Full Statute Name:  West's Oregon Revised Statutes Annotated. Title 30. Education and Culture. Chapter 337. Books and Instructional Materials. Animal Dissection. 337.300. Refusal to dissect animal; alternative materials or methods of learning

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Primary Citation:  O.R.S. § 337.300 Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  September, 2018 Date Adopted:  2005
Summary: This Oregon law allows a student in grade kindergarten through grade 12 to refuse to dissect any vertebrate or invertebrate animal. A school district that includes dissection as part of its coursework shall permit students to demonstrate competency in the coursework through alternative materials or methods of learning that do not include the dissection of animals. Further, a teacher may not discriminate against a student or lower the grade of a student for not participating in the dissection of an animal.

(1) A kindergarten through grade 12 public school student may refuse to dissect any vertebrate or invertebrate animal or the parent or legal guardian of a kindergarten through grade 12 public school student may refuse to allow the student to dissect any vertebrate or invertebrate animal.

(2) A school district that includes dissection as part of its coursework shall permit students to demonstrate competency in the coursework through alternative materials or methods of learning that do not include the dissection of animals. These alternative materials and methods may include but are not limited to:

(a) Videotapes, DVDs and CD-ROMs;

(b) Models;

(c) Films;

(d) Books;

(e) Computer programs;

(f) Clay modeling; and

(g) Transparencies.

(3) A kindergarten through grade 12 public school teacher may not discriminate against a student or lower the grade of a student for not participating in the dissection of an animal.

(4) A school district shall notify students who have dissection as part of their coursework and the parents and legal guardians of those students about the provisions of this section.

Credits

Added by Laws 2005, c. 460, § 1, eff. July 7, 2005.

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