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Resolution AgreementWisconsin Indianhead Technical CollegeOCR Docket #05-17-2338The Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (College) submits the following resolutionagreement (Agreement) to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) inresolution of OCR complaint #05-17-2338. This Agreement does not constitute an admission ofliability, non-compliance, or wrongdoing by the College. The College submits this Agreement toensure its compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), 29U.S.C. § 794, and its implementing regulation, at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of theAmericans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131 - 12134, and itsimplementing regulation, at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.Assurances of Nondiscrimination. The College hereby reaffirms its commitment to ensure thatindividuals with disabilities have an opportunity equal to that of their nondisabled peers toparticipate in the College’s programs, benefits, and services, including those delivered throughelectronic and information technology, except where doing so would impose an undue burdenor create a fundamental alteration.Benchmarks for Measuring Accessibility. For the purposes of this Agreement, theaccessibility of online content and functionality will be measured according to the WorldWide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 LevelAA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAIARIA) 1.0 techniques for web content, which are incorporated by reference.Adherence to these accessible technology standards is one way to ensure compliance with theCollege’s underlying legal obligations to ensure individuals with disabilities are able toacquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same benefits andservices within the same timeframe as their nondisabled peers, with substantially equivalentease of use; that they are not excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, orotherwise subjected to discrimination in any College programs, services, and activitiesdelivered online, as required by Section 504 and Title II and their implementing regulations;and that they receive effective communication of the College’s programs, services, andactivities delivered online.The College voluntarily agrees to take the actions set forth below.Remedies and Reporting1) Given that the College has never directly received a written complaint of websiteinaccessibility; and given the College’s ongoing efforts to address web accessibility, theCollege will have 90 days from the date of this Agreement to identify and remediate allbarriers to access to people with disabilities using or attempting to use the College’s onlineprograms, services, and activities. If, after 90 days, OCR confirms that all such barriershave been removed, the Agreement will be terminated, no further reporting will berequired, and this matter will be closed. If, however, OCR continues to identify barriers to

2 Pageaccess after this 90-day period, the College agrees to fulfill all the remaining terms of thisAgreement as set forth below.2) Notice. Within 120 calendar days of the date of this Agreement, the College will submit toOCR for review and approval a proposed notice to individuals with disabilities regardinghow to request the webmaster or other appropriate person to provide access to (or notifythe College regarding) online information or functionality that is currently inaccessible.The proposed notice will also include information or an accessible link to informationinstructing people how to file formal grievances with the College under Section 504 andTitle II and the College’s Section 504 and Title II coordinator(s). Within 10 calendar daysof receiving OCR’s approval of the proposed notice, the College will officially adopt andprominently post the approved notice on its home page and throughout its website(including all subordinate pages and intranet sites).a) Reporting. Within 15 calendar days of receiving OCR’s approval of the College’sproposed notice, the College will provide documentation to OCR regarding thelocations and content of its published notice.3) Auditor for the Plan for New Content: Within 120 calendar days of the date of thisAgreement, the College will propose for OCR’s review and approval the identity andcredentials of an Auditor (corporation or individual) to develop the Plan for New Content.The Auditor will have sufficient knowledge and experience in website accessibility forindividuals with disabilities to carry out all related tasks, including developing a ProposedPlan for New Content. The Auditor will use the Benchmarks for Measuring Accessibilityset out above, unless the College receives prior permission from OCR to use a differentstandard as a benchmark. During the Audit, the College will also seek input frommembers of the public with disabilities, including parents, students, employees, and othersassociated with the College, and other persons knowledgeable about website accessibility,regarding the accessibility of its online content and functionality.a) Reporting: Within 120 calendar days of the date of this Agreement, the College willsubmit the credentials of its proposed Auditor to OCR for review and approval. OCRwill evaluate whether the proposed Auditor has the requisite experience and knowledgeto carry out an appropriate Audit and to develop a Proposed Plan for New Content.4)Policies and Procedures Regarding New Online Content and Functionality. Within 120calendar days of the date of this Agreement, the College will submit to OCR for its reviewand approval proposed policies and procedures (“the Plan for New Content”) to ensurethat all new, newly-added, or modified online content and functionality will be accessibleto individuals with disabilities as measured by conformance to the Benchmarks forMeasuring Accessibility set forth above, except where doing so would impose afundamental alteration or undue burden.a) When fundamental alteration or undue burden defenses apply as outlined in Item 5, thePlan for New Content will require the College to provide equally effective alternativeaccess. The Plan for New Content will require the College in providing equally

