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Declaration on Barrier-Free Access

Philipps-Universität Marburg strives to provide barrier-free access to its website in compliance with the Hessian Directive on Barrier-Free Access to Information Technology (HVBIT), dated 16th September 2019, which is intended to enable the implementation of the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 issued by the European Parliament and the European Council, as well as conforming to the Hessian Equality for Disabled Persons Act (HessBGG).

This declaration on barrier-free access applies to Philipps-Universität Marburg’s new web presentation which is available at and, but not to the old website nor to any other websites which are not available in the University’s Central Content Management System (CMS).

Present State of Compatibility with Regulations

On account of the following exceptions, this website, including its mobile web views, is partially compatible with the Hessian Directive on Barrier-Free Access to Information Technology (HVBIT), dated 16th September 2019, and the Directive on the creation of barrier-free information technology in compliance with the Hessian Equality for Disabled Persons Act (Barrier-free Information Technology Directive – BITV 2.0).

Non-Barrier-Free Content

  • Alternative texts for images, graphics and maps are partially missing.
  • Links are sometimes unintelligible.
  • The headline hierarchy is only partially adhered to.
  • Some charts are not correctly displayed or are inserted in order to position contents.
  • Some lists only have one entry or are not correctly described.
  • Not all documents (e.g. PDF-files) are presented in a barrier-free form.
  • The start page provides no information in German sign language, nor in easy-to-understand language.
  • Some pages do not exist as monolingual pages.


Philipps-Universität Marburg operates a very comprehensive and diverse web presence which is compiled by over 1,200 CMS editors. Therefore omissions in the area of barrier-free access cannot be totally excluded.

The web presence makes available a large number of documents (file formats for office use, e.g. PDF-files), most of which were created before 23.09.2018. In view of the quantity of these documents, it has not yet been possible to convert them. However, we are making every effort to transfer them gradually into a barrier-free format. Some documents were made available by third parties and are not available in barrier-free form.

Preparation of this Declaration on Barrier-Free Access

This declaration was prepared on 27.08.2020.

Audit Methodology: self-assessment

The declaration was last reviewed on 27.08.2020.

Feedback and Contact Details

Philipps-Universität Marburg is taking steps to ensure that existing barriers are removed. If you come across barriers while using the website, please inform us of the problem per email ( and include a link to the page in question. Suggestions as well as inquiries concerning the implementation of barrier-free access can also be submitted using this email address.

Enforcement Procedures

Philipps-Universität Marburg always endeavours to answer your inquiries within six weeks. If you do not receive a reply, or if it is not satisfactory, then you are entitled to consult the Enforcement and Monitoring Agency, Barrier-Free Information Technology Department, at the Regional Council of Giessen.

Responsibility for enforcement procedures lies with

Landesbeauftragte für barrierefreie IT
Prof. Dr. Erdmuthe Meyer zu Bexten
Leiterin der Durchsetzungs- und Überwachungsstelle
Regierungspräsidium Gießen
Neuen Bäue 2
35390 Gießen

Tel.: +49 641 303-2901
Fax.: +49 611 32764 4036
Link to the web presence

Further Information and Assistance

Philipps-Universität Marburg placed a high priority on the incorporation of web standards for barrier-free access in the development of its new web presence. This development was supported by external specialist know-how. Accompanying measures also included and continue to include training for CMS editors as well as taking barrier-free access into account in internal editorial guidelines.

The Service Centre for Disabled Students (Servicestelle für behinderte Studierende (SBS) der Philipps-Universität Marburg) can be contacted by email at

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