Digital Accessibility

The university is committed to making sc.edu accessible to everyone.

Creating an Inclusive, Accessible Digital Experience

By creating accessible digital content, we make the University of South Carolina a better place to learn, work and succeed for all of our community members. 

Committing to Digital Accessibility at UofSC

A structured plan is under way to make digital accessibility a core part of our inclusive campus culture and an integral part of all university technology. 

When Does It Start?

The plan has officially kicked off as of early 2020 and does not have an end date. Instead, it will evolve over time to help us continue to meet accessibility standards into the future.

Who Owns It?

The plan is led by the CIO and Vice President of Information Technology as well as the University Accessibility Committee. 

The Legal Requirement

In January 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that organizations can be sued for inaccessible digital content in the case of Robles v. Domino's Pizza, LLC

UofSC and the U.S. Office of Civil Rights

In 2019, the University of South Carolina closed a case with the United States Office of Civil Rights requiring remediation of accessibility issues found in university sites and online services. The case remains closed only while a plan is in action to make accessibility an inherent part of every digital experience at the university.


What It Means for You

Far-reaching inclusivity and accessibility requires the help of everyone who creates, purchases and uses our digital products and services.

If you create, edit, purchase or manage digital content at the University of South Carolina, you will not be expected to have all of your accessibility issues fixed overnight. We will be continually working toward improving our overall digital accessibility as a university.

sc.edu Site Managers and Editors

Those creating, editing or managing any content that will be published to sc.edu will participate in digital accessibility training tailored to the specific tasks they complete on a regular basis. This training will not delve into code or anything more technical than what is required for regular sc.edu updates.

Content Creators

Anyone who creates documents, media files or other content that may be published to a university site, social media channel, or other digital experience will be responsible for ensuring their content is accessible. Content creators will complete digital accessibility training tailored to only the specific tasks they complete on a regular basis.

Faculty & Course Instructors

Anyone instructing a university course will be responsible for creating accessible digital course materials. Faculty and instructors will receive guidance and support for the specific types of materials they create.

Business Platform Owners

Any member of university faculty or staff starting a project that requires creating or purchasing new technology is responsible for ensuring that technology is accessible. Business platform owners are also required to report new technology to the Accessibility Committee before procurement or creation for an expert accessibility review.

Students and the University Community

If you are struggling to access information via a digital product, service or experience offered by the university, please file a report below so we can look into the issue.



Measuring Digital Accessibility

The WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) Level AA version 2.1 make up the most current accepted compliance standard for digital accessibility.

Regular Accessibility Reports

If you manage a digital product or service at the university, you will receive a regular accessibility report. The report tells you what accessibility issues you have, if any, and will direct you to instructions for fixing those issues. These reports are created from manual accessibility testing and are meant to supplement any automated reports you may also be using (SiteImprove, Blackboard Ally, etc). 

 

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