What is accessibility?
"Accessible" means that individuals with disabilities are able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services within the same time frame as individuals without disabilities, with substantially equivalent ease of use.
How is accessibility measured?
The University measures online content accessibility and functionality according to The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 techniques for web content. Additionally, the University seeks to achieve adherence to and conformance with the following standards (where possible):
Who is responsible for ensuring accessibility compliance?
Technology accessibility is an institution-wide responsibility. Technology access for individuals with disabilities must provide comparable functionality, affordability, accuracy of content and timeliness of service delivery. Products and services must be usable by the greatest number of people including individuals with disabilities.
Each college, administrative unit, faculty member, and employee is responsible to ensure compliance and, if notified of non-compliance, is required to remediate.
The Office of the Provost oversees the implementation of and compliance with the ICT Accessibility Policy. The Executive Vice President & Provost, or designee, shall appoint a standing ICT Accessibility Committee to coordinate those efforts.
Is accessibility training required?
Consistent with the Corrective Action Plan, the University currently offers and requires annual participation in website accessibility training for academic faculty and anyone responsible for developing, loading, maintaining, or auditing web content and functionality. Until such time as OCR closes its monitoring of this agreement, the University will submit to OCR on a quarterly basis documentation of this training and other measures taken.
Who do I contact with questions or for assistance with accessibility?
For assistance with accessibility, or to report an issue, please use the Accessibility Help Form. The form is setup to automatically route your request to the appropriate individual(s) who can best assist you with your request.