Running Start Academic Policy

  • All Bellevue College courses will become part of the student’s permanent record. Only students have access to their own college grades and records. To obtain student’s grades or records, parents/guardians must have a student-signed release form completed by the student (available at the High School Programs Office).
  •  As an institution of higher education, Bellevue College welcomes the expression of diverse and opposing views that foster learning in a collegiate setting. This adult environment includes potentially uncomfortable viewpoints that challenge closely held beliefs. Instructors are not required to substitute assignments if the student chooses not to complete them. Students should review course syllabi in the division offices before deciding to enroll in a course.
  • Students are responsible for meeting all high school graduation requirements and for determining how high school and BC courses meet two-year and four-year college requirements. Students should see both their high school counselor and the BC educational planners for academic advising.
  • Running Start Students are responsible for the following at Bellevue College:
    1. All non-tuition costs; books and fees not covered by RS (fee waiver petitions are available)
    2. Tuition for credits in excess of 15 per qtr. and courses below 100 level (math/English courses)
    3. Transportation and parking fees (fee waiver petitions are available)
    4. Students who achieve less than a 2.00 quarterly GPA will be placed on academic probation. A student achieving less than a 2.00 GPA in any second quarter will no longer be eligible to participate in running start at BC.
    5. Reading all email and snail mail correspondence sent by the BC High School Programs office.
    6. Notifying us of email changes and all other contact information updates.
  • Students are responsible for arranging their college schedule so it does not conflict with their high school schedule, including finals during spring quarter. Finals will not be rescheduled and cannot be missed. College courses are offered in three 11-week quarters beginning in September, January and March/April.
  • Before changing your schedule you should consult with your high school counselor and BC advisor on whether the change may impact credit(s) earned and fees. Running Start students are not permitted to “Audit” a class. If a student wants to drop a class, s/he is responsible for officially withdrawing by the deadline posted in the quarterly schedule. If a student withdraws after the second week of the quarter a “W” grade will appear on the student’s college transcript and no credit will be earned. If a student does not officially withdraw before the deadline for a “W”, s/he will receive a failing grade on his/her permanent college transcript.
  • A student may participate in Running Start for a maximum of 6 quarters (3 qtrs 11th, 3 qtrs 12th), his/her eligibility terminating in the end of the 12th grade academic year. If the student starts their 12th grade year, they will be permitted 3 eligible quarters only.
  • It is required to communicate with the Director for High School Programs regarding any issues or concerns with classes and/or instructors. This is to ensure your rights as a student are protected and the proper protocol is followed.
  • We understand that information regarding my academic record at Bellevue College will be made available to the appropriate school district and/or college officials.