3 Pageeffective alternate access, to take any actions that do not result in a fundamentalalteration or undue financial and administrative burdens, but nevertheless ensure that,to the maximum extent possible, individuals with disabilities receive the same benefitsor services as their nondisabled peers. To provide equally effective alternate access,alternates are not required to produce the identical result or level of achievement forindividuals with and without disabilities, but must afford individuals with disabilitiesequal opportunity to obtain the same result, to gain the same benefit, or to reach thesame level of achievement, in the most integrated setting appropriate to the individual’sneeds.b) The Plan for New Content must include sufficient quality assurance procedures,backed by adequate personnel and financial resources, for full implementation. Thisprovision also applies to the College’s online content and functionality developed by,maintained by, or offered through a third-party vendor or by using open sources.c) Within thirty (30) days of receiving OCR’s approval of the Plan for New Content, theCollege will officially adopt, and fully implement the amended policies andprocedures.d) Reporting: Within 45 calendar days of receiving OCR’s approval, the College willsubmit to OCR the approved policies and procedures, evidence of their adoption anddistribution, and a description of how they are being implemented.5)Undue Burden and Fundamental Alteration. For any technology-related requirement inthis Agreement for which the College asserts an undue burden or fundamental alterationdefense, such assertion may only be made by the Superintendent or by an individualdesignated by the Superintendent and who has budgetary authority after considering allresources available for use in the funding and operation of the service, program, oractivity, and must be accompanied by a written statement of the reasons for reaching thatconclusion, including the cost of meeting the requirement and the available funding andother resources. The written statement will be certified by the determining official. Ifsuch a determination is made, the certifying official will describe in the written statementhow it will provide equally effective alternate access, i.e., other action that would notresult in such an alteration or such burdens but would nevertheless ensure that, to themaximum extent possible, individuals with disabilities receive the same benefits orservices provided by the College as their nondisabled peers.a) Reporting: Within 30 calendar days of making the determination, the College willsubmit the written statement and appropriate supporting documentation to OCR forreview and approval.6) Plan for New Content: The College has represented that it is in the process of developing anew, accessible website that will “go live” by January 1, 2018. Within thirty (30) calendardays of receiving OCR’s approval of the Auditor referenced in Item 3, the College willsubmit to OCR a detailed schedule for ensuring the new website is consistent with the Planfor New Content referenced in Item 4. The schedule and Proposed Plan for New Content

4 Pagewill set up systems of accountability and verify claims of accessibility by vendors or opensources; and a system of testing and accountability to maintain the accessibility of allonline content and functionality on an ongoing basis; the Proposed Plan for New Contentwill provide appropriate information about the systems of accountability and verificationof claims of accessibility by vendors or open sources; and the system of testing andaccountability to maintain the accessibility of all online content and functionality on anongoing basis.a) Reporting: Within ninety (90) calendar days of receiving OCR’s approval of theAuditor referenced in Item 3, the College will submit to OCR documentation of thesteps taken by the Auditor during the development of the Proposed Plan for NewContent, a description of the outreach it undertook and the input it received, and adetailed accounting of the implementation and results of the Plan for New Content.7) Training. By May 15, 2018, and annually thereafter, the College will deliver websiteaccessibility training to all appropriate personnel, including, but not limited to: contentdevelopers, webmasters, procurement officials, and all others responsible for developing,loading, maintaining, or auditing web content and functionality.a) Reporting: For each training session required by this Agreement, until such time asOCR closes the monitoring of this Agreement, the College will submit to OCRdocumentation that it has been delivered. The documentation will include a list ofinvitees and attendees, including titles; a description of the delivered training content;and the presenters’ credentials for giving such training.The College understands that by signing this Agreement, it agrees to provide the foregoinginformation in a timely manner in accordance with the reporting requirements of this Agreement.Further, the College understands that during the monitoring of this Agreement, if necessary,OCR may visit the College, interview staff, and request such additional reports or data, includingsimulated website accounts and passwords, as are necessary for OCR to determine whether theCollege has fulfilled the terms of this Agreement and is in compliance with the regulationsimplementing Section 504, at 34 C.F.R. §§ 104.4, and Title II, at 28 C.F.R. §§ 35.130, and35.160(a). Upon completion of the obligations under this Agreement, OCR shall close anddismiss this case.The College understands and acknowledges that OCR may initiate administrative enforcementor judicial proceedings to enforce the specific terms and obligations of this Agreement. Beforeinitiating administrative enforcement (34 C.F.R. §§ 100.9, 100.10), or judicial proceedings toenforce this Agreement, OCR shall give the College written notice of the alleged breach andsixty (60) calendar days to cure the alleged breach.This Agreement will become effective immediately upon the signature of the University’srepresentative below.

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accessibility of online content and functionality will be measured according to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 techniques for web content, which are incorporated by reference.

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