Administrative policy on campus emergencies | Policy Register | Kent State University

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Administrative policy on campus emergencies

  1. Policy statement. The purpose of the policy is to prepare the university to effectively plan for, respond to, and recover from a major emergency.
  2. Authority.This policy is promulgated pursuant to the authority granted to the board of trustees in sections 3341.04. 3345.21, and 3345.26, of the Ohio Revised Code, as amended,and as directed by the board in university policy 3342-5-14 (B)(1), "University Policy Regarding Emergency Management Plan."
  3. Definitions.
    1. Emergency. An emergency is an event or condition that presents an imminent risk of death,serious injury, or illness to the university community, suspension or significant disruption of university operations, significant physical or environmental damage, or significantly threatens the university's financial well being.
    2. Campus emergency management plan. The campus emergency management plan is the university's strategy to prepare for, mitigate, respond to, and recover from actual or potential emergencies.
    3. Department emergency operations plan. The department emergency operations plan is the internal, department-level plan that prescribes the changes in functional responsibilities and operations of a department during an emergency.
  4. Implementation.
    1. The president directs the regional campus deans and the director of public safety to develop, maintain, and annually update an emergency management plan for each of their respective campuses.  Each plan shall include, at a minimum, the following:
      1. The common goal to maximize human safety and survival, minimize danger, preserve and protect property and critical infrastructure, provide for responsible communication with the university community and the public during and after an emergency, and restore normal activities;
      2. The utilization of university resources and processes to prevent or otherwise mitigate potential emergencies;
      3. The establishment of an emergency response team responsible for emergency planning and response;
      4. Collaboration with local emergency management partners;
      5. An effective means of public emergency notification at the campus level;
      6. Department-level emergency operations planning; and
      7. Adoption of the National Incident Management System.
    2. The regional campus deans and the director of public safety are further directed to develop, maintain, and make available an emergency guide for each respective campus to assist students, faculty, and staff to prepare for and respond to emergency conditions.
    3. The director of public safety is directed to assist each campus with plan development and to coordinate emergency management activities between campuses.
    4. The president may, depending upon the circumstances, direct each each executive officer where to report and ensure their compliance with this policy in each of their respective divisions.
Policy Effective Date: 
Mar. 01, 2015
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