Web Accessibility Policy

Purpose

Eastern Michigan University (EMU) is committed to providing barrier-free access to online content and functionality, ensuring that it is accessible to students, prospective students, employees, guests and visitors with disabilities.

Scope

This policy applies to all content hosted on a university server, as well as content accessed via a link from any EMU web page. EMU web content or applications developed by third-party vendors must also comply with this policy.

Compliance Standard

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA, have been selected as the designated compliance standard for this policy.

Responsibility for Implementation

EMU’s Executive Director of Integrated Content will serve as the university’s designated Web Accessibility Coordinator, and is responsible for implementing and enforcing this policy.

Training

All staff (administrators, faculty, students) that create or maintain web-based content or resources will be required to participate in web accessibility training. In addition to discussing the Web Accessibility Policy, training will focus on constituent roles and responsibilities in ensuring that all web design, documents and multimedia content comply with established standards.

Enforcement

The University will conduct an annual accessibility audit to ensure compliance with the WCAG 2.0, Level AA standard. Issues identified during the audit will be documented, evaluated and, if necessary, remedied within a reasonable period of time.

At the discretion of the Web Accessibility Coordinator, non-compliant content may be modified by designated staff or contractors to correct accessibility issues, or temporarily removed until the issue is resolved.

External Applications, Content and Resources

The Web Accessibility Coordinator, or designee, will evaluate all web-based products to ensure WCAG 2.0, Level AA compliance, prior to their purchase.

Reporting

Accessibility issues should be reported to the Web Accessibility Coordinator, 15 Welch Hall, 734.487.5375, webcomm@emich.edu. Issues may also be reported using the link provided in all website footers, or by completing the online web accessibility reporting form.