IT/PPS 04.11 - Information Technology Division Unplanned Service Interruption Communication
Information Technology Division Unplanned Service Interruption Communication
IT/PPS No. 04.11
Issue No. 2
Effective Date: 3/01/2020
Next Review Date: 3/01/2021 (EY)
Sr. Reviewer: Vice President for Information Technology
- This policy establishes Division of Information Technology (IT) unplanned service interruption communication protocols.
Service Interruption – a service outage or a loss or degradation of service affecting a subset of customers.
Key Service – a service used extensively or regularly by all or many customers. Key services include: email, telephone and voice mail, learning management system, financial and human resources system, student information system, web presence, wired or wireless network, internet service, file storage services (on premise or cloud), or authentication services.
GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES
When a service interruption of a key service occurs, the appropriate service owner shall contact the IT Assistance Center (ITAC) once they have been made aware of an issue.
ITAC shall, without significant delay, issue appropriate communications to the Texas State University campuses notifying faculty, staff (and if necessary, students) acknowledging the state of the service, including any known information pertaining to the restoration of normal service.
Appropriate communication shall be an email when:
it involves many faculty, staff, or students; or
when the university is closed.
Otherwise, appropriate communication can include an email or other broadly distributed communication mechanisms, such as social media, webpage content via the IT Service Dashboard, push notification via the TXST mobile app, or other appropriate communication methods.
If the service interruption involves the university’s web presence, the process of migrating to the emergency website will begin without significant delay after the service interruption is discovered.
ITAC will ensure that a draft email message that can be quickly and easily edited by an Information Technology Council (ITC) member is always available in the Outage Communications folder of the ITACInfo email account.
ITC members will configure their email clients to give them access to the ITACInfo mailbox.
In the case where an ITAC contact is not immediately available to send a notification to the campus, an ITC member close to the situation will edit the draft email according to the situation and send it to the appropriate recipients.
This policy is in effect 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
REVIEWERS OF THIS PPS
Reviewers of this PPS include the following:
Position Date Vice President for Information Technology March 1 EY Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Business Operations March 1 EY Assistant Vice President, Information Technology Assistance Center 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 Special Assistant to the Vice President for Information Technology March 1 EY
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