Volunteers & Minors

Summer is a great time for students to gain valuable laboratory experience through volunteering or internships. Because student volunteers and/or minors may be unaware of hazards and risks associated with working in a laboratory, Emory University policies require training before entering a lab.

Volunteers & Minors

How does Emory define “minors”?

According to Emory University policy 7.21, any person who is:

  • under 18 years of age and
  • not currently enrolled in an Emory University or Oxford College regular catalogue course or degree program.

Most high school students fall into this category.

How does Emory define “volunteers”?

According to Emory University policy 4.83, any person who offers a service or contributes knowledge and skills to the University without expectation of compensation. A volunteer is:

  • 18 years of age or older and
  • not enrolled in Emory University or Oxford College in a degree-seeking program or
  • not employed by the University (either full-time or part-time)

Note: Investigators at Yerkes should follow the specific process in place for volunteers and minors at Yerkes. Contact Maureen Thompson for more information at mthomp2@emory.edu.