Definition of a Crisis

A crisis is any critical incident that involves death, serious injury, or threat to people; damage to environment, animals, property and/or data; disruption of operations; threat to the ability to carry out mission; and/or, threat to the financial welfare and image of the university. Crisis response and critical incident planning involves preparing for on-campus events, however outside events can pose crises such as an accident or incident involving a group or activity sponsored by the university away from the main campus.