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AU Web Accessibility Standards


Purpose

Auburn University is committed to ensuring equal access to web information and technology for all its faculty, staff, and students. This standard establishes minimum guidelines for the accessibility of web-based information necessary to meet this goal and ensure compliance with federal regulations.

Scope

Official Auburn University web pages developed by or for colleges, departments, programs or units. Individual web pages published by faculty, students, and non-university organizations that are hosted by Auburn University and do not conduct University-related business are encouraged to adopt the standards referenced by the AU Web Accessibility Standard.

Standards

All official Auburn University Web sites created, revised, or published on or after January 24, 2011 should be in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) - Level A and AA.

Web pages published prior to January 24, 2011 are considered Legacy Pages. Legacy pages should be made accessible or provided in alternate format upon request. Legacy pages should include a contact for users having difficulty using the page.

Upon specific request addressing accessibility, legacy pages should be updated to be in compliance with WCAG 2.0, or equivalent alternatives should be made available in a timely manner. Depending upon the type of information, the services provided by the web page, or the complexity of the content, a timely resolution should be considered.

Implementation Priority

All new and redesigned Web pages published by any college, department, program, or unit on or after January 24, 2011

Pages that must be accessed in a limited time frame to participate in a program, to utilize a service or benefit from information offered by any unit of the University

Exceptions

Web pages that have been archived.

Where compliance is not technically possible or may require extraordinary measure due to the purpose of the page and the nature of the information.

Reporting

A status report summarizing progress towards fully accessible web space over the past year and designating targets for the upcoming year will be included in an annual report to the Provost.

Review

This standard and associated standards will be reviewed at least once every three years. A review group will be composed of designees from the Office of Information Technology, Office of Communications and Marketing, and the Program for Students with Disabilities.

University Policies


Policy on Web Accessibility Standards

For assistance with the implementation of these standards, refer to the resources below:


Office of Accessibility 334-844-2096

Office of Information Technology - 844-4944

Auburn University Template

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) - Level A and AA

 

Last Updated: Apr. 24, 2012

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