Working with minors and non-ֱ students

OURI has put together some helpful resources for faculty interested in working with students who may still be under the age of 18. We recommend all faculty start by reviewing ֱ’s Children in the Workplace Policy and ֱ's Volunteer Policy. Faculty and the students conducting research should also review the ֱ EH&S Policy on Minors in Research Laboratories or Animal Facilities. See the Office of Leadership Education and Development's Volunteer Policies page for more information about recruiting volunteers.

Faculty members must adhere to the following:

  • All faculty working with minors will need to initiate the Environmental Health and Safety Minors in the Lab Proposal outlined below
  • Faculty must complete the Child Labor Law Certification form and the Minor Certification form and send both of these to EMPL@fau.edu
  • Faculty also need to complete their own background check with Human Resources prior to initiating the Environmental Health and Safety Minors in the Lab Proposal to work with non-ֱHS minors. Note: For ֱHS students, faculty do not need to complete their own background checks with Human Resources prior to initiating the Environmental Health and Safety Minors in the Lab Proposal.

To determine which students are considered volunteers and which forms must be completed prior to having a student under the age of 18, please consider the following:

  • Is the student receiving course credit or financial compensation for their work?
    • YES:
      • These students are not considered volunteers and do not need to complete the ֱ Volunteer Registration form
      • Students (and mentors) will need to initiate the Environmental Health and Safety Minors in the Lab Proposal outlined below
    • NO:

Environmental Health and Safety Minors in the Lab Proposal

Faculty must: