Youth in UAF Labs

There have been several questions concerning minors (under the age of 18) in UAF labs, whether as student helpers or interns, volunteers, or working on their own school science projects. It is important for UAF employees to understand their responsibilities when they agree to mentor and provide lab space for a minor working in a UAF lab. The intent of these requirements is not to place prohibitive burdens on faculty and scientifically curious minors, but to:

  • Protect the minors from potential harm,
  • teach them good laboratory practice while protecting the university, and
  • protect individual(s) supervising the minors from the potential consequences of an incident, an accusation or a violation of law.