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Higher Education Lawsuits

Higher Education Litigation Timeline

Year

Defendant

Complaint

Results

2013

Lousiana Tech

Inaccessibility of course material

$23,543 to student and make their Web sites and course materials more accessible.

Justice Department Settles with Louisiana Tech University Over Inaccessible Course Materials

2013

University of California, Berkeley

Timely Access to materials as well as library accessibility (print books/journals and catalog software)

Outcomes of the lawsuit include: alternative Media Services, Library accessibility capacity/procedures, timely adoption, and Campus-wide Assistive Technology Availability.

University of California, Berkeley Settlement

2013

South Carolina Technical College System (SCTCS)

Inaccessibility of Web Sites

Came to an agreement with U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) to: develop a resource guide that provides information about web accessibility requirements. Direct that the SCTCS websites be accessible to students with disabilities, annually review the system’s and colleges’ websites, and monitor steps taken to correct any accessibility problems identified.

Civil Rights Agreement Reached with South Carolina Technical College System on Accessibility of Websites to People with Disabilities

2012

University of Montana

Inaccessibility of Web content and services (class assignments, live chat and discussion board, videos without captions, and an inaccessible registration system)

Universty of Montana has been given two years to get their campus complaint with accessibility laws. They also created an Office of Accessible Technology Services, agreed to impliment campus policies about accessibility and train staff/faculty/web content authors about creating accessible content. The campus will also begin reporting their policies and procedures to the Office of Civil Rights yearly.

University of Montana OCR Settlement

University of Montana Reaches Agreement for Polices and Training

2012

Florida State University

Inaccessibility of E-Learning

$150,000 settlement ($75,000 per student) and to continue its efforts to make courses accessible to all students.

Florida State University Resolves Litigation with Students

2011

Northwestern University

Inaccessibility of Google Apps

Google agreed to make Google Apps more accessible.

Google Apps Inaccessible To Blind Students

Colleges Discriminate Against the Blind With Google Apps, Advocates Say

2011

New York University

Inaccessibility of Google Apps

Google agreed to make Google Apps more accessible.

Google Apps Inaccessible To Blind Students

Colleges Discriminate Against the Blind With Google Apps, Advocates Say

2010

Penn State University

Inaccessibility of Web site and course materials

The University agreed to make all electronic and information technology systems used on its campuses fully accessible to blind students, faculty, and staff.

NFB and Penn State resolve U.S. Dept. of Justice civil rights complaint

2009

Law School Admissions Council

Inaccessibility of Web content and LSAT preparation materials

Settlement included an agreement to make Web content and services conform to WCAG 2.0 AA within 5 months.

Blind Students Sue Law Schools Over Online Applications

2009

Arizona State, Princeton, Reed, Pace, Darden School of Business and Case Western

Inaccessibility of Kindle textbook technology

The university agreed that it would evaluate e-book readers that were accessible to the blind if it chose to deploy them in the future.

Lawsuit over Kindle navigation by visually impaired settled

2007

CSU San Bernadino

Violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other state and federal laws by failing to make the programs, services, and activities they offer at CSUSB accessible to students with disabilities.

The University agreed to provide better support to Disabled students, maintain records of complaints, accommodations, and services provided, and to train staff, faculty, and Services to Students with Disabilities on how to accommodate students according to the agreement.

In addition the campus had to pay:

  • $505,000 in Attorney fees

  • $315,000 in damages

CSU San Bernadino's Settlement announcement to the campus and community

2005

University of California, Berkeley

Inaccessibility of campus navigation, barriers for immobile students and added stress from these barriers.

Campus layout was audited, resources are now provided to students with special needs, and any accessibility issues that were identified were remediated.

Gustafson v. U.C. Berkley Settlement agreement