Activity schedule

Face-to-face teaching, focal points of the student activity calendar for the 2021-22 academic year

Ferris State University’s 2021-2022 academic year begins Monday, August 30, with face-to-face instruction as the predominant learning model, while the Ferris Reinstatement Committee keeps abreast of government guidelines to limit risks of exposure to COVID-19 for students, faculty and staff on campus.

Constant consideration for the safety of students, faculty, and staff at Ferris State University continues as plans for the 2021-22 academic year include in-person learning opportunities and social settings in addition to traditional norms. , before the start of the fall 2021 semester on Monday, August 30.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Bobby Fleischman said plans include increased lab, lecture hall and classroom time for students and faculty compared to the previous year.

“Eighty-five percent of the classes we plan to deliver this fall will be in-class, face-to-face classes,” Fleischman said. “Online courses in our BSc and MSc programs, where working professionals frequently seek to advance their careers, remain an important part of our education offerings.”

While this plan aligns Ferris with more established on-campus learning ratios previously, the university’s re-entry committee cited findings from the COVID-19 data tracker as to the rationale for the requirement for students, teachers and staff to wear protective masks indoors from Thursday 28 August. 12.

Dean of Student Life Joy Pulsifer said Ferris is also encouraging the entire campus community to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We are working hard to restore strong engagement opportunities while following evolving public health and Centers for Disease Control guidance,” Pulsifer said. “While the world has moved to fewer restrictions over the summer, COVID-19 is still present in our communities and poses a relative risk. We continue to require everyone to complete the daily symptom checker. When someone is symptomatic, we ask them to stay at their residence, as we encourage all faculty, staff and students to get vaccinated and maintain good hygiene practices.

The Reinstatement Committee plans to reevaluate the requirement and update the campus community before the start of the fall 2021 semester.

“We will continue to take a layered approach to minimizing the spread of COVID-19, which includes surveillance testing and sewage testing,” Pulsifer said. “Our goal is to return to a full in-person learning environment that will provide plenty of opportunities to connect in person.”

This sentiment also applies to housing and residence life activities, as well as student life supervised events, including Bulldog Beginnings events that begin when students move into housing and living facilities. in residence.

“In-person activities are central to the Ferris student experience,” Pulsifer said. “Our planning includes encouraging event organizers to consider opportunities to host large events to do so outdoors, particularly when serving food. We will endeavor to communicate event requirements clearly in advance in advertisements, written communications and social media posts. Visible signage indicating COVID-19 expectations at events will be our standard, with these practices being followed at the start of the event.

Beyond the Bulldog Beginnings events, Ferris Athletics is returning to competition with fans in attendance. This comeback includes the 94th reunion celebration on Saturday, September 25. Additionally, the Alumni Relations Office and Collaborating Groups have chosen “Bulldogs Back to Campus” as this year’s theme.