Digital Accessibility Policy

Purpose:

The University of Missouri is committed to supporting a digital campus that is accessible to everyone. The goal of this policy is to ensure that all digital communications and information technology is designed, developed, and procured to be accessible to people with disabilities, including those who access our digital presence using assistive technologies. This policy is designed to ensure equal opportunity to all students, faculty, staff, and members of the public with disabilities, as well as ensuring that our university meets and exceeds the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended), Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state law. An accessible digital campus enhances usability for all users, and by providing digital accessibility we ensure that as broad a population as possible can access, benefit from, and contribute to our university.

Policy:

All Divisions and Departments within the university community which create, manage or disseminate communications or technology are responsible for ensuring accessibility with assistance from the Digital Accessibility Standards and the detailed guidance provided at accessibility.missouri.edu.

  1. Scope:

Ensuring equal access to digital communications and information technology is a responsibility shared by the entire campus community. This policy applies, but is not limited to:

  • Schools and Colleges
  • Academic, Outreach and Research Units
  • Centers, Institutes, and Programs
  • Administrative Units, Departments, and Divisions
  • Student Organizations
  • Auxiliary and Athletic Programs, Services, and Resources

This policy includes all digital communications and information technology, including, but not limited to:

  • Web-based Communications
  • Procurement of Software and Applications
  • Videos and Multimedia
  • Training, Instructional Materials and Online Learning Modules
  • Telecommunications
  • Computers and other computing devices
  • Digital Content, Files or Products
  1. The University of Missouri Digital Accessibility Standards:

Detailed standards for accessibility are available to guide Mizzou community members in improving the accessibility of their digital communications and information technology in compliance with this policy. Standards will be maintained and regularly updated as technology evolves. If you feel a standard needs to be addressed or amended, please contact the Digital Advisory Board.

Current and previous standards can be found at accessibility.missouri.edu.

  1. Responsibility for Providing Accommodations:

All University entities are required to provide accommodations for persons with disabilities attempting to access digital communications or services. All university communications and services must contain a statement or link to a statement which allows users to quickly contact the responsible parties within the unit who can provide the information or service in an accessible manner.

Suggested accommodation statement language, accommodation examples, guidance, and resources are provided at accessibility.missouri.edu.

  1. Governance:

As an essential component of the ongoing implementation of this policy, a Digital Accessibility Advisory Board and a Digital Accessibility Working Group have been created.

  • Digital Accessibility Advisory Board: Members of the Board include a cross-representation of faculty, staff, students, and administrators from across the university. The Digital Accessibility Advisory Board will:
  1. Oversee the implementation plan for the policy; and
  2. Advise campus leadership on the progress of the implementation plan.
  • Digital Accessibility Working Group: The Digital Accessibility Working Group consists of communications professionals, programmers, IT professionals, and accessibility experts. This group will:
  1. Develop, review and approve updates to the Digital Accessibility Standards
  2. Review applications for exceptions to the policy
  3. Assist with providing education and training for the campus community

The names and roles of the current members of the Advisory Board and Working Group can be found at accessibility.missouri.edu.

  1. Responsibilities of Departments During Procurement of Technology:

All university entities are expected to take proper measures to ensure the software they procure is accessible. Accessibility is best addressed in the early stages of the procurement process.

Suggested procedures and guidelines for procurement are available at accessibility.missouri.edu.

  1. Auditing and Remediation:

Periodic audits of digital communications will be conducted to ensure accessibility. If a form of communication does not meet standards, the entity must submit a transition plan and an accommodation plan for approval to the Digital Accessibility Advisory Board.

Details about this process can be found at accessibility.missouri.edu.