A Campus Vulnerability Assessment is a comprehensive look at a department’s facilities and functions to identify the natural, human-caused, or technological hazards that could disrupt university functions. The goal is to help departments be better prepared for emergencies or disruptions and minimize their effects.
A Campus Vulnerability Assessment process includes a site visit from technical experts from the following units:
- Emergency Management & Continuity
- Office of Risk Management
- UO Police Department
- Environmental Health and Safety
- Campus GIS and Mapping
- Campus Planning and Facilities Management
- Fire & Life Safety
The Campus Vulnerability Assessment Team conducts coordinated, site-specific vulnerability assessments that look at safety, security, risk, emergency preparedness, and business continuity.
The team develops a comprehensive report that highlights issues/concerns, as well as provides recommendations and proposed actions.
The team will then have a series of formal and informal meetings to understand the department’s workflow, as well as identify and discuss the issues and threats facing a department from a variety of perspectives.
The team then works independently to collect more data, assess other threats, and develop strategies and recommendations for mitigating risks.
After this work and review of a draft Vulnerability Assessment report, the assessment team provides the department director with a detailed written report and a list of practical action items to mitigate the identified risks. This assessment does not override or replace other legally required inspections or reporting that a department must complete.
A department may benefit from a Vulnerability Assessment if the following characteristics apply:
- High daily traffic count/population
- Conduct sensitive research or highly vulnerable operations
- Have a significant insurance claim history
- Generates significant revenue or expenditures
Any department director can request a full or partial Campus Vulnerability Assessment. A full assessment encompasses all the aspects described above while a partial assessment can address one or several focus areas.