Policy and guidelines


In accordance with the Web Accessibility Policy, all Wayne State University public Web pages to be used by faculty/staff, program participants, or other university constituencies are required to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and to use the Technical Standards adopted by the University to achieve this purpose.[1] This page provides elaboration and guidelines to help Wayne State University content creators, developers and purchasing agents meet the Web Accessibility Policy.

To be compliant with the ADA and our Web Accessibility Policy and Standards, a person with a disability must be able to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services as a person without a disability, and be able to do so in an equally effective manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.

Priority of implementation

Priority will be given to creating accessible Web pages and resources for core institutional information such as admission, registration, advising, catalogs, and student services information. Units with large Web sites and resources containing core institutional information should establish priorities for ensuring access to these according to the pages and resources being used or requested most often. All new and revised web pages should be made accessible at the time of creation or revision.  The University sets the following priority guidelines for making all other Web pages and resources accessible:

1st Priority -  The top 20% of existing Web sites and resources most frequently used (e.g. that get the largest number of hits); and pages/resources required for participation, funding, disability-related services and other key information or functions needed by people with disabilities not already identified in the top 20%. Each department or University entity is responsible for using its best efforts to determine its web sites/resources that fall within these guidelines.

2nd Priority - All remaining pages and resources providing core institutional information or functions should be reviewed and made accessible.

3rd Priority - All other Web pages and resources should be reviewed and made accessible.

[1] The reference to "web pages" refers to both web pages and web sites, including their design as well their web-delivered service, documents and content. 

Wayne State University will adhere to the technical standards of compliance identified in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level A and AA outlined at https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/ as recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).