Sample Student Choice Policy
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.