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OU Administrative Policies
and Procedures

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Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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OU Administrative Policies
and Procedures

371 Wilson Blvd., Suite 4000
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)

605 Crisis Management Team


RATIONALE:  The purpose of this policy is to provide an explanation of the composition, general duties, responsibilities and activation process of the University’s Crisis Management Team (Team).

POLICY:  A Team has been established as an administrative decision-making group to respond to Critical Incidents which may occur at Oakland University. The Team’s purpose is to manage decision-making, communications flow, and operational responses to a Critical Incident, in accordance with the University's Emergency Response Plan.  

SCOPE AND APPLICABILITY:  This policy applies specifically to officials designated as primary members of the Team and their designated alternates.  


Critical Incidents:  Those campus-wide emergencies that threaten life or property, or those which impact a significant portion of the University community (including, but not limited to, major fires, civil disturbances, and weather disasters).


A. Composition of the Team

  • University President – serves as Team Leader

  • Chief Of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

  • Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer to the Board of Trustees 

  • Chief of Police – OUPD – serves as Team Coordinator

  • Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

  • Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

  • Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel

  • Vice President for Communications and Marketing

  • Associate Vice President for Facilities Management

  • Chief Information Officer

  • Emergency Manager

  • Other members as needed and determined by the Team

  • Executive Director Macomb County Outreach


B. Team Notification Procedure:

Generally, the Chief of Police, or designee, will brief the Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees (General Counsel) regarding an impending or actual Critical Incident. The Chief Of Police will immediately apprise the President of the situation, and a decision whether to activate the Team will be rendered. If a decision is reached to activate the Team, the President, or designee, will notify all Team members via a communication protocol that has been established for this purpose. All team members should report to room 118 North Foundation unless specified otherwise in the communication.

During this initial notification, members may be placed on "stand-by" or directed to report immediately. Once activated, the members of the Team will set aside all other duties and place the Critical Incident as their top priority. This priority shall also be extended to their various subordinates deemed appropriate depending on the nature of the specific incident. 


C. Designation of Alternates

It is the responsibility of each member of the Team, to provide for an alternate to carry out the assigned responsibilities in his/her absence and to inform the Chief of Police of said alternate (and any future changes).

D. Team Members’ Availability

It is the responsibility of each primary member of the Team to notify their alternate whenever they will be absent from the local area (vacation, off-campus meeting, attendance at conferences, etc.). 

E. Oakland University’s Emergency Response Plan

All members of the Team and their designated alternates have been issued a copy of the University’s Emergency Response Plan. The plan identifies and describes both general and specific responsibilities of the various Team members when they have been activated to deal with a Critical Incident.

Since time is often a significant factor when dealing with Critical Incidents, it is important that the identified University officials meet with their staffs and develop pre-established organizational plans to effectively respond to potential emergencies.