Closed captioning

Closed captioning is the process of displaying text on a television, video screen or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information, allowing the viewer(s) to understand the dialogue and action of a program at the same time.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is committed to providing accessibility and equal access to its information, programs, and activities, including ensuring effective communication through its technologies and web pages. VCU has adopted these Captioning Guidelines to facilitate effective communication with all persons and ensure compliance with federal and state law, protecting persons with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The following requirements for captioning provide information to administrators, employees, students and visitors about providing and accessing captioned media for any VCU program or activity.

VCU specific checklist


  • General public: Audio and audiovisual media intended for the general public must have appropriate captioning.
  • Course content: VCU encourages instructors to use captioned videos and audio recordings as a best practice for accessible course design and requires instructors to ensure that any videos or recorded audio materials are captioned or transcribed for a student requiring such accommodation and registered with the appropriate disability office (Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity on the Monroe Park Campus or Division for Academic Success on the MCV Campus).
  • Employee content: Captioning is required for media intended for use by any VCU employee who has a relevant accommodation agreement on file with the ADA Coordinator.