Use of University Laboratory Facilities

University Policy 313, Use of University Laboratory Facilities

Executive Summary: 

This policy intends to avoid unnecessary loss or injury resulting from use of university laboratories by individuals who do not have appropriate training, supervision, or authorization.  Only those individuals authorized under this policy are permitted in specified university laboratories.

Purpose

University laboratories are provided to serve the instructional and research missions of the University. The purposes of this policy are to assure that University laboratories are used only in services of those missions and to avoid unnecessary loss or injury resulting from use of University laboratories by individuals who do not have appropriate training, supervision, or authorization.

Definition of "University Laboratories"

The laboratories subject to this policy are listed in Attachment A, which also designates the department chair or other official responsible for authorizing access to such laboratories.

Laboratories

The use of University laboratories for any purpose is limited to individuals in one or more of the following categories:

  1. Faculty members and instructors of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte including graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, using laboratories to carry out their teaching, research, or service obligations.
  2. Permanent and part-time employees, including work study students and part-time student workers, who perform duties in the laboratories related to the University’s mission.
  3. Students currently enrolled in courses at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte who are using laboratories to carry out work which is part of a course in which they are currently enrolled.
  4. Undergraduate or graduate students at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte who have received written authorization to carry out University-related work from the department chair assigned responsibility for such authorization.
  5. Any other person who has received the authorization of a department chair to use a particular laboratory.

The department chair’s written authorization shall specify:

  1. the particular laboratory,
  2. the duration of the authorization, and
  3. a ny special terms or conditions of use.

Any person who believes that one or more persons is using any University laboratory without appropriate authorization shall report the matter promptly to the chair of the affected department.

Revision History: 
  • Initially approved November 13, 2000
  • Updated February 17, 2014

Authority: Chancellor

Responsible Office:  Academic Affairs

Related Resources:  

Attachment A, Laboratories subject to this Policy