"It is our duty as public educators and thought leaders to provide equal access to information."
The University of Tennessee at Martin values diverse experiences and perspectives, and strives to fully include everyone who engages with UT Martin. All university communications, whether in the context of classrooms or public messaging, must be equally accessible, by law. More importantly, it is our duty as public educators and thought leaders to provide equal access to information. As a higher education institution, we must be vigilant regarding the ever-changing landscape of emerging technologies used in the classrooms and public communication.
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibit the University of Tennessee from discriminating against individuals on the basis of disability.
In recent years, the United States Department of Justice and the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, have increased their scrutiny of whether higher education institutions are complying with those laws with respect to the accessibility of instructional technology, information, and materials.
The UT System level policy on accessibility went into effect on October 16, 2015. This policy affirms our commitment to providing access to programs, services, and facilities for individuals with disabilities. This commitment includes access to information technology (IT) we purchase, create, and use, such as websites, software, hardware, and media.