Purchasing/Procurement

All Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) purchased or otherwise acquired by the University must be accessible.

Accessibility reviews and the procurement process

  • Both GrizMart and the sole source and bid processes automatically include an accessibility review.
  • UM employees can initiate an EIT evaluation by filling out the Accessible EIT Review Request form.
  • Other procurement processes (for example, Procard purchases) will receive periodic audits.

How you can help

Provide a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) or initiate communication with the vendor if a VPAT is not easily located. If the vendor is not familiar with VPATs, refer them to the vendor information section of this site.

What you can expect

  • EIT submitted for review with a VPAT is usually processed within 5-6 business days unless vendors or EIT testing require additional time.
  • EIT submitted without a VPAT is processed as quickly as possible. There may be delays related to obtaining sufficient information for review.
  • Standard hardware and software utilized by only one or two people usually passes through the process quickly.

Further Details

EIT accessibility is currently defined by two standards – Section 508 for most categories and Section 508 plus WCAG 2.0 AA for websites and programs.  The software industry has standardized on VPATs  which allow vendors to evaluate the accessibility of their products according to each section of relevant 508 standards. VPATs are obtained from and filled out by the software vendors.

Questions can be submitted to eita@umontana.edu or by calling 243-HELP (x4357).

Online training

Watch an online training video to learn about how UM is monitoring EIT purchases for accessibility.

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