Do You Have a Non-Emory Individual Participating in Research Laboratory Activities?

New guidelines for volunteers in research laboratories were established in Fall 2021.

Please review the following Requirements for Joining an Emory SOM Lab to determine whether you should complete the Non-Emory Research Affiliates Registration Form 

Emory College of Arts and Sciences (ECAS) has adopted similar guidelines to those published by School of Medicine (SOM).  

Emory defines volunteers as individuals who participate in activities for public service, religious, or humanitarian objectives without compensation who freely forgo all forms of support typically provided to employees of an institution. The Federal Labor Standards Act (FLSA) uses this as the definition of a volunteer.  In support of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to promote an equitable environment, volunteers are not permitted in SOM Labs. In addition, as unpaid interns are subject to strict FLSA labor laws and liability issues (including not being covered by Emory insurance), unpaid interns are not permitted in SOM labs. In either case, it is permitted to pursue a hire through Human Resources (HR) or Emory Temporary Services (ETS). 


*Volunteers are not permitted in Emory research laboratories. EHSO’s former Volunteers and Minors Registration Forms are no longer accepted and have been removed from our website. 



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