University of Houston-Victoria

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Declaration of a Campus Emergency

The campus emergency levels define the magnitude of a campus incident, which allows for an assessment of the impact on the campus facility, its services, and its impact to students, faculty, and staff. Campus incidents must be assessed according to their particular characteristics and levels of potential impact in order to make a final decision regarding a declaration of a campus emergency.

Declaration of a Campus Emergency

A declaration of campus emergency is an official designation intended to communicate to the University, as well as to state and local officials, that the University’s normal functions and operations are interrupted and our resources are unable to meet demands resulting from the event. Only the President or his/her designee is authorized to issue a declaration of campus emergency. It must exist in written form and be communicated publicly.

The Emergency Manager, Provost, Public Safety and Security or designee shall immediately consult with the President or Provost regarding the incident to assess the need for declaration of a campus emergency, in collaboration with the Emergency Manager, University Incident Commander and other emergency responders, if necessary.

This EMP will promulgate under the authority of the President of the University.

  1. Decisions concerning the discontinuation of University functions, cancellation of classes, or cessation of operations, rest with the institution President or designee.
  2. During a Declaration of a Campus Emergency, the institution President and Provost, or designee, shall place into immediate operation its procedures to meet the incident to the extent possible and to safeguard its students, faculty, staff and property.

Delegation of Authority

The University of Houston-Victoria will utilize existing Delegations of Authority authorized by the University of Houston-Victoria President if needed in the event of an emergency. In addition, the President’s Organizational structure currently in place will be utilized as those individuals are trained and prepared to assume leadership roles in the absence of the President. Additional information regarding UHV Delegation of Authority and Organizational Charts may be found at the locations below. UHV will follow the outlined guidelines established by the University of Houston when other sources may not be available.

Delegation of Authority: References and follows the outline established in UHV Policy B1: Expenditures and Expenditure Authority

Organization Chart: Emergency Response Team Organizational Chart