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 This new policy replaced and superseded the previous revision, dated January 27, 2010, and became effective immediately.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 โ€“ Statement of Standard;
  • Part 2 โ€“ Statement regarding Third-Party Development; and
  • Part 3 โ€“ Exemptions.

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 ยง 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 Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Internet Explorer (IE), 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. You can download each browser at the links below:


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.

Accessibility Aids: Plug-ins and File Viewers

All applets, plug-ins, or other applications required by webpages that are not included on the specific page are found as links from this page.

These links are to third party products not created by SUNY. SUNY does not endorse any of these products; they are listed below for the convenience of our visitors. Address questions about the particular plug-in or file viewer to the respective vendor.

Adobe Acrobat

Use Adobe Acrobat to read Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Microsoft Word

Microsoft offers file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS-Word or have another version of MS-Word to open and view MS-Word files.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft offers file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS-Excel or have another version of MS-Excel to view MS-Excel files.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft offers file viewer and converter programs to enable those who do not have MS-PowerPoint or have another version of MS-PowerPoint to view MS-PowerPoint files.

Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft offers a Sliverlight plugin to interact with Silverlight-based multimedia files for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web and mobile applications.


Zip files are single files, sometimes called "archives", that contain one or more compressed files. Files with this extension (.zip) require the WinZip, to open and extract them.