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Accessibility Statement

Philipps-Universität Marburg strives to provide barrier-free access to its website in compliance with the Hessian Equality for Disabled Persons Act (HessBGG) and the Hessian Directive on Barrier-Free Access to Information Technology (HVBIT), which is intended to enable the implementation of the Directive (EU) 2016/2102.

This declaration on digital barrier-free access applies to the mailing-list-server of Philipps-Universität Marburg which uses the software "Sympa" and is available at

Present State of Compatibility with Regulations

The regulations result from § 3 paragraphs 1 to 4 and § 4 of the HVBIT, which was issued on the basis of §14 of the HessBGG. The verification of compliance with the regulations is based on an Accessibility Review of Sympa on September 25, 2023 by The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Technology Services Accessibility Testing team, see Sympa Repository.

Non-Barrier-Free Content

Based on the review, this website, including its mobile web views, is partially compatible with the aforementioned regulations due to the following exceptions.

Incompatibility with HVBIT

The content listed below is inconsistent with Section 3 (1) of HVBIT and is not barrier-free for the following reasons:

  • Not all rendered content is placed inside of container elements with appropriate landmarks
  • Not all landmarks are uniquely labled
  • Not all lables using the FOR attribute reference a form control
  • Not all header cells in tables use the HEADERS attribute
  • Menues open immediately on keyboard focus
  • Clear visual focus indicator is missing
  • On access of navigation menu the focus goes back to top bar
  • Text fields miss clear labels
  • Date picker in calendar is not keyboard accessible
  • Largely enhanced text is cut off on the window margin


The mailing-List-software "Sympa" is developed and maintained by a community of volunteers. It is widely used and permanently evolving. Changes and corrections have to be applied by the developers, possible corrections on our side are largely limited.


  • The named problems are investigated by the Sympa-developers.
  • Solutions will be implemented in the newest version of Sympa.
  • The newest version of Sympa will be installed as soon as it is available for our System Environment.
  • Local patches for immediate problems will be applied if possible.

Preparation of this Declaration on Barrier-Free Access

This declaration was prepared on March 15, 2024 and was last reviewed and updated on March 15, 2024.
Audit methodology: self-assessment and external use of an Automation Tool Evaluation using AInspector and Siteimprove Accessibility Checkers, see Sympa Repository.

Feedback and Requests on Barrier-Free Access

Philipps-Universität Marburg is taking steps to ensure that existing barriers are removed. If you come across barriers while using the website, you can report them via the link "Report Barriers" located in the footer of the site. Or you can contact us by email at with mention of the problem as well as a link to the affected page.

Enforcement Procedures

Philipps-Universität Marburg always endeavors to answer your inquiries within six weeks. If no satisfactory solution has been found even after your feedback to the above contact, you can call in the Enforcement and Monitoring Agency, Barrier-Free Information Technology Department. After a period of six weeks, you have the right to contact the Enforcement and Monitoring Agency directly. With the involvement of all parties, the ombudsman's office tries to determine the circumstances of the lack of barrier-free access so that the carrier can remedy it.

Responsibility for enforcement procedures lies with

Durchsetzungs- und Überwachungsstelle Barrierefreie Informationstechnik
Hessisches Ministerium für Soziales und Integration
Sitz: Regierungspräsidium Gießen

Prof. Dr. Erdmuthe Meyer zu Bexten
Landesbeauftragte für barrierefreie IT
Leiterin der Durchsetzungs- und Überwachungsstelle
Landgraf-Philipp-Platz 1-7
35390 Gießen

Telefon: +49 641 303 - 2901

Enforcement request (German)

Further Information and Assistance

The Service Center for Students with Disabilities (SBS) der Philipps-Universität Marburg can be contacted by email at

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