Security Clearance

ID Card Access

Researcher (info below)service/maintenance personnelCAR personnel and IACUC can be granted access using their MSU ID card to enter freely and unescorted to conduct research or care for animals. 

Visitor entry - Those without ID card access may be approved to enter a CAR-managed facility with an escort. 

Research Personnel/Investigator Access

There are several steps for accessing animal areas to ensure your safety, animal care and research integrity.

  1. Must have valid MSU Spartan ID.
  2. Must have all forms and approvals.
    1. Animal Use Form - PI's must authorize security requests for their staff and assure that personnel are authorized on applicable AUF(s)
    2. Occupational Health Questionnaire - completed/updated prior to orientation
    3. Building Security Access & Key Request form requires manager signature
    4. CAR management authorizes MSU Police to issue security privileges after orientation is complete
  3. Must have required training.
    Research personnel must have safety and animal care training. Check your training transcripts and complete any missing or outdated training:
    1. IACUC Tutorial online
    2. Biosafety Principles annual training certification
    3. Working within CAR for Rodent Users online training
  4. Must attend an in-person facility orientation. 
    1. Find & register for appropriate facility orientation in Events & Workshops calendar. (About housing assignments)
    2. Orientation includes introduction to the security system, overview of procedures for animal movement, notice of any hazards, and tour of facility.
    3. Bring the Access Request Form above signed by your supervisor to the orientation.
    4. Access to each additional facility requires orientation for that specific facility.

Consult Facility Manager Prior to Changes

After project start, the PI must contact the Facility Manager about:

  • additional or special husbandry needs
  • change to project
  • change in signage
  • change in contact information
  • adding or removing personnel from facility access list
  • project completion

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