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Business Continuity Planning

What is Business Continuity?

A collection of resources, actions, procedures, and information that is developed, tested, and held in readiness for use in the event of a major disruption of business operations.

Identify Risks

The following silos represent risks that may affect the mission of Ohio University and should be considered for Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. Specific risks to your department should also be considered.


  • Loss or inaccessibility of facilities (fire, flooding, etc)
  • Unavailability of employees (retired, home emergency, public health emergency)
  • Utility failures (power, heating, cooling, water)
  • Critical equipment/hardware failure
  • Vital records destroyed or unavailable to access
  • Dependent business or third party providers suffer a business disruption
  • Off-site storage locations unavailable
  • Environmental controls inoperable (heating, cooling)
  • Loss of laboratory supplies and materials, research
  • Student protests/lack of participation, payment
  • Natural hazard (flooding, blizzard, tornado, etc)
  • Chemical/Environmental incident


  • Telephone services unavailable
  • Critical software unavailable
  • Data (electronic or paper) unavailable or destroyed
  • Data corruption or theft
  • Computer hardware failures
  • Computer theft


  • Lawsuits
  • Noncompliance with regulations
  • Contract violations
  • Personal liability issues in case of injury or sickness or harassment


  • Fines
  • Penalties
  • Fees
  • Increase in Insurance premiums
  • Insurance deductibles
  • Replacement costs
  • Loss of grant funding
  • Loss of financial contributions
  • Theft or misuse of funds


  • Decreased enrollment
  • Loss of key staff and faculty
  • Jeopardized accreditations
  • Loss of permits
  • Loss of patents and technology transfer
  • Lower University standing


  • Loss of trust
  • Negative media publicity
  • Degradation customer service
  • Insufficient business continuity and emergency plans

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