The Director of Student Conduct or his/her designee is authorized to impose any one
or a combination of the following sanctions for acts of misconduct. The University
may impose other sanctions singularly or in combination with any of those listed below.
The University recognizes two kinds of sanctions: administrative (inactive) and educational,
and they are often combined in an effort to hold students accountable while also providing
resources to aid in a student’s success.
- Administrative Sanctions
- Administrative Warning
An Administrative Warning is an official written warning informing a student he/she
has been found in violation of the University policy and that he/she should understand
that future 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
- 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 is the highest administrative sanction a student may
be issued and still actively attend the University. 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.
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 his/her academic career at
A student may be prohibited from participating in all aspects of the University permanently.
When a student is dismissed from the University, the dismissal applies to all campuses.
Furthermore, the student may not petition the University for readmission.
Please Note: For those individuals who are either suspended or dismissed from Ferris, an AW (Administrative
Withdraw) will be placed on the student’s transcript if the suspension or dismissal
is effective prior to the deadline for withdrawal from classes published by the University.
This means that no grades A through F will be issued for that semester in which the
student was suspended or dismissed. If the suspension or dismissal is effective after
the deadline for withdrawal an AWF (Administrative Withdraw Fail) will be assigned
in the same manner as other students who withdraw after the deadline. That is, after
the Withdrawal deadline, a suspended or dismissed student would receive a grade of
F for the semester in which they were suspended or dismissed.
Disciplinary sanctions do not become final until the opportunity to appeal has passed.
Students who choose to appeal suspension or dismissal decisions may continue to go
to class and engage in customary University activities (unless otherwise stipulated)
until an appeal decision is made.
- Educational Sanctions
- Alcohol Education
AlcoholEdu 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 misuse of alcohol, and assist students
in gathering information to make more informed choices about their habits. There is
a $100 programming fee for this on-line program.
- Community Service
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.
- Educational and Career Counseling Referral
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.
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 Choices 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 class.
- Individual Assessment/Counseling
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.
- Marijuana 101
Marijuana 101 is an online drug education course. This program discusses marijuana’s
effects on the brain, health issues, school and job performance, and the consequences
and realities of using marijuana. This intervention course includes a self-assessment
and acts as a first response for a marijuana violation. There is a $100 programming
fee for this experience.
Mediation is an opportunity to appropriately resolve differences with another individual
or individuals through the assistance of a trained, unbiased, third-party facilitator.
A student or student organization(s) may be encouraged or required to attend mediation
in lieu of formal adjudication or as a result of formal adjudication.
- Parental Notification
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 severed if the student’s behavior
is not altered.
A student may be required to pay the costs for the replacement or repair of any property
damaged by the student.
- Transfer to a Different Housing Unit
An on-campus student may be required to transfer to a different residence hall or
apartment when there exists a need to ensure the safety or the security of a specific
person(s) or location where it does not warrant expulsion from Housing.
- Expulsion from University Housing
An on-campus student may be expelled from University Housing, rescinding the student’s
contract with Housing. A student expelled from University Housing will be banned
from entering any University Housing facilities.