Sunday, February 06, 2005

New Draft Student Policy

From C. J.:

Has anyone read the new policy (still in draft form) concerning work

with students? This policy was drafted as a corrective action plan as
a result of the student injured by the laser last summer. They are
writing this up to describe the required training for students and
mentors. But I would particularly like to draw your attention to
sections 4.6.5 and 4.6.6 (I isn't a long document and if I
got these numbers wrong, it should still be easy to find). These
sections state that:

All LANL students doing work (and it is clear that they mean either
office or lab work) shall be supervised by their mentors or
equivalently-qualified staff members 100% of their time. Any mentor
who violates this policy is subject to disciplinary action.

In my 2.5 years at the lab, this is by far the dumbest thing I have
read yet! (And that is saying quite a bit given the advent of IWDs.)
So that means we have to supervise our students as the read their
email, go to the library, read articles, and write papers. What about
when we have uncleared students? That means that I need to relocate
outside the fence while they are here.

And what will all of this accomplish? Not a bloody thing! The
student who was injured with the laser was working WITH HER MENTOR
WHEN IT HAPPENED. That injury would not have been prevented. If this
policy is adopted (which, the plan is, that it will be finalized by
March some time), the end result will be that nobody will take on
students because upper management, in its infinite wisdom, has decided
that it can make things right by adding more paperwork and policies.

I encourage your readers to fight back on this one. Contact STB.
Contact HR. Contact your division leaders. But don't let this policy
be accepted!

Where can I read this policy? Is there a link to the draft version?
I don't have a link to the draft version. It was forwarded on to me by my division's student coordinator. You might want to contact STB, student programs, or HR to get a copy.
I hope this is changed, but who in good conscience recruit a student to come to LANL now anyway?
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