1550 Formal Hearing Rules for Contested Case Hearings

Original Date: 1/9/1990 * Last Revision Effective: 2/14/2024
Policy Contact: President


Bellevue College Policy 1550 was adopted as Chapter 132H-108 of the Washington Administrative Code on Monday, March 29, 2024.

Model Rules of Procedure

The model rules of procedure adopted by the chief administrative law judge pursuant to RCW 34.05.250, as now or hereafter amended, are hereby adopted for use at this institution. Those rules may be found at WAC 10-08. Other procedural rules adopted in this title are supplementary to the model rules of procedure. In the case of a conflict between the model rules of procedure and procedural rules adopted in this title, the procedural rules adopted by this institution shall govern. Rules adopted at this institution prior to July 1, 1989, remain in full force and effect unless specifically repealed or amended.

Appointment of Presiding Officers

The president or president’s designee shall designate a presiding officer for an adjudicative proceeding. The presiding officer shall be an administrative law judge, a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association, a panel of individuals, the president or their designee, or any combination of the above. Where more than one individual is designated to be the presiding officer, one person shall be designated by the president or president’s designee to make decisions concerning discovery, closure, means of recording adjudicative proceedings, and similar matters.

Method of Recording

Proceedings shall be recorded by a method determined by the presiding officer, among those available, pursuant to the model rules of procedure in WAC 10-08-170.

Application for Adjudicative Proceeding

An application for adjudicative proceeding shall be in writing, and signed by the applicant or the applicant’s representative. The application for an adjudicative proceeding should specify the issue to be decided in the proceeding. Applications should be submitted to the Office of the President in person or by mail at the following address: 3000 Landerholm Circle, S.E., Bellevue, Washington, 98007.

  • Written application for an adjudicative proceeding should be submitted to the above address within twenty days of the agency action giving rise to the application, unless provided for otherwise by statute or rule.

Brief Adjudicative Procedures

This rule is adopted in accordance with RCW 34.05.482-491, the provisions of which are hereby adopted. Brief adjudicative procedures shall be used in all matters related to:

  • Residency determinations made pursuant to RCW 28B.15.013, conducted by the admissions office;
  • Disputes concerning educational records;
  • Student conduct proceedings. The procedural rules in chapter 132H-126WAC apply to these procedures.
  • Parking violations. The procedural rules in chapter 132H-116 WAC apply to these proceedings;
  • Outstanding debts owed by students or employees;
  • Loss of eligibility for participation in institution-sponsored athletic events, pursuant to chapter 132H-400 WAC.


Discovery in adjudicative proceedings may be permitted at the discretion of the presiding officer. In permitting discovery, the presiding officer shall make reference to the civil rules of procedure. The presiding officer shall have the power to control the frequency and nature of discovery permitted, and to order discovery conferences to discuss discovery issues.

Procedure for Closing Parts of the Hearings

A party may apply for a protective order to close part of a hearing. The party making the request should state the reasons for making the application to the presiding officer. If the other party opposes the request, a written response to the request shall be made within ten days of the request to the presiding officer. The presiding officer shall determine which, if any, parts of the proceeding shall be closed, and state the reasons therefor in writing within twenty days of receiving the request.

Recording Devices

No cameras or recording devices shall be allowed in those parts of proceedings which the presiding officer has determined shall be closed pursuant to WAC 132H-108-410, except for the method of official recording selected by the institution.

Revision History

Original 1/9/1990
Revisions 3/22/2005; 5/21/2009; 2/5/2015; 2/14/2024

Approved By

Board of Trustees

Last Updated April 12, 2024