Youngstown State University Gets Schooled by DOE for Non-Compliant Website

December 16, 2014

The United States Department of Education (DOE) entered into an agreement with Youngstown State University (www.ysu.edu) to ensure that the school’s Websites comply with federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.

The Office for Civil Rights investigated Youngstown State University Websites and determined that the school was not in compliance with two federal laws that the office enforces. In the first law, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Youngstown State’s Websites were not readily accessible to persons with disabilities. The second law, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Office for Civil Right found that the university was not fully in compliance with the regulatory requirements regarding the publication of a notice of nondiscrimination in relevant documents.

The University did not dispute the results and agreed to ensure that content on its websites is accessible to individuals with disabilities and that it will provide an equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities to participate in and benefit from its online learning environment.

Under the terms of the agreement, Youngstown State University agreed to post its Accessibility policy by May 31, 2015; provide documentation verifying its implementation by October 15, 2015 and ensure its compliance by December 30, 2015.

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