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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We don't really have a very big problem when it comes to safety.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: the health center has free counseling and health care included in tuition if your insurance covers it.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Ferris works hard to keep us safe, however on any college campus there is a risk. Ferris could do more to keep us safe

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: emergency phones are present but other than that, safety seems lacking

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Ferris is labeled as one of the "party" schools. Since the atmosphere is of a small town, there are not too many activities to take part in. Despite this characterization, the majority of students surveyed generally feel safe being on campus. There is a police presence, though many think they are there only to issue parking tickets.

The safety concerns revolve around theft and robbery, as well as walking alone or on unlit paths. Most students are able to avoid the concerns of the latter issue by always being with a group of people. It is the best and safest way to get around campus at night. The police are available when there is a problem and they are needed. However, most tickets that they do hand out during the school year are related to parking violations.

The health center on campus is of high to mediocre quality. The facility includes a health area for mind and body. The center is pretty convenient to get to. It is located right next to the recreation facility and is in the center area of campus. The faculty there treats patients for every illness, birth control, counseling, and referrals to the local hospital. The staff is helpful and there to assist you in being and staying well.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 0
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Public Safety
1319 Cramer Circle
Non-Emergency: (231) 591-5000; Campus Crime Hotline: (231) 591-5900
Safety Services
  • Blue-light emergency phones on campus
  • Campus crime hotline
  • Emergency response team
  • Escort service
  • Residency hall security
Health Center
Birkam Health Center
1019 Campus Drive
(231) 591-2614
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy Clinic
  • Contraceptive Clinic
  • HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling
  • Immunization Clinic
  • Laboratory Services
  • Pharmacy
  • Weight Control Clinic
  • Women's Health Clinic
Day Care Services?

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 63 responses

  • 20% None
  • 12% Excessive drinking
  • 10% Walking alone
  • 10% Drugs
  • 9% Theft/robberies
  • 7% Unlit pathways
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Gang violence
  • 2% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 18 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 62 responses

  • 27% High quality, very convenient.
  • 32% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 27% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 2% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 23% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 45% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 31% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 2% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 27% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 58% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 15% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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