As centuries-long injustices against black and brown persons continue today, the University remains committed to supporting and educating students, faculty and staff on our mission and values centered on inclusion, diversity and equity. Read more

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Westfield State University was recently made aware of disturbing social media matters. We take these matters seriously and the University is assessing and addressing them under appropriate policies and procedures. Read President Torrecilha’s message to the campus community on this matter.

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Accessible PDFs

Always consider a webpage over a PDF.  If a PDF must be used, it must be accessible.


What to do when a PDF is NOT accessible — 3 options

Option 1:

Create a text-based alternative instead of (or in addition to) the PDF.  The best text-based alternative is a regular (HTML) web page. The vast majority of all users (whether they have a disability or not) prefer regular web pages over PDFs and, given the choice, will choose to download a web page.

Option 2:

Make your PDF accessible. See “PDF Accessibility” for instructions.

Option 3:

Offer to e-mail PDFs (and other non-accessible media) to users upon request. This is an acceptable option if your PDF is a book or other multi-page document that would be extremely difficult or time-consuming to make accessible or recreate as a regular web page.

Example:
TITLE AND SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PUBLICATION: Available upon request. Please e-mail us to request a PDF copy.