EITA Implementation Plan
“Accessible technology is a leading topic in higher education right now. Campuses that are behind are going to be in trouble. Campuses that are ahead are going to have opportunities. We are a campus that’s ahead.”
- Matt Riley, UM Chief Information Officer
The University of Montana has implemented a new policy on Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility (EITA) addressing the following areas:
- Web accessibility
- Instructional materials accessibility
- Document accessibility
- Electronic media accessibility
- Software, hardware, and systems accessibility
The policy was adopted in accordance with a resolution agreement UM signed with the Office for Civil Rights in March 2014. Information about policy implementation, training opportunities, and other important areas related to electronic and information technology accessibility is available throughout this website.
An OCR complaint was filed against UM in the spring of 2012. In response, UM formed the EITA Task Force to help draft a UM policy and coordinate necessary support activities. UM signed a resolution agreement with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights on March 7, 2014. Staff Senate, Faculty Senate, and ASUM vetted the agreement in accordance with UM's tradition of shared governance. The agreement specifices several requirements and processes, including:
- a UM policy about Electronic and Information Technology;
- accessibility training for faculty and staff;
- a process of self-study and implementation; and
- a Corrective Action Strategy
The University is committed to taking the actions specified in the agreement and will provide OCR with reports, data, and other information in a timely manner in accordance with the reporting provisions of the agreement.