Information Technology Accessibility Policy 04.001 Process Guidelines
The following process describes the purchasing, assessment and exceptions process for the Information Technology Accessibility Policy 04.001.
Step 1. Purchasing Process
The purchasing process includes an initial risk assessment at time of purchase. A 3-question risk assessment will be used to determine whether the purchase is deemed “high risk” (used by over 50 students and/or over 50 members of the public) which would trigger an accessibility review.
“High risk” purchases go to Step 2.
For products that do not reach the “high risk” threshold, the Web Accessibility Coordinator will notify the department that while their product is not deemed “high risk.” The department will have a responsibility to provide content in an accessible format should a person with a disability make a request.
Step 2. Accessibility Assessment Process
OIT assesses the product using accessibility standards (currently WCAG 2.0). The Office for Information Technology (“OIT”) Web Accessibility Coordinator assesses “high risk” purchases at two levels and provides an accessibility report to the department. If the evaluation score is < 90% accessible at either stage, the Web Accessibility Coordinator will advise the department that it has the option to seek another purchase, work with the vendor to make the IT product accessible, or request an exception.
LEVEL I - Basic Accessibility Assessment
If the IT product passes Level I at >= 90% threshold, OIT will subsequently review the product for:
LEVEL II - In-depth Accessibility Assessment
WCAG's 2.0 Guidelines Level AA
When a product meets the standards, the Web Accessibility Coordinator notifies Purchasing that the software is compliant and the department may continue with the purchasing process.
When a product does not meet standards, the Web Accessibility Coordinator notifies Purchasing and the department, and the department may choose to follow Step 3 and request an exception.
Step 3. Requesting an Exception
The department making the purchase chooses to request an exception to the policy and forwards the following to the ADA/504 Coordinator*:
The ADA/504 Coordinator, CIO and stakeholders review request for exception. Reasons that may support the granting of an exception(s) include:
Final determination :
The ADA/504 Coordinator and CIO would review requested materials and make determination on the granting of exceptions. A summary of exception request, accessibility assessment report, decision, and rationale would be sent to EVPP, VP F&A, Purchasing, and the department. If the exception is granted, departments may move forward with purchasing the IT product.
Departments denied the ability to make a technology purchase have the opportunity to appeal this decision to the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Vice President for Finance & Administration.
The ADA/504 Coordinator will fulfill the university’s monitoring obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act by documenting summary reports, decisions and rationale.
* ADA/504 Coordinator Contact Information
Dianne Bouvier, Ph.D.
Director for Equal Opportunity and Accessibility
Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance