General University Apartment Policies (West Campus)
  1. 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.

  2. Advertising/Solicitation
    1. Any posting of advertising materials must be done by authorized Housing Staff only. For any posting of advertising materials in or around Ferris State’s Housing facilities, approval must be given by the Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services, with the final approval authority resting with the Office of Housing and Residence Life. See the Center for Leadership, Activities, and Career Services for posting policy procedures.  The stuffing of mailboxes is not permitted.
    2. Solicitation is not permitted in the University Apartments nor is it permissible for any student to operate a business from any University apartment. Individuals or student organizations found in non-compliance with this policy are subject to disciplinary action.

  3. Air Conditioners

    Air conditioners may be permitted if a medical necessity is verified by the Birkam Health Center and approval granted by the Office of Housing and Residence Life. Air conditioner units must be provided by the student and may only be installed by University staff.  There is a limit of one air conditioner per apartment. There is a fee charged for the installation and removal of air conditioners from the University apartments.

  4. Alcohol

    Do not possess, consume, furnish, or aid in the consumption or furnishing of, alcoholic beverages on University property except as permitted by University policy. Drinking games and common sources of alcohol are prohibited.

  5. Daycare 

    The Office of Housing and Residence Life recognizes the challenge to find quality day care while attending college. To help relieve this burden the “No Business” policy excludes Licensed Day Care, with the following stipulations:

    • Daycare must be licensed through the State of Michigan and providers must comply with all state licensing regulations
    • Daycare is only allowed in the townhouse apartments
    • Daycare providers may only care for the children of students living in the University Apartments
    • Number of children being cared for shall not exceed 4 (including their own children)

  6. Disposal of Garbage 

    All garbage must be properly bagged and placed directly into University dumpsters.  Storing garbage in the apartment or stairwell is not permitted.  In the townhouse apartments, garbage is only allowed on the back patio if it is maintained in a trashcan with a tight fitting lid.

  7. Fire Hazards  

    The University prohibits candles, incense, space heaters, and any items that generate a flame in any University apartment.  “Tocheire” halogen lamps are also not permitted in the apartments because of intense heat.  Fireworks, of any type, are not permitted on campus.

  8. Gambling 

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

  9. Guest Visitation Policy 

    Guests visiting for more than 7 consecutive days must be registered with the Office of Housing and Residence Life at least one (1) week prior to such visit and such requests may be denied at the sole discretion of the Office of Housing and Residence Life.  Persons not identified as residents or tenant’s guests may be considered trespassers at the University’s discretion.

    Residents who permit guests to reside in their apartment for more than 7 consecutive days or more than 10 days out of any month constitutes a violation of the housing contract.  Residents found violating this policy may be subject to eviction. Residents are responsible for their guest’s behavior. A guest is defined as anyone not assigned to the room/apartment. Any guest causing a disturbance may be asked to leave the apartment.  Full cooperation is expected from the resident if a guest is asked to leave.  Guests must obtain a parking permit from DPS and may only park in the area designated on the parking permit.

  10. Hallway/Courtyard Maintenance
    1. Belongings may not be stored in hallways, stairwells, or in such a way that the area becomes unsightly, or so the entry/exit to the apartment is blocked.
    2. All residents are responsible for keeping their area clean and picked up, including laundry rooms.  Residents are strongly encouraged to work together to maintain a clean community living area. 
    3. Concerns with neighbors should be addressed directly.  If inappropriate behaviors continue after such an attempt, the community advisor may then be contacted for assistance.
    4. Toys, including swimming pools, must be emptied and removed from the grass areas nightly.  Pools should be kept on the patio areas.  All outdoor toys shall be marked with name and apartment number.

  11. Health and Safety Checks 

    Health and Safety checks are performed one or more times per semester.  These are done to help assure healthy and safe living environments for all residents. Violations of Health and Safety standards include, but are not limited to, overloaded electrical circuits, grease buildup in and around stoves, unsanitary conditions, pets, etc.  Residents are expected to test smoke and CO detectors monthly and immediately report any that are not working properly. Removing the battery of a smoke or CO detector, for any purpose other than to immediately replace it with a new one, is a serious violation.

  12. Lockout Policy 

    Residents may obtain a temporary spare key from the West Campus Community Center office during regular hours of operation. Community advisors may unlock an apartment door for a family member that is listed on the Occupant Form.  After 8:00 PM, residents should contact the community advisor on duty for such assistance.  Community advisors are not permitted to allow lockout re-entry to anyone not named on the Occupant Form.

