Institutional Response Teams

 A group of students take a selfie with President Crawford
Greg and Renate Crawford high five students on the football field
 President Greg celebrates a victory with the volleyball team

Institutional Response Team (IRT)

The Institutional Response Team (IRT) is a task force of professionals representing a broad range of offices and expertise on campus. The team consists of mental health, health, residence life, and student conduct professionals, legal and media counsel, police and faculty, and is led by the university's police chief and dean of students.

The IRT meets monthly to monitor campus incidents and climate and remains poised to respond in a variety of campus situations. In the event of an emergency, the IRT may call upon the Crisis Management Team to handle the immediate crisis and manage its aftermath

An Emergency Response Information brochure, which includes emergency procedures and contact information, was prepared and distributed to all faculty and staff in 2008. To view this information online, see Emergency Preparedness.

Membership

  • Kenya Ash
    Director, Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity, Title IX Coordinator
  • Vicka Bell-Robinson
    Director, Residence Life
  • Jennie Gilbert
    Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Pete Haverkos
    Regionals Sr. Assistant Dean of Student and Academic Success
  • Ann James
    Director, Office of Community Standards
  • Stephen Large
    Associate Vice President for Health and Wellness
  • John McCandless
    Miami University Chief of Police
  • Kimberly Moore
    Associate Vice President, Student Life and Dean of Students
  • Robin Parker
    University Counsel
  • Timothy Parsons
    Case Manager, Office of the Dean of Students
  • Michele Gaither Sparks
    Vice President, University Communications and Marketing 
  • Hannah Thompson
    Associate Director of GLBTQ Services
  • Cyndi Traficant 
    Practice Manager, Miami Health Services
  • Claire Wagner
    Director, University News and Communications
  • John Ward
    Director, Student Counseling

Employee Institutional Response Team (E-IRT)

In addition to the Institutional Response Team (IRT) that responds when there is a concern that a student may pose a risk of substantial harm to himself/herself, to others or to property, Miami University has an Employee Institutional Response Team (E-IRT) that responds when there is concern that an employee poses a risk of substantial harm to himself/herself, to others or to property.

The E-IRT consists of representatives of various campus offices.

If you have concerns that an employee may pose a risk of substantial harm to himself/herself, to someone else, or to property, we encourage you to contact co-chairs Ruth Groom (for faculty or staff in academic affairs units) or Dawn Fahner (for classified staff and unclassified staff in non-academic units). If they are unavailable, please contact any E-IRT member listed below.

For immediate potential danger call 911, or Miami University police at 513-529-2222 for the Oxford campus. Hamilton campus security can be reached at 513-785-3222; Middletown campus security can be reached at 513-727-3333 and at the Voice of America Learning Center, call 513-895-8862 daytime and 513-330-1530 in the evening.

Also, please make time to view a 6-minute public service announcement about what to do if you are in the area of an active shooter. This advice reflects law enforcement theory on how to respond to a shooter.

For more information about the university’s emergency responses, see University Response.

Membership

  • Kenya Ash
    Director, Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity
    529-7157
  • Christopher Connell
    Senior Director of Administration, Regional Campuses
    785-3171
  • Celia Ellison
    Director, Academic Personnel Services
    529-6724
  • Dawn Fahner
    Associate Vice President, Human Resources
    529-5716
  • Ruth Groom
    Assistant Provost for Academic Personnel
    529-9210
  • John McCandless
    Miami University Chief of Police
    529-2223
  • Marla Neibling
    Director, Employee and Labor Relations
    529-0432
  • Robin Parker
    University Counsel
    529-6734
  • Claire Wagner
    Director, University News and Communications
    529-7594
  • John Ward, ex officio
    Director, Student Counseling
    529-4634

Emergency Information

Emergency safety information for Oxford staff

Emergency safety information for Regional staff

All faculty and staff should carry with them the emergency information wallet cards that were distributed at the start of the school year and that hold other helpful phone numbers.