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Digital Accessibility

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The University of Tulsa is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to qualified students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. Our goal is to increase awareness of disability issues and support the success of students with disabilities by providing opportunities for full integration into the TU community.

We are currently preparing for an accessibility review of our website, and look forward to continually improving the user experience for all of our visitors.

Technical Details

Although the concept of digital accessibility refers specifically to digital media, it’s not much different from the general idea of accessibility. The requirements for accessibility in digital media are significantly different.

Some examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Screen readers that parse a website for a user with visual impairments
  • Videos on websites are closed-captioned for individuals with hearing impairments
  • Images include “alt text” for individuals with visual impairments
  • Websites must be navigable by keyboard for users who may not be able to operate a mouse (i.e., navigating using the “Tab” on a keyboard)

The examples above demonstrate only a subset of how websites or mobile apps incorporate digital accessibility. Websites and applications are measured according to the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 for web content. We use several different applications and methods to test and record issues.

How will this impact campus

We are currently working through some of the remaining accessibility issues, we may be breaking some functionality in the process of fixing it. If you notice anything, please use this form to report it.

WWWelcome Back

There is a lot of activity on campus these days, especially with technology, and it’s sometimes hard to keep up with the latest developments. While Goldie has been spending serious hours in the esports lounge the web team has been busy making improvements to the website behind the scenes.

Goldie, TU canine ambassador, plays a game in the esports loungeState of utulsa.edu

Over the past year the marketing division had been working towards implementing a secondary CMS. That project was met with significant challenges and the university chose to focus on our existing infrastructure over a fractured and more complex environment. This means we remain a WordPress shop, and expect to be for the foreseeable future.

Additionally, the university website has effectively been moved from Marketing to IT. The two departments will work together to provide both content (marketing) and technical (information technology) support.

IT will maintain the WordPress infrastructure, user accounts, and provide training for content managers. Marketing will manage content strategy, marketing initiatives, high-level/core content, etc.

Who Do I Contact?

You can use this form to submit a request to the appropriate person for both content or technical issues.

Stay Tuned

Much more information to come. It’s going to be a busy Spring/Summer!