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IT/PPS 01.04 - Areas Identified as Necessary to Conduct Minimum Basic Operations

Areas Identified as Necessary to Conduct Minimum Basic Operations

IT/PPS No. 01.04
Issue No. 1
Effective Date: 2/04/2021
Next Review Date: 3/01/2022 (EY)
Sr. Reviewer: Vice President for Information Technology

  1. POLICY STATEMENTS

    1. The purpose of this policy and procedure statement (PPS) is to designate key areas in the Division of Information Technology as necessary to conduct basic divisional operations.

    2. UPPS No. 05.04.02, Closing the Campus Because of Weather or Other Emergencies, Section 02.03 i., requires that a divisional PPS be generated defining both those designated as key personnel and those who are considered critical to the perpetuation of vital university functions during emergency periods primarily associated with severe weather conditions.

  2. DEFINITIONS

    1. Essential Area – areas in the division critical to the essential operations of the Division of Information Technology and the university.

    2. On-Campus Point of Contact – person designated to act on behalf of an area or unit designated with authority to remediate time-sensitive issues. They will coordinate with, and reach out to, others within their respective area and must be present on campus when serving in this capacity.

    3. Off-Campus Point of Contact – person designated to act on behalf of an area or unit designated with authority to remediate time-sensitive issues. They will coordinate with, and reach out to, others within their respective area. While serving in this capacity, personnel must be reachable via normal business channels (phone, email, Microsoft Teams) and must be able to quickly report to campus in emergent situations.

    4. Skeleton Crew – persons designated to support operations during times the university has designated skeleton crews are required (i.e., energy conservation days). Skeleton crew days are normal workdays for those designated as part of the skeleton crew. Time recording during skeleton crew workdays is addressed in UPPS No. 04.04.16, Overtime and Compensatory Time Policy.

  3. DESIGNATION OF ESSENTIAL AREAS

    1. The following table lists the essential areas within the Division of Information Technology. The vice president for Information Technology (VPIT) and unit assistant or associate vice presidents (AVP), or equivalent, may designate other personnel within their areas to assist with operations as needed.

      Unit Department On Campus Point of Contact Off Campus Point of Contact Skeleton Crew
      Information Security Office Information Security X X(1)
      IT Assistance Center AVP X
      IT Assistance Center Client Solutions X X
      IT Assistance Center Learning Spaces X X
      IT Assistance Center Managed Services X X
      IT Business Operations IT Business Services X
      IT Business Operations AVP X
      Technology Resources Network Operations X X
      Technology Resources Enterprise Systems X X(1)
      Technology Resources Mobile/Web Systems X X(1)
      Technology Resources Business Analysis & Solutions X X(1)
      Technology Resources AVP X
      University Libraries Research and Learning Services X X
      University Libraries Round Rock Library X X
      University Libraries Alkek One X X
      University Libraries AVP X
      VPIT VPIT X X

      (1) can be off-site

  4. ENERGY CONSERVATION DAYS COVERAGE PROCEDURES

    1. Annually, The Texas State University System (TSUS) Board of Regents approves energy conservation days. The president has designated essential offices to remain open with skeleton crews. Other offices may be requested by the VPIT to remain open. Areas designated as essential offices can be found on the Human Resources’ Holiday Schedule page.

    2. Each unit AVP, or equivalent must provide a contact list for their respective areas to the VPIT’s administrative office staff.

  5. REMOTE WORKING OR TELECOMMUTING PROCEDURES

    1. To meet the university’s needs, areas have been identified as essential to university operations and must have at least one full-time employee available during the normal 40-hour work week. The VPIT may determine if more individuals are needed to perform the necessary work responsibilities.

    2. All other full-time employees not physically on campus, are expected to work remotely for 40 hours per week. The expectation is that anyone working remotely is reachable, available, and demonstrating work outcomes. These individuals must submit remote work agreements and have them approved by their supervisor.

    3. It may not be possible for some employees to work remotely from home. In those cases, they should come to their work site and follow the work schedule as approved by their supervisor.

  6. REVIEWER OF THIS PPS

    1. Reviewers of this PPS includes the following:

      Position Date
      Special Assistant to the Vice President for Information Technology March 1 EY
      Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Assistance Center March 1 EY
      Interim Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Business Operations March 1 EY
      Associate Vice President, Technology Innovation Office March 1 EY
      Associate Vice President, Technology Resources March 1 EY
      Associate Vice President and University Librarian March 1 EY
      Chief Information Security Officer March 1 EY
      Executive Assistant, Information Technology March 1 EY
      Vice President for Information Technology March 1 EY
  7. CERTIFICATION STATEMENT

    This PPS has been reviewed by the following individual in their official capacity and represents Texas State Information Technology policy and procedure from the date of this document until superseded.

    Vice President for Information Technology; senior reviewer of this PPS