Seattle College District Procedure
TITLE: Accessible Technology and Electronic Content
- Under this policy, all College managers of programs and services must:
- Develop, purchase and/or acquire, to the extent feasible, hardware and software products that are accessible to people with disabilities.
- Promote awareness of this policy to all members of the College community, particularly those in roles that are responsible for creating, selecting, or maintaining electronic content and applications.
- When developing new electronic content, faculty will ensure new content is accessible, working with Access Services, eLearning, and IT as necessary.
- When implementing new electronic resources, such as (but not limited to) textbook publisher services and resources, faculty will ensure such services and resources are accessible.
- Faculty will work with Access Services, eLearning, and IT to make a good-faith effort to retroactively update currently used digital content and resources, such as (but not limited to) documents, videos, and images in the learning management system. The content and resources should at a minimum meet WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines or latest standards as appropriate.
- Standards Compliance to standards listed in this section must be considered high priority:
- Web Standard Electronic information must meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)2.0 at an AA Success Criteria or latest standards as appropriate.
- New Development and Purchases
New development and purchases, including development purchases for major revisions and updates of existing electronic information resources, must receive higher priority over the retrofit of existing electronic information resources.
Conformance to standards may not always be feasible due to the nature of the content, the purpose of the resource, the lack of accessible solutions, or an unreasonably high administrative or financial cost necessary to make the resource accessible. However, these difficulties do not relieve college programs or services from their IT accessibility obligations. College managers of programs and services must be prepared to provide content and/or services in a suitable alternative format e.g. electronic text file) upon request.
Access Services, Information Technology, and eLearning are available resources to assist in any related processes.
Chancellor’s Cabinet – Revision & Adoption History
Companion Document : Pro241
Adoption Date : 2017/06/05
Revision Date : 0001/01/01