Agency:  North Dakota State University Report Date: January 11, 2018
Type: Performance  LAFRC Date:  
Issued By: State Auditor Period Ending: January 11, 2018






Executive Summary: 


Emergency operations plans and continuity of operations plans are essential elements of an institution’s security policy. The purpose of our audit was to determine the nature and extent of North Dakota State University (NDSU)’s policies and procedures regarding emergency preparedness.  Following is a description of the objective and an overview of the findings.

Objective 1​​​


Does NDSU have an effective strategy regarding the development and implementation of an emergency operations plan?


We determined NDSU has developed an emergency operations plan. However, several opportunities for improvement were identified regarding the development and implementation of the plan.

    • NDSU lacks a collaborative planning team consisting of a cross-section of the institution. (pages 7-8)
    • NDSU lacks a formalized emergency operations risk assessment process. (pages 8-9)
    • NDSU lacks documented goals and objectives regarding emergency operations. (pages 9-10)
    • NDSU does not identify procedures for high-risk incidents/emergencies in the EOP (Pages 10-11)
    • NDSU lacks formalized minimum training requirements in the EOP. (page 11)
    • NDSU lacks formalized minimum exercise requirements in the EOP. (pages 11-12)
    • NDSU lacks a formalized process for periodically reviewing and revising the plan at least every 2 years. (page 12-13)


Objective 2


Does NDSU have an effective continuity of operations plan (COOP)?


We determined NDSU does not have a COOP implemented as required by SBHE Policy 906.

    • NDSU lacks a comprehensive COOP. (pages 14-15)


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