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Accessibility statement of the campus management system (KLIPS) and the associated content (as of 31.12.2021)

The University of Cologne strives to make its campus management system (KLIPS) accessible in accordance with national legislation implementing Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council.

This statement applies to content published on the domain.

Testing of KLIPS is carried out continuously via random samples in accordance with the German „Verordnung zur Schaffung barrierefreier Informationstechnik nach dem Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz Nordrhein-Westfalen“ (BITVNRW).

Conformity can only be determined for individual pages. In order to make a statement on the conformity of the entire KLIPS across all (mobile) end devices and browsers, all individual pages belonging to the KLIPS would therefore have to be tested with different configurations. This is not practicable for extensive software products. However, testing a representative selection of pages, i.e. a selection of pages that covers as many potential barriers as possible, allows us to conclude on the accessibility of the system as a whole.

KLIPS is based on the CAMPUSonline system of the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) and was configured according to the requirements of the University of Cologne. The technical implementation and thus also the accessible design is the responsibility of TU Graz. The University of Cologne is dependent on the capacities and implementation possibilities of the Graz University of Technology for the optimisation of accessibility.

We are currently modernising KLIPS: Individual applications are gradually being adapted to the latest technologies and redeveloped. Consequently, the applications and pages are being optimised with regard to accessibility in the course of the new development. Old applications that do not yet meet the accessibility requirements will not be optimised for a foreseeable period of time until the changeover to the new application. We believe that fixing the accessibility problems with some old content would be disproportionate.

Compliance status

KLIPS is largely compatible with the BITV for new applications. New applications in particular are currently being implemented according to the requirements. Old applications are partially compatible with the BITV. Exceptions are listed below.

Non-accessible content

Parts of this website are not fully accessible, for example:

  • Despite all due care, words and sections of text may appear in another language and not be marked accordingly.
  • Accessibility cannot be guaranteed for generated or uploaded (PDF) documents.
  • For tables, especially in the old applications, the requirements are only partially compatible. There may be joined cells and cells not clearly identified in HTML.
  • Within mobile usage and lack of responsive design, hyphenation may occur due to the viewport of the end device.
  • Missing relations in input fields and labels can impair screen reader functionality.
  • The contrast of icons in old applications is not yet optimised.

We are currently working to remove the barriers as quickly as possible and are always striving to achieve a higher level of digital accessibility. We will update this page when issues are fixed.

An assessment report according to WCAG 2.1 can be found here (23 February 2021). 

The following applications are currently being modernised:

  • My Degree Programme,
  • My Calender,
  • Transcript of Records,
  • Student Files,
  • Recognitions,
  • Search,
  • Certificates,
  • Semester Fee,
  • Applications,
  • Student Dossier,
  • Re-Registration Block,
  • My Adresses und UCCard Image Upload.

Preparation of this Accessibility Statement

This statement was prepared on 31 December 2021. It was last reviewed and updated on 30 March 2022.

Feedback and contact information

If you find any problems on that are not listed on this page or you think we are not meeting the accessibility requirements please contact us. iI you have any questions on the subject of accessibility, please feel free to contact us via the contact form as well.

Ombudsman procedure

If you have not received a satisfactory response to communications or enquiries about accessibility within six weeks, you can call in the Ombudsman's Office for Accessible Information Technology. It is assigned to the Commissioner for the Interests of Persons with Disabilities in accordance with Section 11 of the North Rhine-Westphalia Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities Act. If you would like an ombudsman procedure, please fill out the corresponding application and send it to the ombudsman's office by post or e-mail:

Ombudsstelle für barrierefreie Informationstechnik des
Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen bei der Landesbeauftragten
für Menschen mit Behinderungen
Fürstenwall 25
40219 Düsseldorf