Continuing in the Behind the Scenes series is Global Risk Management Services (GRMS), under the guidance of Assistant Vice President John Zink.
The chief mission of GRMS is to minimize risk at RIT and protect the university’s people and assets. John and his team work to find potential risks around the institute and channel expertise and resources to mitigate or eliminate them.
John oversees the Business Continuity Office, the Department of Environmental Health & Safety, Information Security Office, the Department of Public Safety, Risk Management & Insurance, and the Print & Postal Hub. There are many risks associated with running a higher education institution such as RIT such as the thousands of students who live on campus (and sometimes we can make poor decisions) to the dozens of buildings and structures to compliance with various laws and regulations.
Through the Business Continuity Office, GRMS oversees the planning of business continuity operations, crisis management, and emergency response. You can check out the plan here to learn more specifics. Plans and procedures are developed in-line with Federal Emergency Management Agency standards and the team has strong working relationships with area police and emergency response organizations.
The Department of Environmental Health & Safety is responsible for ensuring that RIT provides a healthy and safe working, living, and learning environment around campus and aims to reduce RIT’s negative environmental impact. In addition to performing fire and safety inspections the department holds the institute in compliance work relevant health and safety laws and regulations.
Keeping our digital assets and infrastructure safe is the Information Security Office. They are charged with the protection of the RIT computer network and the education and training of its users. The office’s engineers and analysts are constantly working to make sure that RIT’s network is as safe as it can be and that it is in-line with industry best practices.
Public Safety is perhaps the most visible of the office. It’s services include escort service,blue-light courtesy call boxes, crime prevention awareness programs and informationaldisplays, bicycle registration and engraving, lost and found, motorist assists, apartment lock-outs, emergency notifications, and fire evacuations the department also provides assistancewith class projects, security surveys, victim and witness assistance, investigations, dignitaryprotection (such as for U.S. Senators or celebrities), incident action plan creation for specialevents, joint drills, business continuity operations, and emergency operations functionsfor the university. Public Safety is in many ways on the front lines for RIT. The departmentis staffed and working 24/7 and often they are the people who are called in any type ofemergency. Check our article from past week about Public Safety to learn more about what they do.
Lastly, the Print & Postal Hub handles all mail services for the institute and offers a variety of printing solutions for RIT offices as well as students and even the general public. Based out of building 99, the Hub is in the process of adding new capabilities so that it will soon be able to print on a variety of media including t-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, and cell phone cases.
John has a few things he’d like students to know and remember. First: Public Safety is here to help everyone at RIT — they are a service organization so use them. Also, make use of available resources such as TigerSafe and the RIT Alert system to help keep you safe and informed. Lastly, keep an eye out for your peers. College can be a stressful time for studentsfor a multitude of reasons. Be a good friend and support and help your peers when they need it.
To learn more about Global Risk Management Services visit http://www.rit.edu/fa/grms/.