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USF Minimum Electronic and Web Accessibility Standards (MEWAS)

The University of South Florida is committed to creating websites, electronic course content, and on-line learning environments that are inclusive and accessible to all users. This explicitly includes users with disabilities who employ assistive technologies or other alternative means to access our electronic or web information.

USF has assured compliance with both Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which requires that all public institutions be accessible to persons with disabilities. Section 508 requires that the University make its websites accessible to users with visual, hearing, mobility and cognitive disabilities.

Developers throughout the USF System should take some time to review the documentation which outlines the standards and best practices for their implementations.

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Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act at USF

It is the policy and practice of the University of South Florida to comply fully with the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and all other federal and State laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA was designed to extend civil rights protection to people with disabilities. Title II of the ADA mandates that government agencies make their programs and services accessible to and usable by, persons with disabilities. Even before the passage of the ADA, USF was covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, sections 503 and 504, which mandated that programs and services be accessible to people with disabilities.

At USF, an ADA Policy specifies general guidelines in the areas of public accommodations, employment, admissions, services for students, and reasonable accommodation requests. The Diveristy and Equal Opportunity Office has developed an Annual Affirmative Action Plan for Individuals with Disabilities to implement ADA policy.

The interactive reasonable accommodation process includes the involvement of several resource offices for people with disabilities; Student Disability Services, the Employee Relations section of Human Resources, and Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office. The University requires five (5) working days to provide disability accommodations at public events.

The discrimination complaint investigation process lists steps to follow for a formal allegation of discrimination by disability status.


The Americans With Disabilities Act at USF Programs and Services for Students With Disabilities Contacts on All Campuses Procedures and Programs for Employees with Disabilities Adaptive Equipment Disability-Related Contacts Outside USF