General Residence Hall and East Campus Suite Policies

The following is a list of Housing policies.  Knowing these policies and following them are the responsibility of each person from the time he or she becomes a resident of University Housing.

Housing/Campus Policies
Individuals/groups who fail to comply with and/or violate these policies may find themselves subject to university discipline. Students are responsible for their room and suite and any activities that occur therein, including the behavior of their guests. The assigned resident does not need to be present, actively involved, or even aware that an incident involving his/her guests has taken place to be held accountable for that incident.

Taking Responsibility for Confronting Noise and Disruptive Behaviors
Living in the residence halls and university suites helps solidify the educational experience and contributes to the growth of an individual. Thus, students are asked to assume initial responsibility in addressing complaints on their own.

If you have a problem with the noise/behavior of another student, you are expected to ask that student to reasonably change his/her behavior. If that student is uncooperative, you should then request assistance from a Housing staff member.

Ferris State University reserves the right to amend or develop additional policies or procedures as necessary to ensure the promotion of safety for the community. University officials will make every attempt to communicate changes in a timely manner to those affected.

Community Standards
In order to meet the educational and social needs of students, the University has established a set of community standards for each residence community. These standards are based upon four (4) fundamental rights of all University Housing students:

  • Sleep and study in one’s own living space
  • Live in a clean and sanitary environment
  • Have a means of addressing concerns
  • Be free of fear from intimidation and physical or emotional harm

It is important to note that living on campus is a privilege, not a right. The information in this section is intended to communicate clear expectations regarding personal conduct, contractual obligations, and community responsibilities. Students may be charged with violations of these policies through the University’s student disciplinary process.

Housing staff members may convene community meetings periodically throughout the semester. These meetings provide important information, help students perform essential administrative tasks, and help residents learn to balance their rights, responsibilities, and privileges. Students are responsible for all information discussed at their community meetings and should contact a staff member if they are unable to attend.

  1. Access Panels

    Students may not open, tamper with, or otherwise manipulate pipe chase access doors and panels, or open or gain access to similar spaces of any kind. Improper access to such spaces may result in a $300 fine.

  2. Activities Resulting in Disturbance, Distress, or Damage

    Individual or group activities that may result in a disturbance or distress to others or that cause or may reasonably cause damage or destruction to self or property are prohibited. When individual responsibility cannot be determined, the residents of a unit, floor, or wing may become collectively responsible for restoration costs. Examples of behavior covered by this policy include, but are not limited to, damage to building, graffiti, etc.

  3. Air Conditioners

    Air conditioners (INCLUDING WINDOW AND FLOOR UNITS) are generally not permitted. Such units may be permitted in residence halls if a medical necessity is verified by the Birkam Health Center and approval is granted by Housing Services. Air conditioner units must be provided by the student and may be installed only by the University staff. A fee is charged for such services.

  4. Alcohol Policy

    In order to support legal and responsible drinking habits, the use or possession of alcoholic beverages is defined in the following areas:

    1. Consumption of alcohol may only occur in a residence hall room or suite where ALL assigned residents are 21 years of age or older and ALL guests present are also 21 years of age or older. 
    2. Students under the age of 21 may not be present in a residence hall room or common space where alcohol is present or being consumed.
    3. Residents under the age of 21 may not possess or display empty alcohol containers. Empty containers may be considered evidence of possession, consumption, or both.
    4. Under no circumstances are kegs or other types of “common sources” of alcohol allowed in University housing.
    5. Drinking games and alcohol paraphernalia are prohibited.
  5. Child/Day Care

    It is not permissible for any resident to provide child/day care in the residence halls or suites.

  6. Escorts

    Students and visitors may not enter or roam a hall or living unit where they do not live without an escort who is a resident of that hall or living unit. Allowing unescorted non-residents access to a building or living area, including walking through the residence halls or suites unescorted, is a violation of this policy.

  7. Gambling

    Gambling of any kind in any form with monetary consequences is prohibited.

  8. Guests

    Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests and are responsible for ensuring that their guests adhere to all University policies. Guests must be escorted by a resident of the building at all times. A guest is defined as anyone not assigned to the room, apartment, or suite.

  9. Hallway or Lobby Area Decorations

    Any mode of decoration that contains obscene, profane, pornographic, or otherwise offensive elements, as determined by the housing staff, will not be permitted. This includes the posting of symbols and/or materials identifying any organization that has been “banned” or “suspended” by the University. Postings and decorations are not permitted in common areas or hallways of suites except in designated locations.

  10. Hallway or Lobby Area Usage

    Hall Directors must approve any usage of residence hall or suite facilities by residents, students, recognized student organizations, and/or any other person or group. Generally, residence hall and suites common area spaces are reserved for the exclusive use of the staff and residents of that building.

  11. Health Hazards

    Situations or items such as piled, soiled clothing, open food containers, exposed food items, vomit or bodily fluids, unkempt bathroom or kitchen facilities (dirt, mold, pools of algae water), and the noxious odors emanating from such pose serious health hazards in the community and are prohibited.

  12. Keys

    Residents are expected to carry their student ID and key at all times. It is expected that students will take proper precautions to ensure the safe keeping of their student ID, University housing key, and residence hall room, suite or apartment. The Housing Staff should not be expected to key residents into their room. For safety and security issues, a resident should report a lost or missing key or ID immediately.

