Glenbard Township High School District 87
Experiments Upon or Dissection of Animals
Experiments on living animals are prohibited; however, behavior studies that do not impair an
animal’s health or safety of an animal are permissible. The dissection of dead animals or parts of
dead animals shall be allowed in the classroom only when the dissection exercise contributes to or is a
part of an illustration of pertinent study materials. All dissection of animals shall be confined to the
classroom and must comply with the School Code.
Students who object to performing, participating in, or observing the dissections of animals are
excused from classroom attendance without penalty during times when such activities are taking
place. No student will be penalized or disciplined for refusing to perform, participate in, or observe a
dissection. The Superintendent or designee shall inform students of (1) their right to refrain from
performing, participating in, or observing dissection, and (2) which courses contain a dissection unit
and which of those courses offers an alternative project.
LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/2-3.122 , 5/27-14, and 112/1 et seq.
CROSS REF.: 6:40 (Curriculum Development)
ADOPTED: May 24, 1999
REVISED: January 8, 2001
REVIEWED: April 17, 2006