Exception Requests

If after careful evaluation of all available resources and options it has determined that compliance with a provision of Texas A&M International University’s Digital Accessibility Policy imposes a significant difficulty or expense to the University, Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) staff/faculty may request an exception. An exception for significant difficulty or expense is not an exception to overall compliance, but rather is an exception only for the specific item or situation and requires a reasonable alternate method for access.

Approved exceptions to compliance with the Texas DIR accessibility rules allow a time-limited exception to the standard means of access to the EIR under consideration. Approved exceptions does not eliminate the University EIR owner's responsibility to provide access to the EIR by an alternate method or in an alternate format. Any request for an exception to the Texas or System's accessibility rules must be submitted to TAMIU Digital Accessibility Officer for review and processing.

Completed Digital Accessibility Exceptions Request Form are submitted to the Digital Accessibility Officer for processing. Exceptions require approval by the CIO and President or designee who will specify an expiration date for an approved exception.

Helpful Steps to Ensure EIR Compliance

  1. Vet multiple products
    • Contact vendors to request a completed Section 508 Accessibility Conformance Report (ACR) also known as VPAT for each product you are purchasing. If not available, ask for supporting evidence of each product’s degree of conformance with Section 508 accessibility criteria.
  2. Contact the Digital Accessibility team
    • Email accessibility@tamiu.edu; the Digital Accessibility team can help you and determine if an exception request is necessary.
  3. Review form instructions
  4. Fill out the online form
    • Complete the online Digital Accessibility Exception Request form.
  5. Look for status updates
    • Your request will be reviewed by the accessibility team and routed to your department head, dean or vice president, CIO and , subsequently, the President, or designee.
  6. Receive final decision
    • As the requestor, you’re notified of the final decision and exception duration through an automated email, an the resulting document is saved within the Laserfiche repository. If you filled out the form on behalf of an EIR owner/administrator and added them to the form, they will also receive notifications and results of the review.
  7. Notify purchasing agents


The following EIR currently has an exemption on file approved by the Texas State Department of Information Resources:

  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Software