Laws, Policies and Standards

Mizzou strives to design, develop and procure digital communications and information technology that is accessible and enhances usability. The Digital Accessibility of Communications and Information Technology policy is a guide for the digitally accessible campus effort and an addition to the Accessibility Policy.

The policy started as a collaborative effort between the Division of IT; the Disability Center; the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity; and Digital Service. The policy established two governing groups:

  1. Digital Accessibility Advisory Board. These are campus leaders. This group will oversee the implementation of the policy and set priorities.
  2. Digital Accessibility Working Group. This group is comprised of staff working in IT, communications and academic departments. This group will regularly update the standards, report to the advisory board about digital accessibility on campus, and assist with providing guidance and training.

In addition to institutional policies, the university must also follow applicable state and federal accessibility laws.

The legal information provided here is presented in an abbreviated format for informational purposes only, and though supplied in good faith that it represents accurate information should not be construed as authorized legal advice. Contact General Counsel for authorized legal advice.

MU Web Accessibility Standards

The Web Standards Subcommittee produced the MU Web Accessibility Standards (PDF) through a collaborative effort in 2016. These standards were collected to bring together industry guidelines and federal law. The standards are not included in the Business Policy and Procedure Manual but are a living addendum to the Digital Accessibility Policy.

Principles and Guidelines

MU has adopted Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 level AA. WCAG is the international standard that defines how to make Web content more accessible to people with disabilities. It defines four principles of accessibility for web content called POUR, but they apply to other technologies as well. Each principle has a set of guidelines and level of conformance that determine the accessibility.

Resources

Federal Laws

  • Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
    • Title II of the ADA: Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all public entities, including public colleges and universities, regardless of whether they receive federal funding.
    • Title III of the ADA: Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in places of public accommodation, including private postsecondary institutions.
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities that receive federal funding.
  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities.

Missouri Law

The Missouri Assistive Technology website states a Missouri State statute requires accessibility in the development, procurement, maintenance, or use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), or when administering contracts or grants that include the procurement, development, or upgrading of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The MO statute applies to public four-year and two-year colleges and universities.