[Athen] Youngstown State Case

Sean Keegan skeegan at stanford.edu
Thu Jan 22 13:11:46 PST 2015

Hi Patrick,

Yes - I was going back and forth on how to organize the information and decided finally to just get the content listed. A timeline is a good idea, though, and I will take a look at some possible options.

I agree with you that Youngstown State and, similarly, the University of Cincinnati, had various elements in place to address accessibility but perhaps not in a formalized manner. From what I can tell, both institutions received compliance reviews rather than being subject to specific complaints lodged against the institutions. The outcome, though, does indicate that OCR is focusing intently on electronic and information technology policies and plans.

Take care,

On Jan 21, 2015, at 1:11 PM, Patrick Burke <burke at ucla.edu> wrote:

> At 10:28 AM 1/15/2015, Sean J Keegan wrote:

>> New Legal Updates

>> The US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and two universities entered into resolution agreements regarding website accessibility and e-learning platforms in December, 2014. Direct links to the resolution agreements and letters for the University of Cincinnati and Youngstown State University can be found under Legal News on the ATHEN site (http://athenpro.org/content/legal-news).

> Thanks Sean for gathering these cases. It would be useful to include a publication date (e.g. for the press releases). That would create a nice timeline of progress on these issues.


> Also, in reading deep down into the Youngstown State Letter, it says that YSU has lab workstations with Jaws 4.0 & Zoomtext available. I hope hope hope that "4.0" is a misprint for 14.0. Jaws 4.0 would not be a very useful accommodation. They would have to be running Win98 or something... Certainly not compatible with any modern browser.


> Just curious if anyone more familiar with the case is out there & might have any info on this small but crucial point. From the other topics addressed in the letter, it sounds like they were trying to be accessible before the OCR investigation & had some elements in place, just lacked organizational structure & consistency. (Just my reading of the document.)



> Thanks very much,

> Patrick

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