Human Research Protection Program

Access the MSU IRB Online System When Off Campus

MSU implemented changes to their network that impacted the ability for individuals off campus to access the MSU IRB Online Application System. These changes now require use of the MSU SSL Virtual Private Network (VPN) to connect to the MSU IRB Online Application System when not on the MSU campus.

Who Automatically Has VPN Access?

Regular faculty, full-time staff, retirees, trustees, and graduate students. This includes clinical and adjunct appointments, law professors, academic staff, medical students, and law students.

What if You Do Not Have VPN Access?

VPN access can be requested by a supervising staff/faculty member for individuals who have a NetID and a business need for VPN access. This means that a VPN access request is needed for on call or temporary employees, part time staff, undergraduate students, residents, and guest investigators.

What is the Process to Request VPN Access?

A faculty or staff supervising individual must submit a request through the IT Self Service Portal. Departments, colleges, and/or the principal investigator may have processes in place to identify who the faculty or staff supervising individual may be to request access to VPN. A NetID is needed to submit this request, along with a business purpose. Please note that this process is not part of the HRPP.

What If I Am A Guest Investigator Who Does Not Have a NetID?

If you are a guest investigator who needs access to the MSU IRB Online System and you do not have a NetID, a NetID must be requested. This is a separate process from requesting VPN access and must be done before requesting the VPN access. There are costs associated with obtaining and maintaining a NetID. Information about how to request a departmentally sponsored NetID can be found at: https://netid.msu.edu/other/index.html Please note that this process is not part of the HRPP.

How to Use the VPN?

VPN access is available at: https://vpn.msu.edu

Please note that software needs to be installed before you can log into the VPN. Individuals should consult with their department or college IT individuals on the installation of the VPN software. Installation may vary by operating system and administrator privileges may be needed to install the software on university equipment. Please visit the MSU ITS webpages for more information about how to use the VPN. https://tech.msu.edu/network/network-systems/firewalls-vpn/

If you are logging into the VPN through an access request, you need to choose the realm “CampusAD” in the drop down box when logging into vpn.msu.edu.

Questions about VPN Access?

If you need assistance or more information, please contact the MSU IT Service Desk at (517) 432-6200 or itserve@msu.edu.