addition, a very limited number of people will need to attend to core areas of support like security, heat, information technology and telecommunications. If you are needed to come to work, your supervisor will contact you. Other employees will be on call and contacted if their services are needed on campus. The remainder of employees should stay at home and develop the capability to work effectively from there. Significant tools are available to help everyone stay connected. Office phones can be transferred to numbers off campus. Employees can communicate via e-mail, telephone, teleconference and video conferencing. If you need assistance using these tools, please contact your supervisor, IT Services at (231) 591-4822 or visit their list of COVID-19 Information Technology Planning FAQs.

    Should I self-isolate or self-monitor?

    The university is requiring anyone returning from areas with a CDC Travel Warnings (level 2 and 3) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html to report via the employee portal their locations and dates of travel and to self-isolate for 14 days from your last day in that area. You must self-monitor for the development of any symptoms and call your healthcare provider or use available virtual health monitoring tools right away if you develop symptoms. The self-isolation recommendation currently does not apply in general to travelers who only transit through an airport in one of these countries.

    Those returning from domestic travel in areas highly affected by COVID-19 must also report their travel via the employee portal and they are encouraged to self-monitor for the development of any symptoms and call their healthcare provider right away if they develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.

    How do I self-isolate?

    To self-isolate, you need to:

    • Stay home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
    • Separate yourself from other people in your home. Avoid visitors to your home.
    • Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
    • If you have symptoms, wear a facemask when you are around other people.
    • When seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms before heading to the doctor’s office or the emergency room.
    • Do not use public transport like buses or taxis.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.

    The CDC offers the following additional guidance on how to self-isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html.

    I am returning from domestic travel in an area highly affected by COVID-19, should I self-isolate or self-monitor?

    Those returning from domestic travel in areas highly affected by COVID-19 are encouraged to self-monitor for the development of any symptoms and contact your healthcare provider by phone if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms. 

    I am an employee who is self-isolating, who should I contact to make arrangements to miss work?

    Employees with questions about working arrangements during self-isolation must contact their supervisor and Human Resources via email at [email protected]. You will be provided additional information.

    I am practicing self-isolation, am I excused from work obligations?

    Yes. During this immediate period, we will suspend all sick leave reporting. If you need to self-isolate or stay home because you are sick, you need to do so without worrying if you will be paid. Please contact Human Resources at [email protected] if you have any questions.

    I have a personal medical situation that I believe may place me at a higher risk, what should I do?

    We advise that you contact your personal medical provider for guidance. If you are advised to not report to work, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] and follow your normal reporting processes for your work location for absences. Human Resources will contact you with further information.

    If I feel that I have symptoms outlined by the CDC, what should I do?

    Use the virtual visit options for a medical evaluation.

    Do not report to work.

    Follow your work location’s call-in procedures and email the confidential Human Resources email [email protected]. Human Resources will contact you with further information.

    Keep HR informed of your status.

    If my child’s school or day care closures extend beyond the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, may I bring my child to work?

    No, you may not bring your child to work. The goal of the school or day care closures is to increase social distancing.

    If my child’s school or day care closures extend beyond the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, can I stay home from work?

    If you have a child who is home because of the school closure and need to stay home, you may also do so without using vacation or sick leave. You and your supervisor are encouraged to find ways that enable you to work from home if that is possible.

    I have family and friends in affected areas, and I'm concerned about their well being. Who can I speak with about these feelings?

    Reports of the impact of COVID-19 around the world can be troubling, especially for members of the community who are from or have friends and family in affected areas.

    Resources and support are available at the Personal Counseling Center. Please call (231) 591-5968 to request an appointment with a licensed mental health provider.

    I have experienced or witnessed derogatory actions toward someone related to this outbreak. What should I do?

    The University opposes any actions that harass, discriminate, or otherwise create a hostile environment for students, faculty, and staff. Any member of the University community can make a report about an alleged bias related incident or hate crime by contacting the FSU Department of Public Safety or the FSU Office of Student Conduct. Or, if you are an employee and you believe that you have been the victim of a bias-incident, including discrimination, please report the incident to Human Resources at (231) 591-2150 or the Office of Equal Opportunity at (231) 591-2152.

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    Archive - Coronavirus Campus Updates for Students, and Faculty/Staff

    What resources are available to help me or others cope with COVID-19 anxiety?

    As we look for ways to cope with the anxiety surrounding COVID-19, it is important to know how to do so in a way that helps us keep perspective as this situation continues to develop. Here are some resources you may find helpful:

    Students may contact the Personal Counseling Center via e-mail at [email protected] or telephone (231) 591-5968. Additionally, Listening Ear is a 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Hotline (989-772-2918) that provides immediate support, information and referrals for our students.

    All members of the University community may use TAO, a secure, private online library of interactive and engaging programs to help overcome anxiety, depression and other common mental health concerns. If you are dealing with anxiety or fear issues, or know of someone who is, these resources are available for assistance.

    Will the deadline to withdrawal from classes be extended?

