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- How to Request Accommodations
- Medical and Extenuating Circumstances Withdrawal
- Title IX (Gender-Based Discrimination)
- Financial Support for Disabled Students
- DRC Testing
- Declined Accommodation Student Appeal Process
How to Request Accommodations
Once you have become registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC), requests for accommodations must be submitted each quarter. We recommend you make your request for accommodations as soon as you have registered for classes. Students should request accommodations through MyDRC! For tutorials on using MyDRC, check out the MyDRC User Guide page! Please note: don’t forget to submit any additional accommodation forms (e.g. Alternative Media Request Form or Sign Language Interpreter Request Form)!
Also, be aware that some accommodations may require confirmation that you still need to use them once classes have started. Please check your BC Email regularly for updates and notifications from the DRC office or automated messages from MyDRC!
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.
- 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.
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 or contact them at.
Accommodations are possible for reporting, being involved with, or responding to a Title IX process; if you would like to discuss accommodations for working with Title IX, please contact whomever at the DRC you feel most comfortable with.
Financial Support for Disabled Students
Please visit the Financial Support for Disabled Students section on our Community Resources page.
The DRC Testing Center provides a safe, reliable, welcoming testing environment empowering students to self-advocate for their needs and possible testing accommodations while simultaneously safeguarding the integrity of the tests entrusted to us by faculty.
The DRC Testing Center is closed for Winter Quarter 2021.
We are providing some remote proctoring support for students while classes/offices are operating remotely. Please use the process outlined below to determine your need for remote proctoring with the DRC.
DRC Testing Hours
Currently, remote proctoring with the DRC is available during our office hours, from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday. All tests must be completed by 5 PM! Please let us know if you have extenuating circumstances which may warrant an exception.
DRC Testing will be unavailable on these days and times:
- Monday, January 18th – ALL DAY – Martin Luther King Jr Holiday
- Thursday, February 11th – ALL DAY – College Issues Day
- Monday, February 15th – ALL DAY – Staff Professional Development
- Tuesday, March 2nd – ALL DAY – College Professional Development
- Monday, March 22nd – ALL DAY – Student Success Day
Remote Test Proctoring and Scheduling your Testing Appointments
REMOTE LEARNING NOTE: While working remotely the DRC has very limited resources and availability for test proctoring and must prioritize student accommodations that cannot be provided in a remote learning environment by the instructor. It is very important to have a conversation with your instructor about your testing accommodations and their testing procedures to determine how best to provide for your accommodated testing. Below are the suggested steps for arranging testing during remote learning:
- Contact your instructor and discuss how your testing accommodations will be provided. In the remote learning environment instructors can easily provide most testing accommodations. This is dependent upon how instructors choose to administer their tests. Since there are many ways for instructors to administer tests remotely, the possibility of providing testing accommodations is best determined with a discussion between student and instructor.
- Complete the Student Alternative Testing Request Form. If your instructor isn’t sure how to provide an accommodation or you still have concerns about being provided your testing accommodations after this discussion, please complete the Student Testing Request form on the Remote Learning page of our website. Using the information you provide the DRC will either help support your instructor in providing testing accommodations in the remote learning environment or make remote proctoring directly available to you ourselves via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
- Webcam is required for tests proctored by the DRC. Additionally, all testing proctored by the DRC will be recorded in case of potential testing irregularities. These recordings will only be used in the event there is suspicion of an irregularity and will be deleted after three days if no concerns are raised. Depending on the testing method used by your instructor it may also be necessary for you to “share your screen” with the test proctor while testing.
- Schedule your Testing Appointments. In order to arrange proctoring and other accommodations we need tests to be scheduled at least 3 business days in advance – for example, a Monday test would need to be scheduled no later than the previous Wednesday. Preparing for some accommodations may require even more notice. Due to limited availability, same day test proctoring cannot be provided. All tests must be scheduled in advance.
- Respond to communication from the DRC and/or your instructor. This includes calendar invites the DRC may send you when scheduling your testing appointments. Check your Bellevue College email often! Sometimes remote proctoring requires more coordination than in-person proctoring and it is important that we receive timely responses to emails in order to appropriately support your testing experience.
- Familiarize yourself with our remote testing procedures. This process will be emailed once you have scheduled a testing appointment with the DRC. The DRC’s Remote Testing Procedures are also available to review so that you are aware of the process and can raise any questions prior to a testing appointment.
Once We Are Back on Campus
At this time the DRC and Bellevue College in general are planning on operating remotely through the end of Spring Quarter (June 25th). Please refer to the above Remote Testing policies for scheduling tests with the DRC until that time.
When we make the decision to return to on-campus operations and begin proctoring tests in person again, including if we decide to return to campus earlier than currently planned, we will send out emails to all students with testing accommodations with updated testing policies and procedures. Due to requirements for returning to on-campus operations it is likely that these procedures will be significantly different than those previously in place so we will be sure to thoroughly communicate those to our students, including updating our website.
A recent BC Tutoring study showed that students who go to tutoring on campus at least 5 times in a quarter (that’s just once every other week) are more likely to receive As and Bs in Math and English than students with less or no tutoring! Check out the various options BC has available for Drop-In Tutoring in the DRC and around campus.
DRC Drop-In Tutoring
DRC drop-in, in-person tutoring has been canceled while BC operates remotely. Please visit the Academic Success Center website for information about online tutoring options.
Online tutoring is available 24 /7 through the Online Tutoring Consortium.
Declining an Accommodation
Please see this document for the student appeals process regarding a declined accommodation:
Last Updated January 12, 2021