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- Request Accommodations Each Quarter
- Medical and Extenuating Circumstances Withdrawal
- Student Information Release Authorization (confidentiality)
- Title IX (Gender-Based Discrimination)
- Sign Language Interpreter Request Form
- Declined Accommodation Student Appeal Process
Request Accommodations Each Quarter
You may need to submit additional confirmation you are using certain accommodations. Please check your BC Email regularly for updates and notifications from us!
Medical and Extenuating Circumstances Withdrawals
Students can request withdrawals past the official deadline for medical situations due to disability and other extenuating circumstances, including difficulties resulting from the pandemic and racial inequities coming to light.
- Students who may need to withdraw due to medical or disability-related situations should review Enrollment and Registration’s Medical Withdrawal page. You can submit the appeal online or download a form to fill out hard copy; in either case you will also need to have a doctor fill out a Health Care Provider Verification Form [PDF].
- Other withdrawals should submit Enrollment and Registration’s Withdrawal Appeal in which you’ll have the opportunity to explain the reason for your appeal.
Please note the following when considering a withdrawal:
- Medical and extenuating circumstances withdrawal appeals can be submitted after a quarter ends.
- A ‘W’ appears on your transcript. This is a federal reporting requirement and cannot be removed.
- For students receiving financial aid, the DRC recommends checking in with Financial Aid before applying for any Withdrawal. Depending on the financial aid status of the student, there may be an impact to financial aid in which students may be required to appeal to continue their financial.
- For self-pay students, tuition will be reimbursed to the students with approved medical withdrawals. The DRC, upon request, may write a letter of advocacy on behalf of a DRC student. This is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Student Release of Information Authorization
Students, if you want us or another office to share your information with someone (including a parent or guardian), please fill out the Student Information Release Authorization. Read more on Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the law about student confidentiality.
Title IX (Gender-Based Discrimination)
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is an all-encompassing federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funds. Title IX is most commonly associated with gender discrimination in sports and is credited with advancing participation of women in athletics. However, the scope of Title IX is much more broad. It prohibits gender-based discrimination in all college programs and activities.
Title IX protection from discrimination extends to faculty, staff and students and includes such things as: sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, gender-identity and pregnancy. It also prohibits retaliation against anyone who makes or participates in a complaint. If you have a concern about what you or someone you know is experiencing gender-based discrimination, please visit Title IX’s website to find their contact information.
Accommodations are possible for contacting and working with Title IX; if you would like to discuss this, please contact whomever at the DRC you feel most comfortable with.
Why are we moving away from Kurzweil?
Previously we offered Kurzweil 3000 as an accommodation for students to use to access their textbook materials, in its place we have decided to adopt Read&Write. Read&Write is a huge step forward for all our students because it opens a variety of sources that you can use the text-to-speech tool with, as well as all the other built-in tools to help make studying and writing easier and more accessible.
Read&Write is an educational support tool that offers help with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments, and proofing written work. There is a desktop application available for Windows and Mac, with web extensions on Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari, as well as applications available on iPads and Android tablets! Read&Write’s text-to-speech capabilities can be used on web articles, PDF files, word documents, and a variety of other text sources.
Where To Download
To download Read&Write visit their website
- The page has a box that says “Try Read&Write” and by clicking on this box, you will be shown a drop down bar with links to download the style of Read&Write you would prefer
- Please note that once the download is completed, you want to select “Sign in with Microsoft” and input your Bellevue College information
Check out Drop-In Tutoring options.
More online tutoring is available 24 /7 through the Online Tutoring Consortium.
Sign Language Interpreter Request Form
Use this form to request an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter for an upcoming event, meeting, or appointment. Please be sure to complete and submit this form at your earliest convenience but no later than 2 business days before your event; the earlier you request an interpreter, the more time we have to make the proper arrangements.
This request form is to be used by:
- Deaf or hard-of-hearing DRC students as well as prospective students for virtually ANY meeting on campus (and case-by-case events off campus will be considered)
- Hearing students who have no affiliation with the DRC but wish to meet with either a DRC-enrolled Deaf or hard-of-hearing student, staff or faculty member
- Any college club who wish to have or require an ASL interpreter present for any college-wide public event
- Any Deaf or hard-of-hearing student that wishes to attend a Bellevue College event
It is strongly encouraged that the organizer of the meeting/planner of the event be the person or entity responsible to request an interpreter; this is to ensure the form is filled out to its best possible completion. In the event of the request being made by a BC club/organization, the club/organization putting on the event will be responsible for compensating for the cost of the interpreter(s) and should include their budget number on the Interpreter Request Form.
Declining an Accommodation
If we decline to approve an accommodation for you, you can appeal our decision. Please review the Declining an Accommodation Student Appeal Process.
Last Updated September 26, 2023