Common Questions About Reporting
Yes, incidents can be reported online or in person. The University takes all complaints of discriminatory conduct seriously and is committed to prompt, thorough, and appropriate review of allegations made or known to the administration. Individuals who believe that they have been the victims of conduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Non-Discrimination and/or its Employee and Student Dignity Policy or who believe that they have witnessed or otherwise have information about conduct in violation of those University policies should promptly report complaints to the University.
- Complainants may pursue some or all of these steps at the same time.
- Complainants need not know which course of action they wish to request, nor how to label what happened.
- Complainants and other reporting persons are encouraged to seek support and information from a confidential resource.
Contact the Ferris State University Department of Public Safety for assistance in filing a criminal complaint and preserving physical evidence.
Department of Public Safety
1319 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids MI 49307-2128
Contact the Ferris State University Title IX Coordinator to make an internal complaint/report.
University Center 129D
805 Campus Dr., Big Rapids, MI 49307
Most Ferris State University employees are considered Responsible Employees. Under Title IX, these individuals are obligated to report to the Title IX Coordinator if they know or, in the application of reasonable care, should know of an instance of sexual misconduct. As a responsible employee they are required to share all information they know about an incident. More information can be found in the Responsible Employee Policy.
The University expects that community members who have information related to conduct that may violate University policies administered under Nondiscrimination Grievance Procedures, will report that information in a timely and thorough manner, regardless of their involvement or source of knowledge related to circumstances alleged. Complaints received the third-parties who have no involvement in the alleged discriminatory conduct shall be investigated as outlined in those procedures.
Anonymity may be requested by individuals filing complaints or otherwise notifying the University of concern for conduct in violation of University policy. In some cases, the anonymity of the Complainant or other individual(s) who notify the University of conduct alleged to violate University policy may be maintained to ensure the safety, non-retaliation, and well-being of those involved or others in the University community. Due process may however require notice to the Respondent of the source(s) of allegations made. While the University maintains sole discretion to determine when proceeding with an anonymous or confidential complaint is in the best interest of the University community, survivors of sexual misconduct should know that every effort will be made to honor requests for confidentiality and ensure privacy.
Individuals who file a complaint of Harassment, Sexual Violence or other gender-based violations, are protected under federal law and University policy from retaliation.
This includes retaliation from the accused, their associates or anyone in the University itself on the basis of filing a gender-based complaint.
Retaliation may include intimidating, threatening, coercing, or in any way discriminating against the individual because of the individual’s complaint or participation.
The University is aware that complaints of sexual violence may be followed by retaliation against a complainant and/or witness by the alleged perpetrator or his/her associates.
When the University is made aware of an allegation of retaliation following a Title IX complaint, the University will take prompt and effective steps to investigate and appropriately address continuing or new problems.
In addition, following an initial Title IX complaint the University will make every effort to eliminate the hostile environment and prevent recurrence, including instances of retaliation.
Retaliation should be reported to any of the following campus departments:
Title IX Coordinator
Phone: (231) 591-2088
Ferris State Department of Public Safety
Hours: 24/7 Dispatch
Phone: (231) 591-5000
Crime Hotline: (231) 591-5900
Office of Student Conduct
Hours: M-F, 8-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.
Phone: (231) 591-3619
Office of the Dean of Student Life
Hours: M-F, 8-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.
Phone: (231) 591-5916
When reporting an allegation of retaliation to the following campus resources your privacy will be a significant priority. Information regarding the allegation will only be shared with individuals who have direct responsibility for responding to the allegation, addressing its effects, and preventing any recurrence.