    Yes, the deadline to withdraw from classes and receive a "W" grade has been extended to May 1. If you are considering a course withdrawal and want to discuss the implications and process of withdrawing from a course, please contact [email protected] and we will assist you.

    How do I contact my Dean's office?

    College of Arts and Sciences: 231-591-3660
    College of Business: 231-591-2420
    College of Education & Human Services: 231-591-3648
    College of Engineering Technology: 231-591-2890
    College of Health Professions: 231-591-2270
    College of Pharmacy: 231-591-2254
    College of Optometry: 231-591-3706
    Retention & Student Success: 231-591-2360

    Kendall College of Art and Design: 616-259-1203

    Statewide location contact info is located at https://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/statewide/locations.htm

    How do I return FLITE Library Materials or Rented Textbooks?

    For students who have FLITE materials checked out, you can retain texts past the return date without penalty. You will receive a communication about this soon, if you have not already.

    If you need to return rented textbooks to the Ferris State Bookstore, you can create a prepaid return shipping label at https://ferris.bncollege.com/shop/ferris/page/rental-book-return. You can print it as often as you like, but you can only use it once. If you are returning multiple rented textbooks, please put them in one box and use one shipping label.

     

    I do not have internet access...is there a list of Wifi hotspots around the state?

    The eLearning Department is maintaining a list of wifi hot spots around the state that may make it easier for you to stay connected and access your remote courses. Please visit the following site for the latest list of hotspots:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1KTXCl5TNrL_7BfMzx8RJmSDdsw3K8yDyMaXIQrH2-zw/edit#gid=0

    In addition, the Federal Communications Commission has an agreement which states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot spots for increased accessibility to the internet. Visit https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-363033A1.pdf for more information.

    Is the FSU Student Food Pantry open?

    Yes, the FSU Student Food Pantry is open and ready to help you! Food pickup is available via scheduled appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 4-5 p.m. or by appointment. Stay updated by following the FSU Food Pantry on Facebook.

    Other open food pantries in Big Rapids include Angels of Action (200 S. Stewart/231-629-8140) and Project Starburst (120 S. State St./231-796-5342).

     

    Other Facility and Services Information:


    I am a student employee. Should I come back to campus for work?

    No. However, if you are an active student employee with a current assignment, you will be paid for what you would normally earn through March 27. Your supervisor should be reaching out to you to discuss potential remote work options.

    As the University looks for opportunities for student employees to continue working remotely, the Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services in partnership with the Office of Student Employment are coordinating efforts to help match remote work opportunities with student employees who are available to work remotely. Please contact CLACS at [email protected] or Angela Roman at 231-591-2674.

    Are the certification tests (like CompTIA A+) and SATs still being administered as scheduled?

    As of this time, we have made the decision to suspend all testing in the Testing Center. Please continue to stay updated by checking our website.

    Does this include Traverse City or other satellite locations?

    Yes, the suspension of in-person classes includes Ferris State classes at all locations. All Ferris classes will be delivered remotely through at least June 1, 2020. If you are a student at a statewide location and have questions, please contact the Director of Student Services Jocelyn Goheen at (616) 643-5741 or [email protected].

    I am registered for an event or travel to take place with my RSO. Is this still going to take place?

    Following the expectations of the Governor and the guidance from the CDC at this time around social distancing, the CLACS office is marking your event as cancelled in Bulldog Connect.

    What You Will Need To Do:

    • Please work with your venues, vendors, entertainers, and members to cancel, postpone, or move your event to a virtual platform.
    • Communicate with your members virtually. Email, Bulldog Connect, Microsoft Teams.
    • Submit cancellation notices to any other event calendars you may have posted on; University Wide calendar, Social Media, internal calendars.

    What CLACS Will Do:

    • Mark your event as cancelled in Bulldog Connect.
    • Help you address contracting questions.
    • Direct you to campus contacts as needed.
    • Help answer your questions.

    CLACS staff are here and ready to assist you through this process. Please call (231) 591-2685 or e-mail [email protected].

    I have family and friends in affected areas, and I'm concerned about their well being. Who can I speak with about these feelings?

    Reports of the impact of COVID-19 around the world can be troubling, especially for members of the community who are from or have friends and family in affected areas.

    Resources and support are available at the Personal Counseling Center. Please call (231) 591-5968 to request an appointment with a licensed mental health provider.

    I have experienced or witnessed derogatory actions toward someone related to this outbreak. What should I do?

    The University opposes any actions that harass, discriminate, or otherwise create a hostile environment for students, faculty, and staff. Any member of the University community can make a report about an alleged bias related incident or hate crime by contacting the FSU Department of Public Safety or the FSU Office of Student Conduct. Or, if you are an employee and you believe that you have been the victim of a bias-incident, including discrimination, please report the incident to Human Resources at (231) 591-2150 or the Office of Equal Opportunity at (231) 591-2152.

  • COVID-19 Update to Campus (May 12, 2020) - 1:00 PM: University prepares for in-person classes this fall.

    To share as much information as possible about emerging information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our campus community, an update will be issued, as needed.

    Archive - Coronavirus Campus Updates for Students, and Faculty/Staff