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Miami University Settles Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

The Justice Department filed a proposed consent decree today to resolve allegations that Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by using inaccessible classroom and other technologies.

Under the consent decree, which is pending court approval, Miami University will make significant improvements to ensure that technologies across all its campuses are accessible to individuals with disabilities and will pay $25,000 to compensate individuals with disabilities.  The agreement also requires reforms to Miami University’s technology procurement practices.  These improvements will benefit all current and future Miami University students with disabilities.

As part of the consent decree, Miami University will, among other things:

  • ensure that its web content and learning management systems conform with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA standards;
  • meet with every student who has a disability for which he or she requires assistive technologies or curricular materials in alternate formats, and their instructors, every semester to develop an accessibility plan; and
  • procure web technology or software that best meets various accessibility standards.

Read the article.

Review the settlement.

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