The mission of the Office of Student Conduct is to educate students about their rights and responsibilities as community members, help students understand the balance between individual and community rights, and help maintain a community atmosphere conducive to academic success.
A variety of sanctions may be implemented in order to help students be successful at Ferris. The University may impose other sanctions singularly or in combination with any of the following:
An Administrative Warning is an official written warning informing a student that he/she has been found in violation of the University policy and that he/she should understand that further violations could result in further sanctions. With an Administrative Warning, a student should have a clear understanding of the University's expectations for his/her future behavior.
Disciplinary Probation Level I
Disciplinary Probation Level I is a period of observation and review. Probation is intended to convey to the student that his/her conduct is unacceptable by University standards. Disciplinary Probation Level I will result in the student being on Probation for the remainder of the semester up to an additional academic year. Probation may involve the loss of specified privileges.
Disciplinary Probation Level II
Disciplinary Probation Level II will result in a minimum of one academic year on probation up to the duration of the student's academic career. Further violation of University policies at any point during the probationary period will be viewed not only as a violation based upon the act itself, but also as a violation of the Probation. This shall result in further action up to, and including, suspension or dismissal from the University.
Disciplinary Probation Career
Disciplinary probation career is the highest administrative sanction a student may be issued and still actively attend the University. Disciplinary probation career will result in probation for the duration of the student's academic career. Further violation of university policies at any point during the probationary period will be viewed not only as a violation based upon the act itself, but also as a violation of the probation. This shall result in further action up to, and including, suspension or dismissal from the university.
A student may be prohibited from participating in all aspects of University life for a specified period of time, usually a semester or a full academic year. When a student is suspended from the University, the suspension applies to all campuses of the University and prohibits that student from entering the grounds of all University campuses. When the term of the suspension has ended, the student may apply for readmission. Should a student choose to reapply and be readmitted to the University, the student would be placed on Disciplinary Probation for the remainder of their academic career at Ferris.
A student may be dismissed from the University permanently. When a student is dismissed from the University, the dismissal applies to all campuses of the University. Furthermore, the student may not thereafter petition for readmission to the University. When a student is dismissed from Ferris, the dismissal prohibits that student from entering the grounds of all Ferris State University campuses.
Educational & Other Possible Sanctions
A student may be required to participate in a specific program such as a counseling program, a program designed to stimulate good citizenship within the University community, an alcohol or drug education program, or any other activity which would provide educational outcomes, promote civic responsibility and/or address safety issues. Additionally, a student may be required to organize and facilitate a program of his/her own that meets these goals.
Under the Influence
Under the Influence is an alcohol education program that encourages students to consider their choices regarding alcohol use. This program is typically issued for first time violations of the residence hall and University alcohol policy. The goal of this experience is to share with students the risks involved in the misuse of alcohol and assist students in gathering information to make more informed choices about their habits. There is a $100 fee for the cost of the license and administrating of this on-line program.
Marijuana 101 is an online course that encourages students to consider their choices regarding drug use. This exercise is used for first time violations of University drug policies or for students that have made poor choices while under the influence. The goal of this experience is to share with students the risks involved in the misuse of drugs and assist students in gathering information to make more informed choices about their habits. There is a $100 fee for the cost of the license and administrating this class.
This program is for students who have run into recurrent and/or serious difficulty relating to alcohol and other drugs on or off campus. The BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) program's goal is for students to learn a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. All students are required to attend one (50 minute) individual appointment with a counselor and then four (50 minute) group sessions. The small group format allows for discussion and facilitation by a trained professional. There is a $200 programming fee for the cost of administrating this class.
Primed for Life
This program is for students to learn a set of practical strategies that reduce negative consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. The Primed for Life program is provided by the Ferris State University Counseling Center. All students are required to attend one (50 minute) individual appointment with a counselor and then eight (50 minute) group sessions. There is a $200 programming fee for the cost of administrating this program.
Other Possible Sanctions
A letter may be sent home to the parents or guardians of any student found in violation of an alcohol or drug violation. The intent of this letter is to ensure that the student, parent, and institution are able to work in partnership regarding individual student success. The parental notification letter informs the parent or guardian that a student's relationship with the University is tenuous and may be jeopardized if the student's behavior is not altered.
A student may be sanctioned to visit with Ferris State University's Counseling Center for an individual assessment and/or counseling. Sometimes conduct issues arise because students are experiencing difficulty in their lives. The Counseling Center can assist students in addressing these issues to help minimize the chances of future behavioral issues. These situations are handled confidentially.
A student may be in the disciplinary process as a result of academic and personal challenges. Through a discussion with his/her hearing officer, it may be determined that the student may benefit from participating in a two-part strategies program with an Educational Counselor.
Community service provides the opportunity for a student to give back to his/her community for his/her previous behavior. The student may have the opportunity to choose the type of service he/she would like to perform and have the opportunity to work with staff at the Student Volunteer Center to find service opportunities that are meaningful to them, or he/she may perform service through in-hall service.
A student may be required to pay the costs for replacement or repair of any property damaged by the student.
A student may be banned from a specific location on campus, or may be banned from being on any of the Ferris State University campus properties.
Other sanctions can be found online in the Code of Student Community Standards. Go to the Ferris homepage, under Quick Links click on Student Code.