Reason for Guidelines
Gaston College promotes student success and lifelong learning through high caliber, affordable, and comprehensive educational programs and services. The college provides support services for students, including services for students with disabilities and other special needs. To fulfill this mission, we must comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). It requires electronic information, including websites and eLearning content, be accessible. Further, the NC General Assembly passed Senate Bill 866 in 2001 making accessibility a state requirement.
Currently, the two most widely accepted standards for web accessibility are the aforementioned Section 504 and the WCAG of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Gaston College is following the North Carolina Community College System recommendation of WCAG.
- These guidelines apply to all College Web pages, eLearning, and electronic content used to conduct core college business or academic activities.
- Individual web pages published by students, employees, or non-college organizations that are hosted by the College and do not conduct college-related business are encouraged to adopt the College’s guidelines but fall outside the College’s jurisdiction.
- Archived web pages do not have to meet the guidelines unless specifically requested by an individual with a disability. See the Procedures section of these guidelines for appropriate steps to take if a request is made.
- Where compliance is not technically possible or may require extraordinary measures due to the nature of the information and the intent of a web page, a request for an exception must be made in writing to the Counselor – Accessibility. Such requests must be based on issues other than cost alone.