What is a VPAT?
A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) is a supplier-generated statement that provides information on how a product or service conforms to the Section 508 Accessibility Standards for Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT) in a consistent fashion and format. In general, suppliers should generate a VPAT whenever they develop products or services that are determined to be E&IT and are to be sold in the California State University marketplace. In each VPAT, suppliers are expected to make specific statements in simple understandable language about how their product or service meets the requirements of the Section 508 Standards (section by section, and paragraph by paragraph).
If an electronic and information technology product or service will be used in an academic setting, by more than one user, or by the general public, a VPAT is required to ensure the product/service is fully accessible, regardless of disability. Please visit CSUF’s Accessible Technology Initiative site for more information.
How to Obtain a VPAT
1. Check the CSUF VPAT Repository
Save yourself some time and check the CSUF VPAT Repository to see if a VPAT is on file for the product/service you are seeking to acquire. The CSUF VPAT repository stores the most recent VPATs for products and services procured by our campus. If the VPAT you need is not in the repository, see #2.
2. Contact the Supplier
Many suppliers who work with Higher Ed and other government agencies already have VPATs available for download from their website. If you cannot locate a VPAT on their site, contact them directly to inquire. If they do not have a VPAT on file, see #3.
3. Ask the Supplier to complete a VPAT
Suppliers that do not have a VPAT should complete the VPAT template. The CSU Chancellor’s Office Accessible Procurement website has information specifically for suppliers regarding the CSU’s E&IT requirement and how to provide documentation about their product’s conformance with applicable accessibility standards.
How to Use the CSUF VPAT Repository
Clicking the brand icon opens up VPATs on file for that particular brand in a new window. Locate the appropriate model, download a copy, and attach it to the VPAT section of the online IT Purchase Request form.
Note: VPATs are specific to make and model versions, so updated VPATs may have to be requested if the product is upgraded or changed.