Office of Institutional Equity

Web Accessibility – Section 508

What is Section 508?

Section 508 provides accessibility standards for all information technology including hardware, software and documentation.  Originally an amendment to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, today it’s part of the United States Access Board’s Electronic and Information Technologies Accessibility Standards. This law establishes guidelines for technology accessibility with binding, enforceable standards, including a complaint procedure and reporting requirements.

Statement of Policy

All new and redesigned Web pages published by any IPFW college, school, department, program or unit must conform to the law affecting user accessibility.

  • Policy applies to all official Web pages and associated Web-based services
  • Existing pages must conform to accessibility standards by March 15, 2014
  • Progress must be documented in an annual report
  • The policy is not intended to prevent alternative designs or technologies as long as they provide better results for people with disabilities

Reason for This Policy

The delivery of digital or Web-based information is fundamental to a university’s mission to promote learning, discovery and engagement.

  • IPFW is committed to ensure equal access for everyone
  • Policy establishes minimum standards to meet that goal and comply with the law

Individuals and Entities Affected by This Policy

This policy affects any IPFW college, school, department, program or unit that publishes a Web site or page, including faculty, who publish Web pages for university-related business.

Who Should Know This Policy?

  • Chancellor/Vice Chancellors
  • Deans/Directors
  • Department Heads/Chairs
  • Faculty/Staff/Students
  • Third-party users with remote access to university IT resources


Excluded from this policy are individual Web pages hosted by IPFW that do not conduct university-related business.

  • May include students, employees, or non-university organizations; however, they are still encouraged to adopt the policy on a voluntary basis
  • Unless specifically requested by a disabled individual, archived Web pages are not affected
  • Excludes instances where compliance is not technically possible; justification must be based on more than cost.
  • A written request for exception must be made to the Office of Institutional Equity.

Visit the Purdue Web Accessiblity site on this policy.

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