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Closed Captioning Requirement

Legal Responsibilities

The University of Oregon is legally required to make their campuses and services accessible to people with disabilities and to provide closed captioning for recorded lectures, online courses, class materials, and other video content used for teaching and learning. If an instructor fails to meet these requirements, they are in violation of federal law.

  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 applies to all colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance, and to federal institutions.
  • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to educational facilities operated by state and local governments.
  • Title III of the ADA applies to private educational facilities, which are considered “places of public accommodation.”  Under all of these laws, the costs of accommodations such as sign language interpreters and transcription services are the responsibility of the college or university, and cannot be passed on to the student.


Canvas allows users to easily create and upload caption files when you add video content in the Rich Content Editor. Remember that there are limitations to the file type and size that can be used on your Canvas course page.

If lectures are posted to a YouTube account, they can utilize the automatic captioning tool provided through Google. For additional information on tools available through YouTube, see this Reference Page.

If your department has a Vimeo account for hosting course media, they may be able to utilize the service provided by the vendor.

University of Oregon Resources

The Accessible Education Center has a Support and Services group to support accessibility on campus. More information can be found here.

CMET in the Libraries can help with Canvas Captioning support.