Educational Mentorship Procedure to accompany the Minors in Lab policy
Educational mentorship procedure:
- A faculty member must sponsor the minor. The faculty member’s department chair must
approve the proposed project description and plan prior to the minor’s first visit to the lab,
research facility, studio, or shop.
- The faculty sponsor must complete a supervision contract describing the activities the
minor will perform and obtain signatures from the principal investigator/faculty lab director,
direct supervisor of the minor, and department chair. The completed form is kept on file
with the relevant laboratory safety plan and department chair.
- The faculty sponsor (“Faculty or Staff with direct supervision”) must provide orientation to
the laboratory safety plan for the minor. At a minimum, training must cover the contents of
the plan, relevant protocols (e.g., IBC, IACUC, IRB, GS chemical hygiene plan), and
relevant procedures and protocols for the specific work the minor will perform, with
specific examples of safe work practices (correct handling procedures; required personal
protective equipment). Training documentation must be maintained in the laboratory
safety plan and with the department chair.
- The minor and his/her parent or legal guardian must sign the GS release from liability
and consent to emergency medical treatment and release of records. These forms are
kept on file with the relevant laboratory safety plan and department chair. One copy of the
signed forms must be readily available in an emergency, so medical personnel can
quickly see the minor’s consent to medical treatment.
- A designated, trained, and knowledgeable university employee must directly supervise
minors in the laboratory at all times.
- Whenever possible, minors will seek secondary school and/or college credit for their
Last updated: 6/25/2020