In order to provide more accessible services, Rutgers has instituted a Web Accessibility policy and is generating an Online Course Accessibility policy. These policies encompass the regulatory principles that the university wishes to adhere to in the effort to increase accessibility at Rutgers.
- World Wide Web Accessibility Policy (PDF)
- The Rutgers World Wide Web Accessibility Policy defines the standards for the accessibility and usability of web-based information and services in order to create an inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff, to invest in the usability of our web resources, and to proactively comply with federal regulation and law.
- All web pages newly created, redesigned, or modified by the University, any of its units, or any of its faculty must in compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA. For more information on conformance and success criteria for the the guidelines, see How to Meet WCAG (Quick Reference).
- Website Policy (PDF)
- The Rutgers Website Policy governs all websites representing Rutgers. This policy explains how websites must behave with regard to educational materials, advertising, fundraising, links, administration, etc. in order to ensure our web presence is available to the widest possible audience and is responsibly maintained.
Rutgers is dedicated to making its web-based resources accessible to everyone. Below are some of the international standards and tools available to web developers to help achieve more universal web accessibility.
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
- The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are specific guidelines for web accessibility recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). It is our mission to adhere to these guidelines in providing web-based services to Rutgers University.
- Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA)
- Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) has been developed by W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) to make web content and applications more accessible to users with disabilities. The WAI-ARIA Suite includes technical specifications for web developers, a User Agent Implementation Guide, Authoring Practices, a Primer, and a Roadmap.
- 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA)
- The CVAA requires that video programming and advanced communications services—such as electronic messaging, video chat, and Internet-based voice chat—be provided in an accessible manner to individuals with disabilities.
- Guidance on Applying WCAG 2.0 to Non-Web Information and Communication Technologies (WCAG2ICT)
- WCAG2ICT describes how WCAG 2.0 can be applied to non-web information and communications technologies. It supports harmonized accessibility solutions across a range of technologies.