Crisis Management Team

A Crisis Management Team has been established as an administrative decision-making group to respond to critical incidents that may occur at Oakland University. Critical incidents are generally defined as 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). The Crisis Management Team’s purpose is to assist with decision-making, communications flow and operational response capability.

The Crisis Management Team is comprised of:

  • University President – serves as Team Leader
  • Vice President for Finance and Administration – serves as Alternate Team Leader
  • Chief of Police – OUPD – serves as Team Coordinator
  • Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees
  • Vice President for Communications and Marketing
  • Other members as needed and determined by the Team

In the event of a crisis, the Chief of Police, or designee, will brief the Vice President for Finance and Administration regarding an impending or actual critical incident. The Vice President for Finance and Administration will immediately apprise the President of the situation, and a decision whether to call the Crisis Management Team into action is rendered. If a decision is reached to activate the Crisis Management Team, the Vice President for Finance and Administration will subsequently contact all team members.

During this initial notification, members may be placed on “stand-by” or directed to report immediately to a specific meeting location.  Once activated, the members of the team set aside all other duties and place the critical incident as their top priority.  This priority will also be extended to their various subordinates deemed appropriate depending on the nature of the specific incident.

All members of the Crisis Management Team have a copy of the university’s Emergency Response Plan. The plan identifies and describes both general and specific responsibilities of the various Crisis Management Team members when they have been activated to deal with a critical incident. The Emergency Response Plan is reviewed, tested, and updated at least annually.

For more information, review the Crisis Management Team policy.