In order to ensure that the College of Arts & Sciences meets accessibility standards and that it responds appropriately to any noncompliance issues, the following will be implemented in the 2015–16 academic year:

Web Accessibility

  • Accessibility of all A&S-hosted web properties is our first priority.
  • A fully accessible A&S website theme will be built over the fall 2015 semester. Starting in January 2016, A&S will use this theme as the basis of most of the websites it builds.
  • The A&S website (as.ua.edu) will be retooled at the end of 2015 to improve its accessibility and responsiveness to mobile devices.
  • Current A&S websites will be audited starting January 2016.
    • Noncompliant media (such as noncompliant PDFs) will be removed immediately and the responsible parties will be notified. We’ll help those parties identify appropriate other avenues for presenting the same information, if they wish.
    • Compliance issues found in websites will be assessed by the risk they pose to the College.
      • High-risk items/pages will be removed immediately and will not be reposted until they meet compliance standards; responsible individuals will be notified and provided a correction plan.
      • Moderate-risk items/pages will be tagged or removed, depending on their function; responsible individuals will be contacted and provided a correction plan; items that are left posted will have a date at which they must be compliant or will be removed from the website.
      • Low-risk items/pages will be tagged; responsible individuals will be contacted and will be provided a correction plan; a date will be provided by which the item must be compliant or it will be removed from the website.

Accessibility of Teaching Materials

  • In fall 2015, A&S began an educational campaign focused on faculty members and anyone teaching in the College.
    • Faculty will receive email notifications detailing compliance issues and how to address requests and complaints from students.
    • New faculty will be required to attend training workshops for making ADA-accessible documents.
    • Faculty will be advised to create accessible documents and files from this point forward. They can update materials from prior semesters, of course, but our focus is on getting accessible now and staying accessible in the future.
    • Departments and faculty will need to contact vendors to make sure that any software purchased by them is accessible.
    • Departments and faculty will be advised to prioritize classes that have impact on the highest number of students. This can include
      • Large enrollment classes
      • Core classes
      • Every-semester classes
      • Introductory classes

Online Courses

  • Online sections of core courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences are developed by the College of Continuing Studies, which is working in partnership with A&S to make online courses accessible.
  • Efforts are under way to develop a plan that will ensure all online courses are fully accessible.