Web Accessibility

SUNY Web Accessibility Effort

On May 17, 2010, the NYS Office for Technology (OFT) released a revised Policy (NYS-P08-005), entitled "Accessibility of Web-Based Information and Applications". This new policy replaced and superseded the previous revision, dated January 27, 2010, and became effective immediately.

The Policy Statement, contained in Section 4.0, consists of three parts:

Part 1 requires compliance with Federal Section 508 standards. Specifically, it requires compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended 29 USC § 794 (d), Subpart B, section 1194.22 and Subpart C, section 1194.31.

Part 2 addresses procurement of Web site design, development, and maintenance services. It specifies language for all solicitations, contracts, and amendments involving the creation of content for the web, to the effect that the content created by the contractor and any subcontractors must also adhere to the Policy. This excludes portions of an intranet, the Internet or an extranet that are outside the control of the state agency or the third party.

Part 3 provides for exemptions from adhering to the standards in the case where compliance would cause a Fundamental Alteration to the service, program, or activity, or would cause an Undue Financial and Administrative Burden.

Campuses are individually responsible for maintaining Web accessibility on their Web sites.

Browser Support

This site is best viewed on a PC with browsers Internet Explorer (IE) 7.0+ or Mozilla Firefox 3.5+, on the Windows operating system. We test our sites on the Macintosh OS, but we do not code to specifically support it. For any issues, please Contact Us, and we will do our best to resolve the issue regardless of browser or operating system.


The documents offered within the suny.edu domain utilize multiple file formats. Below is a chart that will help you identify which software downloads are needed to view different file extensions. If you require a document in a different file format than we currently provide or experience accessibility issues, please Contact Us. To better assist any inquiries please include the page URL and document name(s) in your email.

Document Files
Adobde Reader Icon Adobe Reader (.pdf)
For viewing and printing PDF documents.
Microsoft Word Viewer Icon Microsoft Word Viewer (.doc, .docx)
For viewing, printing and copying Word documents without having Microsoft Word installed.
Microsoft Excel Viewer Icon Microsoft Excel Viewer (.xls, .xlsx)
For viewing and printing Excel workbooks without having Microsoft Excel installed.
Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer Icon Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer (.ppt, .pptx)
For viewing full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and later versions.
Multimedia Files
Adobe Flash Player Icon Adobe Flash Player (.flv)
For viewing Flash-based multimedia files.
Apple Quicktime Icon Apple Quicktime (.mov, .mpeg)
For viewing .mov multimedia files.
Microsoft Silverlight Icon Microsoft Silverlight (.xap)
For viewing Microsoft Silverlight-based multimedia files.
Windows Media Player Icon Windows Media Player (.wmv, .mp3, .mpeg)
For playing a wide range of multimedia files.