Hartnell College is committed to ensuring its websites are accessible to the widest possible audience.  The College is formally committed to equal access of information and following all recommended guidelines outlined in federal regulations including Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 with its 2008 Amendments.


"Accessible" information technology means that a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information and use the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and integrated manner. Accessible information technology will ensure equal opportunity to experience the educational benefits and opportunities afforded by information technology platforms and services.

Specific information technology covered by this Accessibility policy include:

  • Websites
  • Software applications
  • Computers and peripherals
  • Video and audio content
  • Electronic documents

Examples within the above categories include:

  • Web-based applications
  • Learning management systems
  • Campus-wide administrative applications
  • Content management systems
  • Classroom technologies
  • Lecture capture solutions
  • Cloud-based applications
  • Email and electronic calendars
  • Library resources

Entities covered by this policy include academic, administrative, and all other units that support the University's mission and support services through utilization of University-supported information technology.


The Instructional Design and Acessibility webpage on the College's website provides resources for Faculty/Staff that are looking to ensure the accessibility of their online information. The page provides guidance for:

Developing accessible websites
Creating accessible PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Google Drive documents
Accessibility considerations for video
Resources for auditing accessibility
Procurement guidelines for accessible technology.
Accessibility training videos through Lynda.com 

The Accessibility webpage provides channels to request accessible materials and report accessibility issues quickly and easily. 

Accessibility issues may be reported by using the Accessibility Feedback Form or by phone at (831) 759-6003 or direct e-mail to webmaster@hartnell.edu


Hartnell College will reference the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA for guidance in ensuring that accessibility commitments are being met. 


Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Americans with Disabilities Act as amended

Who To Contact

  • James Fitch
    Web Administrator
    Phone: 831-759-6003
    Building: E - College Administration (South)
    Office: 113
    E - College Administration (South)