Policies

Welcome to Farmingdale State College’s Policy Library. This library is the official repository for all institutional policies and procedures and is intended to be a resource for faculty, staff and students seeking information related to the policies that govern the institution. This library does not contain department-specific policies and procedures. Please contact the department for specific departmental policies and procedures.

Please direct all questions regarding policy content to the Responsible Office listed on the respective policy.

If you wish to propose or amend an institutional policy, please review the Policy for Developing Intuitional Policies and complete the Policy Proposal Form.

For assistance with drafting and amending policies, please refer to the Policy Writing Guidance and/or contact the Risk and Compliance Office at 934-420-5365.

Website Accessibility Policy

Persons Affected

Faculty, Staff, Students, Third-Parties

Policy Statement

Farmingdale State College is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. Farmingdale seeks to make sure the website conforms to the Americans with Disabilities Act, Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Accessibility of Information Communication Technology Policy NYS-P08-005.

Definitions

Content Management System
Farmingdale State College uses OU Campus as its Content Management System to manage the website. In order to make it easier for Content Contributors to create accessible pages, the college provides web templates through OU Campus that meet many standard accessibility requirements. Content Contributors need to do their part by making sure that the content they add to those templates conforms to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Conformance Level AA guidelines by checking for “W3C validation” and “Web Accessibility” before publishing content.

Some of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Conformance Level AA guidelines enforced on our website includes:

Headers
Nest headings by their rank (or level). The most important heading has the rank 1 (<h1>), the least important heading rank 6 (<h6>). Headings with an equal or higher rank start a new section, headings with a lower rank start new subsections that are part of the higher ranked section. Top header must be rank 1 (<h1>).

Skipping heading ranks can be confusing and should be avoided where possible: Skipping heading ranks can be confusing and should be avoided where possible: Make sure that a <h2> is not followed directly by an <h4>, for example. It is OK to skip ranks when closing subsections, for instance, a <h2> beginning a new section, can follow an <h4> as it closes the previous section. View page with header structure and explanation.
Source: Web Accessibility Tutorials, W3C Web Accessibility Initiative.

Images

  • Use the "alt" tag to describe images by filling out the Image Description and Title fields with meaningful text.
  • Provide text links if using graphical elements for navigation.
Links
  • Link text should be meaningful enough to make sense when read out of context.
For example, write "Read more information about the department" instead of "Click here."

Word and PDF Documents

  • Ensure that uploaded Word and PDF documents are properly saved for ADA compliance.
  • How to create Accessible documents (Word, PDF, PowerPoint, Excel).
    Farmingdale State College will conduct periodic web audits to the Website to ensure that the above guidelines are continuously followed.
Download Content Contributors Accessibility Guide (pdf)

Keyboard Navigation:
Farmingdale State College's Website has been programmed to be keyboard accessible by using the Tab, Shift+Tab and Enter keys to navigate through content. Skip navigation to different areas has been added to facilitate navigation to keyboard users:
  1. Go to Main Content
  2. Go to Secondary Navigation
  3. Go to Search
  4. Skip to Main Content
  5. Go to Footer Navigation
Firefox Users:

Windows and Macintosh:
In order to navigate the top menu bar using the arrow keys, the setting "Always use the cursor keys to navigate within pages" must be enabled. To change this setting open the menu, select "Options", navigate to the "Browsing" section at the bottom of the options page, and finally enable the option called "Always use the cursor keys to navigate within pages".

Macintosh:
In order to navigate the website using the Tab key, the setting "Full Keyboard Access" must be changed to "All controls" in System Preferences. To change this setting open the Apple menu on the top menu bar, select "System Preferences" from the dropdown menu, select the "Keyboard" section, select the "Shortcut" tab, and finally change the "Full Keyboard Access" option to "All controls".

How to Increase or Decrease Browser Font Size:
Windows Users:
Internet Explorer:
View > Text Size > Select Size
Macintosh Users:
Internet Explorer:
View > Text Zoom > Select Size

Keyboard Shortcuts:
Pressing the buttons listed together at the same time also changes font sizes. "Cmd" is the Command key on the Macintosh keyboard. "Ctrl" is the Control key. The plus sign (+) means the two keys around it must be pressed at the same time.

Windows:
Decrease Font: Ctrl+- (minus sign)
Increase Font: Ctrl++(plus sign)

Macintosh:
Decrease Font: Cmd+- (minus sign)
Increase Font: Cmd++(plus sign)

Responsible Office

New and updated web content on https://www.farmingdale.edu/ follows the W3C WAI's Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level AA. Any issues should be reported to accessibility@farmingdale.edu.

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