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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


Appendix K: POLICY ON PARTICIPATION BY STUDENTS IN CLASS EXERCISES THAT INVOLVE ANIMALS

Students who are concerned about the use of animals in teaching have the responsibility to contact the instructor, prior to course enrollment, to determine whether animals are to be used in the course, whether class exercises involving animals are optional or required and what alternatives, if any, are available. If no alternatives are available, the refusal to participate in required activities involving animals may result in a failing grade in the course. Departments including courses where animals are used must actively inform students of such courses, including, but not limited to, notices in the Catalog.

The University of Maryland, College Park campus, affirms the right of the faculty to determine course content and curriculum requirements. The University, however, also encourages faculty to consider offering alternatives to the use of animals in their courses. In each course, the instructor determines whether the use of animals in the classroom exercises will be a course requirement or optional activity. The following departments have courses that may require animals to be used in class activities: Animal and Avian Sciences, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, Psychology, Veterinary Medicine, Biology, and courses with the NFSC prefix.
 

Committee on Academic Procedures and Standards
April 27, 1990

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