A. Safety Policy: The general safety policy and working alone policy is posted in each room. All users are strongly advised to read and understand this policy and become familiar with the emergency procedures.
B. The AMF is primarily a departmental facility. The AMF is also open to external users within the University and to private industry. Individuals may use major installations either independently or with the assistance of the staff. All individuals must be trained before using microscopes independently. The AMF conducts training sessions on a routine basis. Trained faculty, staff and graduate students have 24/7 access to the facility and the entrance to the Unit is swipe card controlled. The instruments must be booked in advance and signup sheets are available in the Unit for each major installation.
C. Prioritization of Use: Access to the equipment is prioritized. All onsite users have the highest priority over offsite users. Offsite usage will be limited to 25% of the instrumentation time/week at the discretion of the Facility Manager.
D. Booking: A) For major instruments, unless required by the experiment and approved by Facility Manager, a single user cannot book more than a 3 consecutive hr/day. B) The user may continue for more than 3 hrs if there is time available on that instrument. C) Cancellation must be done at an earliest convenience. There will be no charge if the booking is cancelled 24 prior to booked time. A cancellation within 24hrs, or due to sickness, experiment failure, will result in a 1hr charge to the lab involved. No show-up without any explanation prior to the booking will be charged for the whole booking period.
E. Data Storage: The AMF is not responsible for any data backup or data loss due to instrumentation/software failure. Users must backup their own data on their own computer via a plug-in external hard drive, or by burning to a CD. Any data sets left on the MU computers older than 2 weeks, will be subject to deletion without warning. The Facility has several CD writers