FAQs about Procurement

Does the product or service I'm about to purchase need an accessibility review?

The product or service will need an in-dpeth accessibility review if it is of a high impact to the campus community as determined by DPRC and/or Procurement office. Please review the impact guidelines or contact us for further assistance. 

 

What if the vendor does not know what a VPAT is or how to complete a VPAT?

If the vendor needs assistance with understanding what a VPAT is or how to complete a VPAT, please use the following VPAT request template that includes all the necessary information. DPRC is also available to help.

 

How long does the process take if the product or service needs an ATI review?

The length of the process depends on vendor response time, the date the assessment request was received, and other factors. Generally, an ATI review will take 1 week if the VPAT is complete and made available by the vendor. However, if a high impact product is selected to undergo accessibility testing in order to validate the VPAT, please allow 4 weeks for review and include this in your planning for fiscal year end deadlines. Generally, we process accessibility assessments in the order that they are received. Please refer to the procurement procedures for additional information.

 

Why do some products undergo accessibility testing and some do not?

Since a VPAT is a self-report from the vendor on how accessible their product is, it is important to validate what is claimed on the VPAT. The ATI team will determine whether a product needs to undergo an accessibility assessment after reviewing the VPAT. In most cases, high impact websites, web applications and software will undergo accessibility testing. 

 

What if the product or service I want to purchase is not accessible?

If the product or service you want to purchase is not accessible, the ATI team will consult with you on alternative options. This may include selecting a different product, creating an EEAAP or requesting an exemption. Note that exemptions are no longer offered

 

What if a more accessible product becomes available at a later date?

If a more accessible product becomes available at a later date, you should consider switching to the product upon your next contract renewal (if it meets all your needs). The ATI Team is available to work with the new vendor to conduct any necessary accessibility testing and will update any existing EEAAP if needed.

 

What do I need to do if the vendor fixes accessibility issues with their product during the current contract?

The ATI Team will work with the vendor to conduct accessibility testing and update the EEAAP as necessary. When it is time to renew the contract, DPRC will also work with you to update any necessary paperwork.

 

My product’s contract is up for renewal.  Do I need to repeat accessibility testing or renew my EEAAP?

Vendors generally update their products every year, so the first step would be to ask the vendor for a new VPAT so we can review it. If a product was previously accessible, we generally do not perform accessibility testing unless significant new features were added to the product. If a product was previously inaccessible, we will perform accessibility testing and update the EEAAP as needed.

 

How do I request training for my department or colleagues on accessible procurement?

Please contact is at access@sfsu.edu and someone will follow up with you as soon as possible. You may also use our self-help resources.

 

What is the difference between E&IT and ICT?

The Section 508 Standards and Telecommunications Act is currently in the process of being refreshed. As part of this update, all references to E&IT (Electronic and Information Technologies) will eventually be replaced with ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). For the purposes of procurement at SF State E&IT and ICT are the same thing and will not change our processes.