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Accessibility Statement – University of Potsdam

The University of Potsdam is committed to ensuring digital accessibility for persons with disabilities. We are continuously improving the user-friendliness of all applications and strive to make our services accessible in accordance with the Act on Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities of the State of Brandenburg (BbgBGG) as well as the Barrier-free Information Technology Ordinance (BbgBITV) within the meaning of Article 1 of the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 26, 2016 on the Accessibility of the Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies (Official Journal of the European Union L 327 of December 2, 2016, p. 1).
Accessibility is based on the international Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) at conformance level AA and the European Standard EN 301 549, version 2.1.2. For PDF documents, the international PDF/UA standard is also being observed.

This accessibility statement applies to the central websites of the University of Potsdam - – and the central web services,,,,,, and

This statement does not apply to project websites and web services of organizational units at the university that operate independent web applications.

Efforts to Promote Accessibility

The University of Potsdam takes the following measures to ensure accessibility:

  • Digital accessibility is part of our mission statement.
  • Accessibility is part of our internal guidelines.
  • Within the university, clear goals and responsibilities have been defined.

Conformance Status

Partial conformance: This application partially meets the EN 301 549 requirements.

Methodology of the Evaluation:  Self-assessment

Created on: August 25, 2020
Last Evaluation: May 1, 2022

Known Problems in Relation to Accessibility

Despite our best efforts, some problems may occur during use. 
This is a description of the content that is known to be non-accessible. Please contact us if you encounter a problem that is not listed.

  • Apart from the main pages, text alternatives for images and tables as well as link descriptions are missing in some cases.
  • There may be errors in the structure and content hierarchy or links may be incomprehensible.
  • Not all documents are available in an accessible version.
  • Subtitles or audio descriptions are not available for videos in most cases.
  • Alternatives for audio files and silent videos are rare or not available.
  • Cartographic depictions are currently not accessible.
  • Online forms are not accessible in most cases.  
  • Moving contents (so-called sliders) cannot be switched off.
  • Web services that require registration are not always accessible.

As a university we have a very large and versatile website and run complex central web applications with many people involved. The website and the central web applications were published before September 23, 2018 and do not reflect the current state of accessibility requirements. 
Various documents from office applications (such as PDF files) could not yet be completely converted due to their large number and complexity. 
We are working on making the web content and documents available in an accessible format.

Support for Students and Employees

Feedback Mechanism

Please let us know if there are existing deficits relating to compliance with accessibility requirements. Information that is not accessible without barriers can be requested in an accessible format.

University of Potsdam 
Am Neuen Palais 10 
14469 Potsdam 
E-Mail: bitvuni-potsdamde

Enforcement Procedures

If you are not satisfied with the answer you receive as your request is processed or if you do not receive a response from the above-mentioned points of contact within a period of three weeks, you can submit an application to the Enforcement Office of the State of Brandenburg, established at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection of the State of Brandenburg – Commissioner of the State Government for Persons with Disabilities, for a review of the regulations and measures mentioned in the Accessibility Statement. The Enforcement Office reviews the legal validity of the contents of the submitted application and, in individual cases, orders a technical review of the website by the Brandenburg Monitoring Office for Web and Application Technology Accessibility.
The Enforcement Office as defined in Section 4 (3) BbgBITV has the task of settling disputes between people with disabilities and public sector bodies in the state of Brandenburg on the subject of accessibility in IT. The enforcement procedure is free of charge. There is no requirement for legal counsel to be involved.

Ministry for Social Affairs, Health, Integration and Consumer Protection of the State of Brandenburg – Commissioner of the State Government for Matters Relating to Persons with Disabilities | Enforcement Office

Henning-von-Tresckow-Straße 2-13, Haus S
14467 Potsdam
E-mail: Durchsetzung.BITMSGIV.Brandenburgde


Formal Approval of This Accessibility Statement

Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Dr. Peter Kostädt
E-Mail: ciouni-potsdamde

Potsdam, May 1, 2022