Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Docs Ask Feds to Probe Use of Live Animals at USC Med School

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Docs Ask Feds to Probe Use of Live Animals at USC Med School

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School's use of live animals draws scrutiny

The emergency-medicine training program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine violates federal law by using live animals, according to a complaint filed Thursday by a doctors group that seeks alternatives to using animals in medical education and research.

In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine claimed that the institution is violating the federal Animal Welfare Act. In a training program at its campus in Columbia, S.C., the group said, the medical school instructs trainees to cut into live pigs to insert needles and tubes, and to spread the ribs to access the heart. After the training session, the animals are killed.

The letter is the result of a 2-year attempt by the group to get the medical school to change its practices, according to Dr. John Pippin, director of academic affairs for the Physicians Committee.

University says training is not anti-white * A public university in New York says the #StopWhitePeople2K16 used as the title of a recent training session was chosen for its irony and the session about diversity wasn't anti-white.

A Binghamton University administrator issued an explanation Wednesday as the title and criticism of it made the rounds on social media. The optional, one-time session this month was organized by three student resident advisers as part of a training program for other RAs.

Student Affairs Vice President Brian Rose said its purpose was to facilitate a discussion around issues of diversity, an effort he supports, and that the organizers borrowed the session's title from a familiar Twitter hashtag.

Rights complaint targets school discipline * Attorneys filed a civil rights complaint with the U.S. Department of Education on the behalf of two black students in Richmond Public Schools in Richmond, Va., alleging the district's discipline practices which push hundreds of black students out of classrooms as punishment for bad behavior are discriminatory. …

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