15 Years After An OCR Suit: NC State’s Accessibility Refresh

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In 1999, NC State University entered into a voluntary resolution resulting from three complaints filed from the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The resolution agreement resulted in the creation of a campus-wide IT accessibility policy, an accessibility coordinator position, and other essential accessibility resources that were relevant at the time.

But what does accessibility at NC State University look like 15 (actually 17) years later? After so much time, it would be easy to fall behind or fail to maintain the established accessibility standards.

In this session, Grey Reavis (University IT Accessibility Coordinator) and Rebecca Sitton (Assistive Technology Coordinator) will look at how they are creating a proactive strategy to address the current risk areas on campus.

This presentation will cover:

  • The OCR complaints and the major initiatives that came out of them
  • NC State’s risk assessment process and current initiatives
  • How awareness of OCR complaints influences campus climate and changes
  • NC State’s campus-wide accessibility policy
  • Faculty training
  • Working to make accessibility a proactive priority on campus


Grey Reavis
University IT Accessibility Coordinator | NC State University

Rebecca Sitton
Assistive Technology Coordinator | NC State University

Lily Bond (Moderator)
Director of Marketing | 3Play Media