Accessibility

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental values at Virginia Commonwealth University, and we are committed to providing access to individuals with disabilities to our programs, activities and services, including courses and websites. Whether you’re a student who needs extra time on an exam, a visitor looking for accessible parking or a staff member who requires accommodations to perform essential functions of your job, we offer resources to ensure you can take advantage of all that VCU has to offer.

Getting around campus

All VCU shuttles are accessible, and VCU Parking and Transportation provides maps of accesible parking.

Accessible parking at VCU

Resources for students with disabilities

VCU provides accommodations to ensure students with disabilities have equal educational opportunities and experiences.

Student Accessibility and Education Opportunity

Division for Academic Success

Resources for employees with disabilities

ADA Services provides resources and support for employees with disabilities consistent with state and federal law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. It also collaborates with the Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity office, the Division for Academic Success and departments across the university to ensure access to university programs, services and activities.

ADA Services

Library resources

VCU Libraries offers a number of services and resources for visitors with disabilities, such as individualized library orientations and assitive technology, at both of its locations. 

Accessibility at VCU Libraries 

Resources for instructional faculty to use in their teaching

There are many ways that faculty can make their courses and course materials accessible to students with disabilities. The following units provide resources and assistance:

  • Academic accommodations and services: Faculty seeking information about accommodations and services available to students with disabilities should consult the Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity office (Monroe Park Campus) or the Division for Academic Success (MCV Campus).
  • Academic technologies: The Learning Systems department provides workshops and consultations to help faculty use university-supported eLearning applications and tools, as well as recommendations for making course content accessible.
  • ALT Lab and Online@VCU: Through workshops, online resources and individual consultations, both groups provide specific pedagogically focused guidance for faculty teaching with technology and can assist with making course materials accessible.
  • Captioning: VCU provides guidelines, definitions and approved vendors to help employees caption videos and audio recordings so they are accessible to all users.
  • Procurement: VCU’s Office of Procurement Services can assist in identifying vendors who can meet accessibility needs and in creating appropriate agreements. 

Resources for employees who create digital content

All public-facing VCU websites, including any web content, must comply with VCU’s web standards for accessibility, which follow the WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility standards. VCU provides specific guidance, training and technical assistance to the Web Users Group and Social Media Administrators Group through their meetings and listservs. Any unit with a website or social media account must have a representative in the appropriate group(s).

  • Sign up for Web Users Group listerv.
  • Sign up for the Social Media Administrators Group.
  • AChecker: This tool scans webpages for accessibiility compliance issues based on the WCAG 2.0 Level AA accessibility standard.
  • Captioning: VCU provides guidelines, definitions and approved vendors to help employees caption videos and audio recordings so they are accessible to all users.
  • Social media: Questions concerning captioning and accessibility on social media sites can be directed to socialmedia@vcu.edu.
  • Procurement: VCU’s Office of Procurement Services can assist in identifying vendors who can meet accessibility needs and in creating appropriate agreements. 

VCU’s web standards for accessibility

VCU policies

The following university policies provide additional information about VCU's obligations with respect to individuals with disabilities.