Web Accessibility Policy

Concordia University-St Paul is committed to providing web-based information and services in an accessible manner to all users, including persons with disabilities pursuant to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508.

Marketing and Communications, in cooperation with Student Accessibility Services strives to provide any information with the accessibility compliance (WCAG 2.0 Level AA). Retroactive changes are being implemented and as guidelines change, updates will be provided as soon as possible to ensure a high standard of access. Websites will be monitored regularly for compliance by both CSP and associated vendors as per VPAT agreements.

This policy applies to any website creators or maintainers across campus including faculty, administrators, students and staff who update their own websites or third party vendors and contractors whose web presence is formally associated with Concordia University St. Paul.

General guidelines for site accessibility:

  1. Add alternative text descriptions (ALT tags) for any graphics, videos, animations or other non-text elements on a page.
  2. Videos that are uploaded should be captioned for individuals who are deaf or hard or hearing (Youtube is the recommended option).
  3. Transcriptions may be needed for some auditory elements.
  4. Ensure color contrast is accurate.
  5. Ensure high readability font is used (Verdana or Arial and 12 point).
  6. List descriptive texts for hyperlinks (not “click here”).
  7. Avoid flickering elements on a web page that may stimulate seizures.
  8. Make sure the site can be accessed using keyboard functions alone.
  9. If a time response is required, alert the user and allow options for additional time.

A cursory, general evaluation tool, the WAVE accessibility evaluator, can be accessed here: http://wave.webaim.org/
Questions about access can be directed to Marketing and Communications or Student Accessibility Services.

Adapted with permission from: University of Wisconsin System, The Web Accessibility Initiative, The University of San Diego and Fletcher Disability Consulting.