Animal Use In Courses Policy

Some majors-level courses and programs within the STEM Division require vertebrate dissection and/or the use of living animals. Unless required by a specific program, participation in dissection in nonmajors courses within the STEM Division is not mandatory. Alternatives to dissection will be provided where necessary. Please see individual catalog descriptions for courses that require participation in this activity.

Appeals Protocol to this Policy:

  • Objections to this policy will first be brought, in writing, to the Sciences Department Chairperson for discussion and a decision.
  • If this decision is not satisfactory, the individual may refer the objection, in writing within five business days, to the Associate Dean of the STEM Division for a decision.
  • If this decision is not satisfactory, the individual may refer the objection, in writing within five business days, to a committee composed of the Provost, one faculty member from the Sciences Department (other than the one teaching the course in question), and one Associate Dean (other than the Associate Dean of the STEM Division). The decision of the committee is final.