There are important differences between the manner in which a school or university conducts its operations and the manner in which a corporation conducts its business. The entire purpose of operations, the presence of large numbers of students, the style of management, etc. are all greatly different between a school (K-12), college, university or other academic institution and a business.
Typically in the mission statement of a school or university Continuity of Operation Plan (COOP) the primary objectives are stated as the maintenance of life support and environmental health services. Great emphasis is placed in responding to emergency events (‘incident response’) and less emphasis is often placed on continuity planning. In an academic setting teaching and research activities can be suspended for a period of time without loss of revenue or long-term loss of education. This article examines some of the unique characteristics as well as some of the common problem areas within a typical school or university COOP.