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Web Accessibility Standards

Cornell University is committed to providing an environment in which all people have an equal opportunity to participate in the university’s programs, activities, and services. To support this environment, all new, newly added or redesigned university web content, web pages, web functionality, websites, and web applications must be made accessible to people with disabilities to the standard prescribed by the most recently published Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), except where doing so would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity or in undue financial and administrative burdens.

When fundamental alteration or undue burden applies, equally effective alternative means of access must be provided so that, to the maximum extent possible, individuals with disabilities receive the same benefits and services.

Policy details


Your local college or unit administrative office.

Revision History:

October 4, 2021: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines have been updated. Policy now specifies most recently published guidelines.

May 2, 2019: Policy taken out of interim status (finalized). Reference to "patients" added. Sentence about how to obtain training added.