What is My Responsibility for Accessibility?

Accessibility is a shared responsibility.

The The Universal Design Committee promotes campus awareness and assists the University community in making academic content, programs, services, and activities accessible for everyone.

What is my Responsibility for Accessibility?
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As subject matter experts and course developers, faculty:

  • Reviews existing course materials for accessibility, consulting with Access Advocates and others as needed.
  • Designs and creates instructional materials using “SLIDE” accessibility guidelines and UDL (Universal Design for Learning) principles. <link>
  • Before selecting commercially available materials to be used in a course, ensures that those materials meet accessibility requirements.
  • Provides alternative text descriptions for images, tables, etc.
  • Selects captioned media wherever possible.
  • Creates a transcript and adds captions to accompany any newly created media.
  • Checks accessibility of materials using available resources. <link>
  • Prepares alternative experiences for any inaccessible content.
Access Advocates

Each academic department has an Access Advocate who: 

  • Facilitates the selection of 20% of the program courses to be reviewed and updated/revised as needed to meet accessibility standards
  • Assists their unit in deciding how to prioritize which courses are most critical to review first (e.g. online courses, General Education courses, courses that every student in the major has to take).
  • Creates a schedule for remaining courses to be reviewed and updated.
  • Provides an informal review of the accessibility of course materials as requested.
  • Provides ongoing support to faculty members in their unit on accessibility of new and existing instructional methods and materials.
  • Assist with developing resource material on accessibility & universal design for learning. <link>
Learning Technologies

Learning Technologies (DLT) supports digital pedagogy and learning with technology. The DLT: 

  • Consults with faculty on the selection and creation of accessible instructional material.
  • Assists with creation of alternative text.
  • Assists with captioning process.
  • Assists with accessibility and/or course reviews as requested & assists with revisions as necessary.
  • Assists with subject area accessibility planning and instructional design.
  • Develops resource material on accessibility & universal design for learning. <link>
  • Provides instruction and individual consultations/over-the-shoulder support for teaching with accessibility in mind.
  • Assists with maintenance of web resource materials. <link>
Distance Education

Distance Education (DE) assists with facilitating accessible online courses and instructional materials through: 

  • Consults with faculty as indicated on creation of accessible online courses.
  • Reviews online courses for accessibility and provides feedback and support to assist with revisions as necessary.
  • Assists with subject area accessibility planning and instructional design.
  • Monitors online courses and programs for accessibility standards compliance and assists with implementation of online course accessibility rubrics.
  • Assists with evaluation of potential new educational technology products for accessibility.
Disability Services

Central resource for students regarding assistive technology and access accommodations and:

  • Coordinates provision of access accommodations according to established procedures.
  • Assures access and accommodations by:
    • Providing faculty notification forms to students.
    • Supplying accessible alternative formats as indicated.
    • Providing additional aids and services as needed.
  • Promotes campus awareness of accessibility and universal design for learning in collaboration with Access Committee.
  • Assists with evaluation of potential new educational technology products for accessibility.
  • Consults with Facilities Management to ensure the physical campus is accessible
Human Resources

Central resource for staff and faculty regarding access accommodations and

  • Plans, implements and promotes human resource programs and practices that enhance the University's ability to attract, develop, reward and retain an exceptional faculty and staff.
  • Coordinates provision of accommodations for staff and faculty according to established procedures.
Access Committee

A standing broadly representative campus group charged by the Chancellor with

  • Careful study and campus-wide universal design and accessibility policy and process development.
  • Planning for raising campus awareness and faculty/staff expertise in accessibility and accommodations including assistive technology procurement and funding and ongoing strategic planning to support a strategic access plan.
  • Develops resource material on accessibility & universal design for learning. <link>
  • Creates and maintains web resource materials. <link>
Facilities Management

Facilities Management monitors and assures accessibility of physical spaces for all university facilities including the main campus, The George, and in Greenville.

  • Assures accessibility of the physical environment for everyday functions and for special events hosted in university spaces.
  • In partnership with Disability Services, regularly reviews and monitors campus accessibility.