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Web Accessibility Policy

Michigan Virtual, formally Michigan Virtual University, is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1998 and provides online education and training to Michigan’s K-12 community. Michigan Virtual recognizes the importance of and is committed to providing equal opportunity to the educational benefits and opportunities afforded by technology and has adopted this Web Accessibility Policy to ensure that our websites are accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. This policy implements several initiatives to increase the accessibility and usability of our websites following generally accepted and available standards and guidelines. Michigan Virtual agrees to take the following actions.

  • Conform all existing and new web content produced by Michigan Virtual to meet the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA conformance, or updated equivalents (Referred to throughout as WCAG 2.0).
  • Designate a Web Accessibility Coordinator with the authority to coordinate and implement the Web Accessibility Policy.
  • Direct Michigan Virtual administrators and staff to ensure that any free, third-party content used by Michigan Virtual adheres to the web accessibility policy.
  • Ensure that any content-acquired through contracts with third-party vendors will also adhere to Michigan Virtual’s web accessibility policy, and where applicable, the contract language will include specific language acknowledging adherence to the Michigan Virtual web accessibility policy.
  • Provide annual training to any Michigan Virtual staff responsible for creating or distributing online content to students, employees, guests, and visitors with disabilities on the Web Accessibility Policy, the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, and their roles and responsibilities to ensure content is accessible. This training will be facilitated, in whole or in part, by an individual with sufficient knowledge, skill, and experience to understand the WCAG 2.0 standards and/or through high-quality online resources designed by such individuals.
  • Under the direction of the Michigan Virtual Accessibility Coordinator, conduct, or retain professionals knowledgeable in WCAG 2.0 guidelines, to conduct annual internal accessibility audits of electronic information technology against the WCAG 2.0 guidelines with students, teachers and staff in usability testing and develop a plan to address identified issues. Accessibility checks will be incorporated into the publishing workflow for all new content as well as review of third party content. All problems identified in the review will be documented, evaluated, and, if necessary, remediated within a reasonable period of time.
  • Inform all Michigan Virtual employees, visitors and users of Michigan Virtual websites of the Web Accessibility Policy, as well as their right to report violations of this policy, contact the Web Accessibility Coordinator with any accessibility concerns, and/or file a formal complaint through its Web Accessibility grievance procedure. The Michigan Virtual web accessibility policy will be posted in logical and readily-identifiable locations on our websites.
  • Review the policy annually and document the last reviewed date on the website.

As we make progress toward meeting our goal of ensuring accessibility of our websites, we invite you to submit any questions, concerns or suggestions you may have about accessibility to our Web Accessibility Coordinator:

Frances J. Saroki, Ph.D.
Course Development Manager
Michigan Virtual
Phone: 517.664.5458

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.