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About ICT Procurement

California Government Code 11135 requires the CSU to comply with Section 508 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended in 1998, and to apply the accessibility standards published by the U.S. Access Board forInformation and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services that it buys, creates, uses and maintains. Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. In terms of procurement, the CSU is required to purchase Information and Communication Technology (ICT)  products and services that conform to the standards established for each category of covered items, if such are commercially available, and their purchase does not result in an undue burden or fundamental alteration.

Complying with Section 508 is a broad based and far reaching initiative that affects virtually every aspect of how a modern university functions and operates. 

ICT Includes

  • Telecommunication products
  • Information kiosks
  • Transaction machines
  • World Wide Web sites
  • Software and mobile applications
  • Computer operating systems
  • Computers
  • Multimedia
  • Electronic office equipment (such as copiers and multi-function devices)
  • Any device or system that is used in the creation, conversion, or duplication of data or information


The following products are excluded from the E&IT accessibility analysis and procurement approval process:

  • Anything electronic whose principal function is not information
  • Computer supplies (CDs, ribbons, stock paper)
  • Computer monitors, displays, and projectors
  • Wireless presenters
  • Wired and wireless keyboards; wired and wireless mouse; wired and wireless desktop speakers
  • Video cards and video adapters
  • Cables, except network patch cables
  • USB hubs
  • UPS battery backup for desktop
  • Digital cameras, camera lenses and other camera accessories
  • Facsimile machines
  • Televisions and projection devices
  • Disks, SD cards, electronic and data storage devices.

The Accessible Technology Initiative's

  • Vision: To create a culture of access for an inclusive learning and working environment.
  • Mission: To help CSU campuses in carrying out EO926 by developing guidelines, implementation strategies, tools and resources.
  • Principle: To apply universal design, an approach to the design of products and services to be usable by the greatest number of people including individuals with disabilities.
  • Strategy: To stimulate collaboration to affect changes that will ultimately benefit all.

Compliance with the University Information Security Office

The University Information Security Office is responsible for the security of all protected information collected, used, maintained, or released by the University as well as assuring campus compliance with Federal, State, CSU and Campus Information Security mandates. For this reason, all cloud-hosted software applications and any other IT product or service comprising University data requires thorough evaluation to ensure data being transmitted to a cloud environment is safeguarded.

IT Purchase Request

The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) form initiates and documents the review process of IT products/services to ensure our campus adheres to CSU policy. The form must be completed by the purchase requester, reviewed for compliance, and approved by the ATI Team, Security Team, and IITS/CIO prior to proceeding with the purchase.

The duration of the review process will vary based on campus peaks times (start of a semester, fiscal year-end, etc.), the product/service type, and timeliness of suppliers in providing a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) and/or resolving contractual provisions as deemed necessary by the Information Security Office. 

Thanks for your patience and support in certifying the products and services CSU San Marcos procures are accessible and secure.