Closed Captioning for Live Web Conferencing Events

Grand Valley State University is committed to the fundamental academic principles of equity and accessibility by providing all students and staff with equitable access to the University's programs, services, events and staff development activities. In accordance with these principles, the University has developed a Web Accessibility Policy that aims to support an inclusive academic environment by incorporating design concepts that reduce or remove barriers to our websites.

This policy establishes minimum standards for the accessibility of web-based information and services considered necessary to meet the University's goals and ensure compliance with applicable law. The University has assigned web accessibility responsibilities to its Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator and Web Manager, or their designees.

This policy applies to all official web pages and associated web-based services developed by or for a college, school, department, program, or unit of the University.

All new web pages published by any University college, school, department, program, or unit on or after the effective date of this policy must conform to this policy and the WCAG 2.0 Level AA Technologies Accessibility Standards including all live web conferencing events and streams that are meant for viewing by a broad public audience. The objective is to allow users who cannot hear to be able to access real-time synchronized media broadcasts. NOTE: If the streamed video is restricted to an internal audience (behind a login, only streamed to another University Campus location) the use of closed captioning is still encouraged if practical, but it’s not required so long as accommodations aren’t needed by that audience.

For more information about the services available for closed captioning a live web conference or streamed event, please contact University Communications.