Westfield State plans to resume its traditional, on-campus schedule for fall 2020. Given the ongoing uncertainties related to COVID-19, we believe it is also prudent to develop contingency plans. Updates will be communicated as they become available.×
Biology majors enrolled in an Independent Study (BIOL 0399) have the opportunity to go through extra laboratory safety training and earn the ability to work alone and gain keycard access into the research lab during normal working hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm).
Students who are interested in working alone in the research lab need to:
- Read through the Research Lab Working Alone Guidelines to get an understanding of the responsibilities and restrictions
- Complete the Research Laboratory Access Approval Form with your Faculty Advisor. The syllabus for your independent study can be referenced in the answers. You and your advisor must sign the approval form and then submit it to the department chair.
- Contact the Chemical Hygiene Officer, Jamie Herrick, to schedule Lab Safety Training.
- Pass the Lab Safety Test.
- After training with your Faculty Advisor, read and sign the Laboratory Safety Agreement.
- Complete the Student Research Laboratory Access Checklist. Confirm that all of the requirements are met.
- Submit all of the completed forms to Jamie.
Once all of the completed documents have been completed and approved, a work order will be submitted to set up your Student ID with lab access.
Research Lab Working Alone Guidelines (for students and faculty)