School Policies

Policy of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity

Seattle Vocational Institute (SVI), Seattle Central College and Seattle Colleges do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, disability, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or age in its programs and activities.

Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the college's Title IX/RCW 28A.640 officer, Jennie Chen, at and/or Section 504/ADA coordinator.

Authority: WAC 132F–148–010, Public Law 101–336, American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, 29 CFR Part 37

Policy of Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

SVI does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment, or employment in its programs or activities. The Executive Director of SVI, the Compliance Officer, located in the Administration Office (room 206) on the second floor of the SVI building, has been designated to coordinate compliance with the non-discrimination requirements contained in section 35.107 of the Department of Justice regulations. View or download the SVI Disability Policy (pdf). Information concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the rights provided by the Act are available from the ADA Coordinator. You may file an official complaint by downloading, filling out and turning in an SVI Complaint Report (pdf).

Disability Support Services

SVI provides support services to help students with disabilities meet their educational needs.Students with special needs are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Services office prior to registration and present certified documentation to help determine what services are needed. Support services include advocacy, audiological referral services, counseling, interpreters, notetakers, readers, consultation with faculty and special testing accommodation. Students with physical disabilities such as blindness, deafness and wheelchair users can qualify for this accommodation. Adaptive Equipment for students with special needs may be available upon request from the Disability Support Services office at Seattle Central College in Room BE1147. Arrangements can be made through the Student Assistance Office at SVI.

Confidentiality of Records

In order that students are protected against improper disclosure of their records, the Seattle Colleges District has adopted procedures in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended in November 1996 by the Improving American Schools Acts of 1994. FERPA applies to all schools which receive funds from the U.S. Department of Education and is designed to protect the privacy of a student’s educational records and assure the rights of a student to view his or her educational records upon request. Information about Seattle Community Colleges students is collected, maintained and used to meet the college’s educational objectives. These rights begin with the first day of class and extend to all former students. Contact the Registration Office, 206.934.4980.

Student Progress Policy

The Washington State Legislature passed legislation in 2003 requiring all of the state’s public colleges and universities to develop policies to ensure that students complete degree and certification programs in a timely manner. In response to this mandate, the Seattle Colleges formalized its policy on minimum grade point average and added components to address the amount of time students can take to complete their programs.

What does the policy say?

Briefly, the Student Progress Policy (district policy 311) says that students are expected to make satisfactory progress while enrolled at the Seattle Colleges. Satisfactory progress means that students are passing and completing their coursework and educational programs.

What happens if a student does not make satisfactory progress?

Students enrolled at SVI campus who meet any of the following criteria will be contacted by college personnel:

  • Students who do not maintain a 2.0 grade point average and 91 percent attendance.
  • Students who have a pattern of not successfully making up attendance deficiencies by the mid point of the subsequent quarter.
  • Students who have taken more than 125 percent of the required quarters to complete their program.

Program Administrators will work with students to develop an educational plan and identify strategies and resources tailored to individual needs and circumstances.

How will the students know if they are in violation of a student progress standard?

Students who are in violation of one or more student progress standard will receive a letter from the college: it will be sent to the home address that is on record with the college registration office. The letter will explain what the the student needs to do and resources that are available to help the student meet the student student progress standards in the future.


Learn more about the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).