After less than a week, Ferris has come to the decision to suspend all face–to–face classes for the remainder of the semester.
President David Eisler announced on March 18, that campus will be closed until June 1. Along with this decision Ferris will no longer be having its spring commencement. Rather than postponing, Ferris is allowing anyone who would have walked in May, to walk during the fall and spring commencements of the following school year.
All summer classes offered by Ferris will also be offered solely online.
Ferris originally sent out an email to students that have been currently living on campus to be moved out by this Sunday, March 22 by 5 p.m. However this was a miscommunication.
After the spring break ended 400 students returned to campus, and these are the students who are required to move out by Sunday.
There are approximately 2,800 other students who did not return to campus after spring break, and are not required to gather their belongings before Sunday.
According to a new email that was sent out March 19, to students, Housing is currently working on a plan where students can select a day and time that works best for them, to gather their items. Housing clarified that it was never their intent to have hundreds of students come back to campus all at the same time to move out and apologized for the miscommunication.
For some students, such as international students, living on campus is their permanent home. Housing is working directly with them to ensure that they have a place to stay.
Along with that, any other student who’s only home is living on campus, they must apply to remain on campus on the MyHousing portal on myfsu.ferris.edu. These requests will then be reviewed on a case–by–case basis and must be submitted by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. and will be responded to within 48 hours of submission.
All of this excludes families who are living in University apartments, they are not required to move out.
Students who live in residence halls have the option to store their items in the residence halls and can retrieve their items at a later date. Those who live in the suites and apartments who plan to leave are limited to storage options. Housing is encouraging that students take advantage of the offer that U-Haul is providing by allowing students to have 30 days of free storage as a result of COVID-19.
More information regarding COVID-19 and what Ferris is doing about it can be found at https://www.ferris.edu/coronavirus or one can contact the Dean of Student Life, Joy Pulsifer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor’s Note: The article has been changed to reflect the updated procedures. This story will continue to be updated as more information comes about.