Policy Number: 12-013

Electronic Information Technology and Communication Accessibility Policy

Category: Information Technology

Responsible Executive: Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Responsible Office: Vice President and Chief Information Officer

  1. Purpose  This policy establishes standards for Electronic Information Technology and Communication Accessibility (EITCA) in compliance with applicable local, state and federal regulations and laws. The University of Florida is committed to providing equal access to its services, programs, and activities for all users. An accessible EITC environment enhances usability for everyone.

  2. Applicability This policy applies to all EITC acquired, developed, distributed, used, purchased, or implemented by or for the University and used to provide University programs, services, or activities. Including but not limited to, all EITCA related to University business, academic, and outreach, including web pages that represent the University, electronic documents, and any multimedia created or obtained.

  3. Definitions Electronic Information Technology and Communication (EITC) refers to all communication technologies, including the internet, wireless networks, cell phones, computers, software, middleware, video-conferencing, social networking, and other media applications and services enabling users to access, retrieve, store, transmit, and manipulate information in a digital form.

    Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) develops web accessibility guidelines, technical specifications, and educational resources to help make the web accessible to people with disabilities. This is done in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world, with a goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.

    Voluntary Products Accessibility Template (VPAT)https://www.itic.org/policy/accessibility/vpat
  4. Policy Statement The University adopts the World Wide Web Consortium’s standards: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Version 2.2, AA conformance level as the minimum accessibility standard for all EITCA, and Guidance on Applying WCAG 2.1 to Non-Web Information and Communications Technologies (WCAG2ICT). Also, all EITCA shall comply with federal and state laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as amended, and sections 504 and 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act as amended.


Revision Date Description
Policy Originally Adopted
October 20, 2020 Policy Updated