Assumption of Risk, Consent, & Release

All residents acknowledge opportunities throughout the school year to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and events not required as part of the student academic curriculum, including, but not limited to:  using fitness rooms, housing facilities, equipment and saunas, athletic events; educational, recreational, and social activities and programs that occur in housing facilities, and on or off campus property; consumption and/or participating in the distribution or selling of food and beverages by students, student organizations, and/or non-University individuals; and travel to and from and participation in events, conferences, and other activities on and off campus. 

As a student, you recognize that your participation in such extracurricular activities may involve physical exertion and/or actions or omissions which could cause or result in injuries and/or health problems; contact with a variety of individuals, including non-University persons; risk of loss or damage to property; inconvenience and discomfort; exposure to circumstances and presence in locations with no supervision or protection; and other risks inherent in the particular activity or event in which you may be participating.

In consideration of being permitted to utilize these facilities and equipment, and to participate in the activities and events available to our students, signing the housing contract means that: You understand the above risks may occur; you assume all risks inherent in and which from your participation in travel, activity, and connected activities and other consequences or events that occur in conjunction with such extracurricular activities or events.

To the fullest extent permitted on behalf of you and your heirs, assigns and all other, by law, you knowingly and intentionally release and waive any and all claims of whatsoever kind of nature against Ferris State University, its Board of Trustees, President, officers, employees, advisors, agents, and representatives which may arise out of your participation in these activities and events, including, but not limited to acts, omissions, or negligence of other students, advisors, and other individuals or organization except for the University’s gross negligence or willful and wanton misconduct.

You further agree to be responsible for your own safety, well-being, and conduct, and that neither Ferris State University, its Board, President, officers, employees, agents, or representatives will be liable or responsible if you suffer bodily injury, property damage, personal injury, death, and/or other damages or losses, except if caused by their gross negligence or willful misconduct.

You also understand and agree you are solely responsible and assume all risk for damage, loss or theft of personal belongings (equipment, cameras, keys, jewelry, clothes, etc.) brought with you when participating in and traveling to and from such activities or events.  Ferris State University is not responsible for these personal items and they are not covered by Ferris State University’s insurance coverage.

You also authorize being taken to a medical facility for treatment in the event of an emergency, and consent to emergency medical treatment being administered to you in the event you are unable (or your parent or guardian, if applicable, cannot be reached) to authorize treatment.

You recognize that you may appear in photographs, video tapes, recordings, motion pictures, and other records of the extracurricular activities or events in which you participate, and you consent to Ferris State University using, at its discretion, such photographs, video tapes, motion pictures, recordings, and other recordings in which you may appear, unless you inform the photographer that you do not wish to be filmed.  You also understand that FSU cannot control filming between students.

NOTE:  Please identify a person or persons on your signature card to be contacted in case of any emergency.  By signing your signature card, you are acknowledging that, notwithstanding the confidential relationship existing between you and the University, you understand and agree that the University may contact the person(s) you have identified, and/or your parent(s) or legal guardian(s), in the event that the University determines that your health, safety and/or welfare may be at risk, including but not limited to situations involving self-destructive plans or activities.