In a situation where in-person classes and on-campus operations need to be suspended such as by a directive from York Region Public Health or Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Niagara University will implement its Continuity of Education Plan (CEP) procedures, as outlined below, to minimize disruption as much as possible.
Notice of the implementation of the CEP will be provided to students, faculty and staff via their Niagara University email account as soon as possible and posted on Niagara University Ontario’s website and social media channels. Along with notification that the CEP has been implemented, additional information on how certain services can be accessed and the estimated duration of the CEP will be provided.
As all classes are currently offered online for the fall 2021 term, if on campus operations are suspended, there should be limited impact on educational programs with class times remaining unchanged. However, if any educational programs or related activities such as sessions, tests, examinations or presentations will be impacted, students, faculty and staff will be advised via their Niagara University email account as soon as possible with revised instructions or alternative options.
Administrative and Student support services are currently available online and will continue to do so if on campus operations are suspended. However, if any administrative or student support services will be impacted, students, faculty and staff will be advised via their Niagara University email account as soon as possible with revised instructions or alternative options.
Niagara University officials under the direction of Vince Rinaldo, Vice President for Ontario Administration, will continue to monitor the situation and make any necessary revisions as required. Students, faculty and staff could check their Niagara University email account regularly or the Niagara University Ontario web site or social media channels for up-to-date information.
In case of emergency, please contact the Campus Safety Department at (716) 286-8111 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. The Campus Safety Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Niagara University coordinates its efforts with the emergency response community at large and utilizes an “all-hazards” approach to address the full range of hazards that threaten, or may threaten the campus. Dealing with emergencies is an ongoing and complex undertaking. Implementation of preparedness measures before an emergency or disaster occurs ensures timely and effective response during an actual occurrence, coupled with provisions for both short- and long-term recovery assistance after the occurrence of an emergency and/or disaster, lives can be saved and property damage minimized.
Preparedness and Response
Two committees provide the comprehensive emergency management required to mitigate campus emergencies:
- The Committee on Crisis Management (CCM) is responsible for the overall development and maintenance of the ERP, and assures that all divisions and functional units have plans and training to efficiently and effectively respond to crisis related events. The CRT will meet at least annually to review and adopt proposed changes associated with Niagara University’s Emergency Response Plan prior to being forwarded to the President and the President’s Cabinet for final approval. The CCM will be chaired by Niagara University’s Executive Vice President.
- The Crisis Response Team (CRT) is composed of staff who have the responsibility and authority of determining and implementing all appropriate measures to respond to any emergency or disaster that may affect the university. When convened in response to an actual or perceived crisis, the CRT will have decision-making power regarding the university response.
The university utilizes the Incident Command System to respond to all emergencies on campus and in Vaughan. The Senior Vice President for Operations serves as the overall emergency director during any major emergency or disaster, and has the authority to declare a campus state of emergency. The Facility Services Director is the primary emergency coordinator overseeing coordination of the emergency response, mitigation and recovery operations. The Campus Safety Director is alternate emergency coordinator.
Additionally, the university’s Building Safety Team (BST) assists in the execution of the plan as requested and within training guidelines coordinated through CRT. The BST personnel serve as liaisons between the university and building occupants assisting distribution of campus notifications, evacuating a building, and assisting individuals in the event of an emergency.
Once immediate lifesaving activities are complete, the focus shifts to assisting individuals, critical infrastructure and business in meeting basic needs and returning to self-sufficiency. Recovery from an incident is unique, depending on personal impact, amount and kind of damage caused and resources available.
The Niagara University Emergency Response Plan (ERP), except for the appendices that contain information considered confidential and therefore not available to the general public, is available to the campus community and to the public online at www.niagara.edu/emergencypreparedness.