Policies & Guidelines

The DRC maintains updated information on policies and guidelines to help guide students, staff, faculty and interested community members through the accommodations process in terms of our legal and, more importantly, ethical responsibilities to provide equal access and the very best services possible. If you have questions or need clarification on any of the information provided on this page, please contact us.

Commitment to Accommodation

No student shall, on the basis of his or her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subject to discrimination under any college program or activity.”

For further clarification of the guidelines related to student disability accommodations please review Bellevue College Policies and Procedures and/or contact the DRC.  The BC Accommodations Policy states:

Bellevue College is committed to providing each qualified student with a disability equal opportunity in accessing the benefits, rights, and privileges of college services, programs, and activities. These will be provided in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Washington Law Against Discrimination, RCW 49.60, and RCW 28B.10.910, .912, and .914.

This is Bellevue College’s commitment to providing equal opportunity in accessing the benefits, rights, and privileges of college services, programs, and activities for every qualified student with a disability. The college is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. These will be provided in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Washington State law.

Eligibility

Eligibility is defined by the The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is determined based on documentation. The ADA defines eligible persons as: “any person who (A) has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s major life activities (B) has a record of such impairment, or (C) is regarded as having such an impairment.”

Confidentiality

Information regarding your disability is considered confidential. This information will not be released to anyone without your written permission. Bellevue College complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) which establishes that the educational records of students attending or having attended the college are confidential and can be released only with written permission of the student. The college has adopted procedures to implement the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Questions pertaining to the procedures and their implementation should be directed to the Dean of Student Services.

Grievance Process

Any student who believes that he or she has been discriminated against may file a formal discrimination complaint with the ADA Compliance Officer. Bellevue College has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for the equitable resolution, within a reasonable time, of complaints by students with disabilities alleging violations of their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students also have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and/or seek other legal remedies under state and federal law. The Department of Education requires complaints of discrimination to be filed within 180 days of the last known incident of discrimination. For further information regarding external complaint mechanisms, please refer to RCW 28B.10.910 through RCW 28B.10.914 and the Washington Law against Discrimination, RCW 49.60. Additionally, complaints can be registered with the Office for Civil Rights, since the OCR is the regulating entity over Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.