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Office of Risk Management

Business Continuity

Continuity of Operations Planning

SMU continually plans for incidents that may affect University operations.  As part of that process, SMU maintains Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) for specified departments to guide the recovery of academic and critical University support functions after an emergency or disruption.

Continuity of Operations Plans help departments within the University resume critical functions through documenting the following:

  • What the department's critical functions are;
  • Who can activate and execute the COOP;
  • Dependencies that are needed for recovery;
  • Departmental communication methods; and
  • Establish restoration strategies.

SMU's COOP plans should be developed utilizing an all-hazard approach.  This helps to ensure that the critical functions of the department, as identified in the COOP, continue regardless of the type of emergency or disruption.

The links on the side provide additional information on developing a COOP plan at SMU.  If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Risk Management at or 214-768-2083.

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