Website scanning initiative

Since 2011, the UC Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team (EALT) has conducted an accessibility scan of a dozen department/service websites at all UC campuses, UCOP, ANR, and LBNL (the same sites at every location, if available). The goal of the scanning initiative is to help UC provide the best possible experience for individuals who interact with the university through our web-based environments. By routinely scanning similar sites at each location, the EALT can get a sense of where improvement needs to be made, what kind of training to make available, and how best to help UC meet its commitment to making electronic information fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Schedule
In 2015, the EALT will conduct the scans quarterly, during the weeks of January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15. The scans are conducted using the Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) testing tool. This tool uses several automatic tests to check the selected campus websites to see if these sites meet the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility guidelines. The following websites will be scanned:

  • Campus (main)
  • Undergraduate admissions
  • Graduate admissions
  • Staff jobs
  • Library
  • Bookstore
  • Student health
  • Student housing
  • Disabled Students Office
  • Summer session
  • Extension
  • Development
  • Medical centers

Scan Reports and Remediation
If you are a site owner, you will be sent a copy of the scan reports for your site. Please be sure to read through these reports and have your web developer or designer follow the guidance to remediate any reported violations. Your web developer should rescan your site with AMP whenever you make site changes to make sure you are not introducing any new accessibility problems. The EALT provides additional information about using the AMP and other testing tools, as well as conducting critical manual testing, since many WCAG 2.0 AA guidelines cannot be tested automatically.

Policy
The UC IT Accessibility Policy requires all UC websites and applications to meet the WCAG 2.0 AA standard. The Department of Justice has indicated that it will require the W3C standard in the Americans with Disabilities Act for all electronic content.

Questions
If you have questions about the policy, or how to make your site more accessible, please contact your campus EALT member.