  13. Laundry Facilities Abuse

    Abuse of another’s possessions or damage to equipment in the laundry room is not permitted.  Any use of the equipment by or for a non-resident of that building is not permitted.

  14. Lobby Furniture

    Public area (lobby, study room, lounge) furniture is not permitted to leave the building or designated space. Such furniture is not permitted in suites or in student rooms.

  15. Painting

    The painting of residence hall rooms or suites is prohibited. The University paints on a regular rotating schedule. Similarly, students are not permitted to decorate walls, ceilings or furniture with paint, highlighter, pencils, pens, washable paints, acrylics, laundry detergent, or any other substances.

  16. Pets

    Pets, unless allowed by law, are not permitted with the exception of fish. Fish tanks may be no larger than 30-gallon total capacity per room. It is not the responsibility of housing staff to feed fish in a student’s absence. University staff may confiscate any other pets found in a residence hall or suite. For further information, please see Confiscation in Section V: Housing Regulations and Standards.

  17. Public Property

    Possession or use as decoration or possession of stolen property including city, county, or state government property, such as road signs, is not permitted. Possession of stolen property is a violation of state law and University policy. Stolen or unauthorized property is subject to confiscation.

  18. Quiet Hours/Courtesy Hours and Noise

    Residents have the right to sleep and study in their rooms at any time. When asked by someone to respect this right, residents are expected to demonstrate courtesy and consideration by complying with the request.  This policy applies to noise that can be heard from both inside and outside a residence hall. Alleged violations of this policy may result in the confiscation of items or devices creating the disturbance.

    1. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a general rule, at no time should noise be heard from a resident’s room more than 2 doors away, from another floor, or outside the building.
    2. Quiet hours are in effect from 11:00 PM until 8:00 AM weekdays, 1:00 AM until 10:00 AM weekends (Saturday and Sunday) unless otherwise officially established by an individual community. Quiet hours means that sound must not be audible beyond the limits of any individual room, suite, hallway, or lounge.
    3. During finals week, 24-hour quiet hours will be in effect. Any student removing a loft at the end of a semester or academic year must do so before 24-hour quiet hours begin or wait until the final examination period is completed.
  19. Rights and Freedoms

    Actions that infringe upon the rights and freedoms of others are prohibited, regardless of the intentions behind the act.

  20. Satellite Dishes and Antennas

    Satellite dishes, antennas, or similar devices are not permitted in the residence halls, suites, or apartments.

  21. Smoking

    Smoking is prohibited in residence halls or East Campus Suites.  Students must stand well away (minimum of 25 feet) from all buildings while smoking outside and ensure that smoke is not bothering building residents. The use of any smoking device or any simulated smoking device is prohibited.

  22. Sports in the Halls and Suites

    Running, hackey sack, Frisbee throwing, hockey, in-line skating, skate boarding, bouncing balls, riding bikes, and other similar activities are prohibited in the residence halls and suites. No remote control toys are to be operated in the hallways. Staff members reserve the right to confiscate equipment used in violation of this policy.

  23. Trash Removal

    Students are responsible for taking out their own trash. Trash must be taken to and deposited in the nearest available industrial dumpster outside the building. Students found to have disposed of any waste inappropriately will receive a fine, face disciplinary action, or both.  All trash must be removed from all rooms regularly and before all break periods.  Trash bags are available at the residence hall desks for residents’ use.  NOTE: Medical waste must be disposed of strictly in accordance with the Health and Safety Policy concerning Medical Waste outlined in Section V: Housing Regulations and Standards.

  24. Waterbeds

    Waterbeds are not permitted.

  25. Weapons

    Firearms and other weapons or explosives are prohibited on campus.  Firearms are not permitted, regardless of permit. Weapons include rifles, shotguns, hand guns, paint guns, laser lights, BB and pellet pistols, rifles which are spring, gas, or air propulsion, sling shots, whips, hunting knives, knives with blades longer than 2.5 inches, bows and/or arrows, ammunition, ammunition loading devices, etc. This includes any other item that is used as a weapon. Weapons will be confiscated and may not be returned to the owner. Ammunition of any kind may not be stored in the buildings.

    Answers to questions or issues related to firearms or other weapons may be located in the University’s Campus Violence and Weapons Prohibition policy, which you may find at

  26. Windows and Screens

    For safety purposes, window screens may not be opened or removed at any time. Removing or opening a window screen for other than emergency purposes may result in a fine. Throwing any object from a window or using a window as an entry or non-emergency exit is a serious safety concern.

  27. Visitation Policy

    1. Overnight visitation Program: roommates and suitemates must prearrange rules concerning guests and overnight visitors. The overnight visitation program permits not more than two overnight guests per room per night. Guests include anyone not assigned to the room or suite. All guests must adhere to the escort policy and all rules and regulations of Ferris State University. Residents are responsible for guests and guest behavior and may receive a student conduct referral for policy violations. Unruly guest behavior may result in the guest’s immediate removal and ban from campus housing. The University reserves the right to limit frequency of visits when the rights of the roommates or suitemates are compromised. Guests may not stay more than 2 consecutive nights and/or more than 10 nights per semester without prior approval from the Office of Housing and Residence Life.
    2. Child Visitation: All guests under the age of 18 must have a letter signed by a  parent granting permission to visit and stay on campus. Children under the age of six (6) are not permitted as overnight guests. Visitation for children under the age of six is from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. A parent or guardian must accompany children under the age of six at all times.