Policy overview

On March 2, 2017, the Kent State University Board of Trustees approved 4 - 16 University policy regarding electronic and information technology accessibility. The policy, which became effective May 1, 2017, serves to strengthen Kent State University's long-standing commitment to provide and promote an inclusive and supportive environment to our students, staff, faculty, and the community.

The focus of the policy is on information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility. ICT accessibility refers to software, hardware, digital content and content standards that are used to provide and promote equal access to persons with disabilities. It’s a comprehensive category that includes software applications, web-based information and applications, digital documents, purchasing and business processes, telecommunications, and self-contained products.

University Policy Regarding Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility

  1. Policy statement. It is the policy of the university to make its electronic and information technologies, accessible to all students, prospective students, employees, guests and visitors with disabilities, particularly those with visual, hearing, or manual impairments or who otherwise require the use of assistive technology to access information provided through the university’s electronic and information technologies. 

  2. Definitions. Electronic and information technologies shall include all information provided through the university’s website, online learning and course management systems, and curriculum, institutional and administrative data systems. 

  3. Scope. This policy shall apply to all staff, faculty, and third parties providing EIT to or on behalf of the university. 

  4. Requirements. All electronic and information technologies shall comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. Section 794, and its implementing regulation at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. Section 12131 et seq., and its implementing regulation at 28 C.F.R. Part 35. 

  5. Implementation. The vice president for student affairs, the vice president for information technology and the provost will be responsible for implementing this policy pursuant to a phased-in implementation schedule. Compliance with this policy will be prioritized based on academic, research and administrative needs, resource constraints and technology limitations. 

  6. For more information on EIT at the Digital Accessibility Site.
Policy Effective Date: 
May. 01, 2017