Accessibility Policy


Accessibility Statement

Bay College is fully committed to ensuring our website and course sites are both accurate and accessible to everyone including those with disabilities. We are currently working to increase accessibility and usability of our website and course sites to meet or exceed the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

We are currently forming a web accessibility task force to work towards accessibility for all. This ongoing project will strive to seek out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility. In the meantime if you encounter any difficulty in accessing Bay College’s website, please don’t hesitate to contact Chris Fries friesc@baycollege.edu and Joseph Mold moldj@baycollege.edu the web accessibility task force team leaders.
 
Approved by PAC as of August 5th 2013


Accessibility Services

Disability-related accommodations and services are provided through the Student Success Office at the Escanaba campus, room LRC 819, (906) 217-4017, SSO@baycollege.edu, and through Academic Support Services at Bay College West, room 211, (906) 302-3004, academicsupportwest@baycollege.edu.  If you are a student with a disability and think you may require disability-related accommodations or services, please contact the appropriate office.  Reasonable and effective accommodations and services will be provided to students if requests are made in a timely manner, with appropriate documentation in accordance with federal, state, and Bay de Noc Community College guidelines.


Accessibility Policy

1000  GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
1049  WEB ACCESSIBILITY AND PUBLISHING POLICY
 
It shall be the policy of the Bay de Noc Community College Board of Trustees that the College’s websites and course sites are meant for all people to access equally.  The World Wide Web is a powerful source of information. Bay College recognizes that web accessibility is important and this policy defines our minimum expectations.
 
Faculty, staff, and student organizations are required to publish web pages in accordance with established procedures and standards that represent their department, division, or officially recognized student group.
 
Bay College is fully committed to ensuring its websites and course sites are both accurate and accessible to everyone. The College is committed to increased accessibility and usability of its websites and course sites to meet or exceed applicable state and federal laws including, but not limited to, the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 and the most recent Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
 
PROCEDURE:
1049.1    This Policy and Procedure applies to all Web Materials for Bay College, including but not limited to administration and services, course instruction and online learning, departmental programs, and any other institutionally sponsored program.
 
1049.2     Bay  College  shall  create  a  Web  Accessibility  Task  Force.  The  Web Accessibility Task Force shall include the Vice President of Academic Affairs, Director of Special Populations, Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design, as well as other members of the Campus Community appointed, from time to time, by the College President.
 
1049.3     The Web Accessibility Task Force shall be responsible for providing oversight of all Web Materials associated with Bay College to insure the College Community complies with this Policy and Procedure, as well as Federal and State laws pertaining to Web Access.
 
1049.4     Annually, the Web Accessibility Task Force shall be responsible for reviewing and making necessary updates to the plan for bringing the College’s Web Materials into compliance with State and Federal laws.
 
1049.5     This policy will take effect on April 1, 2014. All Web Materials created before this date will be considered legacy sites. The College will work to make these sites accessible taking the following factors into consideration:
  • If immediate access is needed to the legacy sites, the department responsible for creating the content is also responsible for providing access.
  • Archived sites may be made accessible by specific request.
  • Staffing and financial burdens may contribute to alternate formats being used to provide equivalent information to the individual.
  • Course sites will be a priority in creating web accessibility.
  • The highest priority shall include student services, registration, and the course catalog.
  • Departments with large websites will prioritize them, using the following as their guide:
  • Web sites with high traffic will be made accessible first.
  • Disability related pages, used by those with disabilities, should be given priority.
  • If a specific request is made to have a site made accessible, that site should be given priority.
  • Staffing and financial burdens may contribute to alternate formats being used to provide the information to the individual.
1049.6      Each Bay College website will have a link identifying the individual who may be contacted regarding accessibility issues.
 
1049.7      Bay  College’s  websites  will  be  tested  for  accessibility  with  web  tools  like, http://wave.webaim.org/, and other tools like screen readers.
 
1049.8       Where compliance is extremely difficult, exceptions may be made by the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Web Accessibility Task Force team leaders:
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Special Populations Manager
  • Director of Online Learning and Instructional Design
1049.9       Information on accessibility training can be received by emailing the Team
Leaders for the Web Accessibility Task Force.Accessibility Policy

Blackboard's Accessibility Statement

Blackboards accessibility policy http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Resources/Accessibility.aspx

Jenzabar's Accessibility Statement

Jenzabar tests our portal against web-accessibility standards as established in either Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and/or similarly drafted state and local standards. If a customer reports a problem in this area, we are committed to making the necessary correction or adjustment to address the accessibility issue as part of a Jenzabar software update, release, or hot fix or as a services engagement.