2500 Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Original Date: 9/1/1995 * Last Revision Effective: 6/5/2019
Policy Contact: Provost for Academic and Student Affairs

Policy

Bellevue College complies with all federal and Washington state laws and regulations related to serving students with disabilities. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act of 2008, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Washington State laws related to discrimination and disabilities, the college provides reasonable accommodations related to college programs and services to all students with a documented disability.  The college considers qualified students for the following:

  • academic accommodations;
  • auxiliary aids and service accommodations;
  • other accommodations as needed or required by federal or state law.

These include but are not limited to:

  • adjustment to application processes and deadlines, such as registration, financial aid, and due dates for assignments;
  • appropriate adjustment to classroom activities; testing and assessment; advising; housing programs; and other non-academic programs and services offered by the college.

Reasonable accommodations do not include attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use, or other devices of a personal nature.

Students seeking an accommodation must submit a request to the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and document the nature and extent of the disability in accordance with procedures 2500P. Medical- and disability-related records and documents submitted to the DRC or other campus departments are treated as confidential and protected student records subject to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) rules.

To help students with a documented disability achieve their academic and career goals, appropriate personnel may provide additional flexibility and adjustments to specific academic policies and procedures as described in 2500P.

Responsibilities

Disability Resource Center (DRC)

  • Documents and establishes appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities.
  • Coordinates services and accommodations for qualified students with disabilities requiring academic adjustments and auxiliary aids.
  • Acts as a student advocate and provides confidential services to assist disabled students in achieving their academic and career goals.

Associate Vice President of Human Resources

  • Compliance officer and campus contact for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Student

  • A person admitted to the college and registered for classes in a current or upcoming quarter.

Disability

  • A documented or perceived physical, mental or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, or an abnormal condition that is medically cognizable or diagnosable.

Relevant Laws and Other Resources

Revision History

Original 9/1/1995
Revisions 10/28/2003; 3/22/2005; 5/21/2009; 4/6/2015

Approved By

Board of Trustees

Last Updated June 10, 2019