4550 Policy on Life Threatening Chronic or Debilitating Illness

Original Date: 5/10/1988 * Last Revision Effective: 4/21/2015
Policy Contact: Vice President, Human Resources


Bellevue College recognizes that students, staff, faculty, administrators and their dependents with life-threatening, chronic, or debilitating illnesses, including but not limited to cancer, heart disease and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), may wish to continue to engage in as many of their activities as their condition allows, including work and academic pursuits without being discriminated against.

As long as these students and employees are able to meet acceptable performance standards, and medical evidence indicates that attendance at Bellevue College is not a threat to themselves or others, the college will treat them the same as any other students and employees.

At the same time, Bellevue College seeks to provide a safe environment for students and employees. Therefore, precautions will be taken, as needed, to ensure that a student’s or employee’s condition does not present a health and/or safety threat to any other individuals on the campus.
Consistent with our concern for students and employees with life-threatening, chronic, or debilitating illnesses, Bellevue College will provide where appropriate, education and information on terminal and/or life-threatening illnesses through lectures, workshops and brochures, as well as referral to agencies and organizations which offer supportive services for life-threatening illness.

Revision History

Original 5/10/1988
Revisions 5/10/2005; 5/21/2009; 9/11/2012; 4/21/2015

Approved By

Board of Trustees
President’s Cabinet

Last Updated April 21, 2015