The mission of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Business Continuity Program is to establish and support an on-going contingency planning program to evaluate the impact of significant events that may adversely affect students, faculty, staff and assets. This planning is designed to ensure that the University can recover its mission critical functions, meeting its research, teaching and public service responsibility to its stakeholders and complying with the requirements of Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5, Texas Administrative Code Title 1 Part 10 Chapter 202 Subchapter C Rule §202.74, and University of Texas System (UTS) 172-Emergency Management policy.
The goals for successful Business Continuity Planning are that each vice president/provost, dean, director, department chair, or supervisor assumes responsibility for the operational continuity in their respective units. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Identification and prioritization of critical business processes.
- Regular assessment of the potential impact of various types of events / disasters.
- Definition of departmental responsibilities and emergency arrangements.
- Documentation of all procedures and responsibilities.
- Communication of business continuity and recovery plans to all necessary individuals.
- Participation in an annual business continuity exercise to test their business continuity and recovery plans.
- Identify gaps, best practices and updates within their plan after an exercise and share findings with the Office of Emergency Management & Business Continuity (OEMBC) for implementation into the After Action Report (ARR). Findings reported in the AAR should have a timeline for correction/implementation.
- Annual review of business continuity and recovery plans to ensure they are complete and up-to-date.