Wednesday, September 20, 2017

From the Chief Diversity Officer

Posted: Monday, August 21, 2017

Notice: Increased Accessibility Standard Mandated for All College Web Pages

Buffalo State's official websites are designed to be accessible to all, including users with vision, motor, or hearing impairments. The college endorses the guidelines of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) as the standard for accessibility and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please note that while our sites have been compliant with Section 508, sub-part B, 1194.22, we are being asked by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to enhance our sites to be compliant in accordance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA for all websites. This heightened standard is immediate and establishes a new minimum requirement for the accessibility of websites and web applications to ensure compliance.

This includes every website, web page, web application, video, etc. representing the college, as well as campus offices, areas, centers, and other organizations using a third-party vendor to manage official sites.

Each area with a web presence on campus is responsible for ensuring that their content and images are compliant with the standards outlined within WCAG 2.0 Level AA. The associated accessibility page explains how to complete an ADA check on your site(s) and also provides an overview of the new standards and ways to achieve them

Web staff members in College Relations will guide us with our time-sensitive effort to become compliant to the standard of WCAG 2.0 Level AA. You may notice changes to the design, content, and images on the home page, academic department websites, and administrative office websites and associated official web pages during this process. Your patience is appreciated as the college fulfills these important standards.

Official point people on this project are Melissa Meehan, director of web administration, and Timothy Walsh, associate vice president for college relations. Please feel free to contact them with questions.