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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Many of the DRC’s rooms have a no fragrance policy. These include the conference room (where tutoring is held), B and C study/testing rooms, as well as B142 Testing Room located within the Testing Center. Please keep this in mind when you visit our office.
For further information, read BC’s official policy and procedures regarding “Accommodations for Students with Disabilities”. The Syllabus Each instructor develops a syllabus or course outline/roadmap which students typically receive the first day of class. Refer to the syllabus often; it is your guide to success. One purpose of the syllabus is to help you plan …more about Flexibility as an Accommodation
Definition The Department of Justice/ADA rule defines “service animal” as a dog or any animal that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. All students who bring a service animal to campus are encouraged to register with the Disability Resource Center; employees who …more about Service Dog Policy
If you are Deaf or hard of hearing, and you will require an interpreter or computer-aided real-time transcription (CART) services for your classes it is essential to request your accommodations at the DRC four to six weeks in advance. This lead time is important to securing qualified service providers in a highly competitive market for your …more about Deaf Student Guidelines
When Would a Tuition Appeal: Medical Withdrawal be Advisable? Please review the Enrollment Tuition Appeal: Medical Withdrawal Request Handout to review if this is an option for you. Generally, medical situations in which a Tuition Appeal: MW may be advisable may relate to the student and/or the student’s family, which includes parents/step-parents, siblings, children, spouse, …more about Medical Withdrawal Policy
Alternative Media is only provided for students who have this accommodation. If you feel you qualify for alternative media, please contact the DRC. Student Responsibilities It is the student’s responsibility to request alternative media under the following procedures. Materials may not be available if procedures are not observed. Students who have not met with the Assistive …more about Alternative Media Request Procedure
The term ‘test’ on this page refers to any quiz, test, or exam given in class, with the exception of Final Exams. Please skip to Final Exams for more information. Student Responsibilities It is the student’s responsibility to schedule individual tests under the following procedures. Faculty are not under any obligation to accommodate unless procedures …more about Alternative Testing Procedure
What is The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? The ADA is the civil rights law for persons with disabilities in the United States. It provides protection from discrimination for individuals on the basis of disability. The ADA extends civil rights protections for people with disabilities to employment in the private sector, transportation, public accommodations, services provided …more about The Americans with Disabilities Act, Federal & State Law
As part of the eligibility process, the student is responsible for providing documentation. The documentation must be a clear, objective medical/clinical evaluation of the disability. This evaluation must reflect the functional limitations the disability presents in the educational setting. Our Contact page explains how to submit documentation. We will look for the following information when establishing …more about Documentation of Disability