ANIMALS IN EDUCATION

Sample Student Choice Policy

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An effective Student Choice Policy should include the following provisions:

    • Alternatives will be made available in all classes that use live (or once-living) animals. Animal use includes, but is not limited to: dissection, live animal experiments, insect collections, or any classroom activity that involves animals or their body parts.
    • Students will not be penalized in any way for voicing their objections to dissection or for requesting an alternative.
    • At the beginning of each term, the teacher/instructor will inform all students of their right to use an alternative to dissection/animal use.
    • The alternative assignment will require the same amount of time and effort as the dissection exercise and should be limited to the same academic aim.
    • The instructor, not the student, is responsible for proposing the alternative assignment.
    • Alternatives will not include watching another student dissect, taking a lower grade, dropping the class, or changing majors.
    • The testing procedure will not require the use of dissected specimens for those who choose an alternative.
    • The school administration will monitor and ensure implementation of the Student Choice Policy.
    • The Policy will be incorporated into existing curriculum guidelines and the student handbook.
 
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Fax: (312) 427-6524
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© 2013 National Anti-Vivisection Society is a
501(c)3 non-profit organization