Guidelines for Passing a Student Choice Policy
You can pass a student choice policy in your school, school district or college. Here are some suggestions:
Put Your Request for a Formal Policy in Writing
Address your letter to the appropriate administrators, such as your teachers/ instructors, principal, science department head, school board director, or dean. Stress the need for a written agreement and the importance of informing students of their right to dissection alternatives. Be sure to list reasons a policy is needed, including ethical, financial and environmental arguments. (Click here for sample letter requesting a Student Choice Policy.)
Start a Petition
Collect as many signatures from other students, parents, and teachers as possible. The petition should be short and simple. For example:
“We request that school (or School District) institute a formal policy whereby all students are given, without penalty, the option of a non-animal alternative to dissection.”
Make an appointment to meet with your school administrators (such as a principal, science department head, school board director, or dean) or get on the agenda for the next school board meeting. Find out how long you will be allowed to speak and limit your remarks to your allotted time. However, make sure to take full advantage of the opportunity to make your opinion heard.
Prepare to Make a Formal Presentation Requesting a Student Choice Policy
Click here for a sample presentation.
When the student choice policy is approved, be sure it is formalized in writing and incorporated into existing curriculum guidelines and the student handbook.
Publicize Your Student Choice Policy
Contact school and local media (including newspapers, websites, TV and radio stations) to make sure that students are informed of their right to choose dissection alternatives.
Passing a Student Choice Policy – especially at the college level – requires persistence and tenacity. You may have to go through procedures such as contacting a Grievance Committee, the Board of Trustees, various student group leaders, professors, department heads, and others.
Take it one step at a time and address opposing arguments as they come up. We are here to assist you every step of the way with ideas, strategies, sample letters, presentations, and information on available alternatives. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-922-FROG (3764).