This policy establishes standards for continuity planning in order to prevent or minimize disruptions to critical operations.
This policy applies to all university organizational units.
Continuity plans ensure an organizational unit’s capability to continue its essential functions and to preserve essential facilities, equipment and records across a broad range of potential emergencies. Common elements of a continuity plan include an identification of critical functions and associated key people, consequences of slow recovery, strategies for ensuring continued functioning, and action items for improving a unit’s resilience. Every organizational unit is highly encouraged to develop and maintain a continuity plan.
Organizational units that are assigned specific responsibilities in the university’s Emergency Operations Plan or Recovery Plan, and other organizational units upon which they depend for continuation of their most critical functions, are required to develop and maintain a continuity plan.
Schools and divisions may require organizational units beyond the scope of this policy to develop and maintain continuity plans.
Prior to initial approval by executive leadership, continuity plans are to be reviewed by the Office of Emergency Management and validated through a tabletop exercise. Subsequent approval of annual revisions is the responsibility of the head of the organizational unit.
Organizational units (a university school, division, department, center, or office) meeting the criteria for continuity planning are responsible for:
Executive leadership (e.g. executive deans, vice presidents) is responsible for:
The University Risk & Compliance Committee is responsible for:
The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for:
The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for compliance tracking and reporting as described in the Policy Statement. The University Risk & Compliance Committee is responsible for prioritization of continuity planning efforts.
Reviewed by the Emergency Management Program Committee on January 26, 2016
Reviewed by the Risk and Compliance Committee on April 4, 2016
Approved by the Academic Council on May 3, 2016
May 3, 2016
May 3, 2016
Patricia Campbell (Executive Vice President)
David Harris (Provost)
Office of Emergency Management
Risk & Compliance Committee
The University reserves the right to change this policy from time to time. Proposed changes will normally be developed by those responsible for the policy with appropriate stakeholders. The approval entities have sole authority to approve changes to this policy.
Last reviewed on May 11, 2017. Next review date is May 11, 2018.