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Procurement/Acquisition of Digital Assets

In accordance with University policy, IRM-008: University Information Technology Accessibility, the University’s goal is to provide a digital environment that is a setting that fosters independence and complies with state and federal laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. To this end, it is important that digital assets deployed within the University’s digital environment meet the accessibility standards followed by the University, namely, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Understanding an asset’s level of compliance with these standards begins at the point a department or unit is considering a product or service for use within our environment.

We set forth below guidance regarding the acquisition or procurement of digital assets and the importance of assessing compliance with accessibility standards when considering different options for products and services, before and during the procurement process.