Harvard Settles Suit Over Video Captions

  • Harvard University has reached a settlement in the suit involving the institution’s failure to provide accurate closed captioning on course videos and audio.
  • The suit was filed by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) alleging that Harvard’s website and online courses were not as inclusive of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals as required.
  • NAD said the closed captions were missing or inaccurately transcribed, and Harvard violated the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.
  • The settlement requires that Harvard must provide captions for content existing up to January 2019 and offer captions for events that are streamed live online. The settlement only applies to content that is created by the university itself.
  • Harvard previously tried to dismiss the suit in 2016, but the judge denied the request