Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, for all people. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, all users have equal access to information and functionality.

At Xavier, we serve a diverse audience that relies on the Internet for many aspects of life. It is essential that we provide equal access and opportunity to all our users, including those with disabilities. Accessible Design can diminish and even remove barriers to information and interaction critical for success for our users.

Marketing and Communications have chosen to champion the web accessibility efforts in an attempt to move towards requirements established by Section 508 Guidelines and the more recently updated WCAG 2.0 Technical Guidelines.

Marketing and Communications is actively pursuing meeting the web accessibility guidelines established by the WCAG to meet the a minimum conformance level of AA.

Purpose

Xavier University is committed to providing access to all University communications to the broadest possible audience. This guide establishes minimum standards for the accessibility of Web-based information and services.

Scope

This applies to all University web pages hosted on www.xavier.edu. 

All new and redesigned University Web pages published after May 15, 2009 must be in compliance with the technical guidelines set forth by the WCAG 2.0 AA standard.

Violations

Marketing and Communications will continue to monitor Web pages using a third-party monitoring tool. Updates will be made as necessary to bring violating pages into compliance.