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Sample of a Model Student Choice Policy176

Rationale • There is a segment of the student body whose religious, ethical, or personal belief systems prohibit them from dissecting, vivisecting, or otherwise using a vertebrate or invertebrate animal in their educational pursuits.
• Initiatives to diversify the university student body are increasing the number of students whose religious, ethical, or personal beliefs compel them to request alternatives to dissection, vivisection, or other vertebrate or invertebrate animal use.
• Students should be provided alternatives to dissection, vivisection, or other vertebrate or invertebrate animal use, which do not conflict with their belief systems.

Policy Recommendations A. Undergraduate Courses
1. Any and all undergraduate core curriculum, specialty, or elective classes requiring students to dissect, vivisect, or otherwise use an invertebrate or vertebrate animal must allow alternatives to students who request them, without penalizing the student.

2. The university shall make this information readily available to these students at the time of priority registration:

a. If alternative assignments will be provided for students who request them or if students are responsible for securing their own alternatives;
b. If there is a process for requesting or securing alternative assignments;
c. What alternative assignments are acceptable substitutes for the vertebrate or invertebrate animal dissection, vivisection, or use.

B. Graduate Courses
1. In all graduate courses involving vivisection of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, alternatives should be allowed for students who request them.

a. If vivisection is a required part of the graduate course, and a suitable non-animal alternative cannot be found by the student, departments and faculty are required to locate and procure ethically-sourced vertebrate or invertebrate animals that are not harvested for the purpose of dissection or due to pet overpopulation.
b. Students requesting an alternative to vivisection in graduate courses which no suitable non-animal alternative can be found must also be afforded the accommodation of alternative activities that are beneficial and not harmful or terminal to the animal.

2. In all graduate courses involving the dissection of vertebrate and invertebrate animals, alternatives should be provided for students who request them. If dissection is a required part of the graduate course, and no suitable non-animal alternative can be found, departments and faculty are required to locate and procure ethically-sourced vertebrate or invertebrate animals that are not harvested for the purpose of dissection or due to pet overpopulation.

C. Requesting an Alternative
Students requesting an alternative to dissection, vivisection, or other vertebrate or invertebrate animal use should ask their instructor to use an alternative.

1. Requests to instructors should be made in writing.

2. Requests should be made by the end of the second week of class.

3. Instructors should consider such correspondence from students confidential.

D. Transparency of Policy
The written Student Choice Policy informing students of the availability of alternatives for courses requiring dissection, vivisection, and other uses of vertebrates should be provided in writing on the student center web page.

1. If a school or department requires students to dissect, vivisect vertebrate or invertebrate animal in courses, information about the procedure and time requirement or requesting an alternative should be made transparent on the department’s or school’s webpage.

2. If a course requires students to dissect, vivisect, or use a vertebrate or invertebrate animal, the procedure and time requirement of requesting an alternative should be made conspicuous on the course syllabus.

175See University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign policy.
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