The Business Continuity Office is responsible for developing programs, plans and capabilties that enable RIT to respond to incidents quickly and return to normal operations as soon as possible with the least amount of impact to the campus community.
Comprehensive Business Continuity Program
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is potentially subject to natural and man-made incidents that could threaten its community and resources. In an overall effort to protect the University’s mission, RIT has developed the Comprehensive Business Continuity Program as a proactive means of preparing for and responding to unplanned interruptions both small and larger scale.
Business Continuity is a holistic and integrated approach that identifies potential impacts that threaten an organization and provides a framework for building resilience with the capability for effective emergency response, crisis management and communications and operational recovery. The program also includes training and exercises to ensure the plans stay current and up to date.
Priorities for the program are:
1: Protection of Human Life
2: Support of Health, Safety and Basic Care Services
3: Protection of University Assets
4: Maintenance of University Services
5: Assessment of Damages
6: Restoration of Operations
Find out more about each program area (Pre-Incident Planning, Emergency Response, Crisis Management, Operational Recovery and Emergency Communications - RIT Alert) by clicking on the appropriate link on the left.
Key Results Areas
1. Community First
- Understanding that people are the most important element to any program, encourage participation and understanding at all levels of the university
- Provide communication and education programs that provide useful information and that encourage trust in the organization as well as in themselves
- Ensure that the needs of all community members are taken into account
- Promote a culture that values community bonds and capability of self-organization, minimizing the top-down, hierarchical approach to response and recovery.
- Promote the idea that individuals are the first, first responders who will not panic at the onset of a disaster
- Base planning for response and recovery on capability development using an all-hazards approach
3. Mutual Aid and Support
- Engage with community responders and planners to the fullest extent possible
- Participate in local exercises and training programs
4. Integration and Alignment
- All elements of the program including response, incident management, crisis communications and recovery will be integrated ensuring the full continuum of an incident is addressed
- As no operation works in a vacuum; the program will ensure that the enterprise is viewed holistically, connecting vertical and horizontal dependencies across all operations