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Web Accessibility Guidelines

Web Accessibility Guidelines

Purpose:

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to ensuring equal access to information, programs, and activities through its technologies, Web pages, services and resources for all its constituencies. These guidelines establish standards for the accessibility of Web-based information and services considered necessary to meet this goal and ensure compliance with applicable local, state and federal regulations and laws as stated in the Computer Resources Acceptable Use Policy part 6.

Scope:

These Guideliness apply to all standard College Web pages used to conduct core College business or academic activities.

Guidelines:


Web Pages:

All employees who design web pages or web content will ensure that new or revised pages published by the College, or pages considered core to institutional information such as college information, course information, admissions and student, faculty, staff services information, comply with one of the following guidelines.

- Level "A" Checkpoints of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0

- Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508, subsections 1194.1 through 1194.22 and subsection 1194.31.

Legacy Pages:

Web pages published for 2 years or longer are considered Legacy Pages. Legacy pages wll only be considered for updating after core pages.

Statement of Accessibility on all Web Pages:

Each standard page on the main Web site, including Legacy Pages, must contain a statement, or a link to a statement, referring to the College’s commitment to web accessibility.

Specific Requests for Access to Legacy or Archived Pages:

Upon a specific request for access by an individual with a disability:

Legacy pages must be updated to be in compliance with the W3C WCAG, version 2.0 standard, "A" conformance level, or the content must otherwise be made available in an accessible format to any individual requesting access in a timely manner. The unit responsible for the creation and maintenance of the information on the Web page is responsible for making it accessible.

Undue Burden and Non-availability:

The following circumstances may qualify as exemptions from this policy:

Where compliance is not technically possible or may require extraordinary measures due to the nature of the information and the intent of the Web page.

Training and Resources:

Resources for meeting accessibility requirements will be provided to content managment account users.