  13. Medical Waste 

    This policy applies to residents who self-administer medication including, but not limited to, insulin shots or clotting factors. Students are required to dispose of all needles and syringes in a medical waste container, provided at no charge by the Birkam Health Center.  Medical waste containers must be returned to the Health Center by the student when it becomes full, and/or at the end of each term (whichever comes first).

  14. Motor Vehicle Repair 

    No type of major automotive repair is permitted in any University housing parking lot.  This includes changing oil.  Public Safety may be contacted to identify a lot that is appropriate for such use.

  15. Occupancy 

    The single-student one-bedroom apartment may house a single student.  The family housing apartment’s two-bedroom unit may house no more than three (3) children and a three-bedroom unit may house no more than four (4) children. In the single student two- or three-bedroom apartment, the maximum occupancy is one tenant per bedroom. Only those people listed on the contract may occupy apartments.

  16. Painting 

    The painting of University Apartments is not permitted. The University paints the apartments on a regular, rotating schedule. Similarly, students are not permitted to decorate walls, ceilings or furniture with paints, highlighter, pencils, pens, acrylics, washable paints, laundry detergent, or any other substances.

  17. Parental Responsibility for Behavior of Children 

    Parents are responsible for the behavior and actions of their children. Residents are required to supervise the behavior of their children closely, and shall not leave young children unsupervised in or about the apartment complex, community center, or playground.

    Children may not be left for any period of time without supervision. All cases of suspected child neglect or abuse are turned over to the local state agency. Suspicion of neglect or abuse should be promptly reported to the community advisor or the Department of Public Safety. The curfew for children under the age of 14 is 9:00 PM (10:00 PM in the summer). Children 14 years and younger must be in their apartment by 9:00 PM (10:00 PM in the summer) unless in the company of their parent(s).

  18. Parking
    1. Off Street Parking. Driving on or parking on the sidewalk or grass for any reason is prohibited.  Any violation may result in a ticket issued by the Department of Public Safety and/or disciplinary action. Residents may only park in their assigned lot.  Motorized vehicles may not be parked on sidewalks, in courtyards, patios, or stairwells, or any campus building or facility. Parking in fire lanes is prohibited.
    2. Registration Limits. Residents living in the Townhouses on West Campus and who have two vehicles registered with Public Safety may only park one car next to the building; the second vehicle may only be parked on the island or in an overflow lot. 
    3. Recreational Vehicles. Trailers/campers/etc. must be registered with Public Safety and may only be parked in a space designated by Public Safety.  No motorized vehicles may be parked in stairwells, hallways, or on patios.  Residents may only register one car per legal age driver, with a limit of two cars per household.

  19. Pets

    Pets, unless permitted by law, are not permitted in University apartments or surrounding areas with the exception of fish in tanks or aquariums, which may be no larger than 30-gallon total capacity per apartment.

  20. Playground Policies 

    The Apartment Resident Council, through resident surveys, has developed the following playground policies:

    1. Play area hours are from 8:00 AM until 9:00 PM (10:00 PM in the summer). This includes the playground, basketball courts, and volleyball courts.
    2. Young children must have adult supervision at all times.
    3. No fighting, pushing, punching, shoving, kicking, or other forms of violence.
    4. No swearing, use of racial or ethnic slurs, or any other form of harassment.
    5. No littering.
    6. Personal belongings must be taken home when leaving the play area.
    7. Residents are ultimately responsible for their guests’ and children’s behavior. The playground is intended for the exclusive use of the apartment residents and their children.

  21. Quiet Hours/Courtesy Hours

    Residents have the right to sleep and study in their apartments at any time. When asked by someone to respect this right, residents are expected to demonstrate courtesy and consideration by complying with the request. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. As a general rule, at no time should noise be heard outside a resident’s apartment. Quiet hours are from 9:00 PM until 8:00 AM seven days a week.

  22. Rights and Freedoms 

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

  23. Satellite Dishes and Antennas 

    Satellite dishes, antennas, or similar devices are not permitted.

  24. Screens and Doors

    Screens must remain closed at all times. Blankets, sheets, and similar items may not be shut in doors as a means of hanging curtains. Doors must remain properly functional, closing completely at all times.

  25. Smoking

    Smoking is not permitted in the apartments.  Students must stand well away (minimum of 25 feet) from all buildings while smoking outside.

  26. Waterbeds 

    Waterbeds are not permitted.

  27. Weapons

    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

  28. Unregistered Gatherings 

    All apartment residents are required to register any gatherings of more than eight individuals (with or without student status) on University property, specifically at or in the University Apartments.

  29. Violation of Lease

     Apartment residents are subject to disciplinary action as well as administrative action for violating the terms and conditions of the apartment contract.