Ferris Policy

Ferris Non-Discrimination Statement

Ferris State University does not tolerate sexual violence in any form. The University has a Policy on Nondiscrimination that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex including sexual violence and other conduct prohibited by Title IX.

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Who on campus is required to report?

The University requires that all Responsible Employees immediately share all known details related to a report of sexual violence with the Title IX Coordinator or designee. This connects a complainant to information and resources and enables the University to take appropriate action to eliminate, prevent and address any hostile environment that may exist. A Responsible Employee includes: any employee who has the authority to take action to redress sexual harassment including sexual violence; or who has a duty to report to appropriate school officials (Title IX Coordinator) sexual harassment including sexual violence or any other misconduct by students or employees; or whom an individual could reasonably believe has this authority or responsibility.

The following officials have been designated as Responsible Employees for complaint reporting purposes:
  • Academic Department and School Chairs and Directors, and other Academic Unit heads
  • Academic, Education and Career advisors/counselors Administrative Unit heads
  • Athletic coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, directors, assistant directors, advisors, associate directors, and managers
  • Camp Counselors
  • Deans, Associate Deans, and Assistant Deans
  • Department of Public Safety Officers and Employees (Sergeants, Captains, Chief, Command Staff)
  • Faculty members, part time instructors and adjunct instructors
  • Housing and Residence Life Staff, including Resident Assistants
  • Human Resources Staff
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion employees
  • President, Vice Presidents, Associate Vice Presidents, Assistant Vice Presidents, and Directors
  • Student Affairs Staff (with the exception of Birkam Health and Counseling Center Staff)
  • Title IX Coordinator and any Deputy Coordinators
  • Other Administrators/Employees with supervisory responsibilities and/or who supervise students

Not all employees are identified as Responsible Employees in this policy; however, if an individual could reasonably believe an employee has the authority or responsibility to report, they would be considered a Responsible Employee. Given that, all employees should immediately share all known details of an incident of sexual violence (names of the alleged perpetrator(s) and individual(s) involved as well as pertinent facts concerning the alleged occurrence - date, time, and location) with the Title IX Coordinator or designee to help protect students (and employees) and the campus community.

The following have been designated as “Mandated Reporting Officials” for sexual violence:

  • All Deans, Directors (excluding Director of Counseling)
  • Department Heads
  • Program Chairs
  • Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator(s)
  • Chief Communications Officer
  • Coordinator of Administration and Finance
  • Employee Supervisors
  • Advisers of Student Organizations
  • An individual who students could reasonably believe to hold such authority

Employee and Student Dignity

The University expects all students and employees to conduct themselves with dignity and respect for students, employees and others. It is each individual’s responsibility to behave in a civil manner and to make responsible choices about the manner in which they conduct themselves.

Harassment of any kind, including sexual or racial harassment, is not acceptable at the University. The University does not condone or allow harassment of others, whether engaged in by students, employees, or by vendors of others doing business with the University.

Harassment is the creation of a hostile or intimidating environment in which verbal or physical conduct, because of its severity or persistence, is likely to significantly interfere with an individual’s work or education, or adversely affect a person’s living conditions. It is the responsibility of the president, or his/her designee, to establish and administer University policy to support this principle.