All research involving humans, conducted by or with faculty, staff or students affiliated with Ryerson University must be reviewed and approved by the Ryerson Research Ethics Board (REB) prior to commencement of the study. Ryerson’s research policies including Senate Policy #51 (pdf) – Policy on Research Involving Human Participants – and research ethics procedures adhere to the federal guidelines of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2).
The Ryerson REB recommends that all prospective applicants register and take the TCPS online tutorial to become familiar with the TCPS2 guidelines. Registration and completion of the TCPS online tutorial is a requirement for all graduate students. Graduate students must complete the tutorial before submission of the online application for ethics approval.
No research involving human participants shall be undertaken without the prior approval of the Research Ethics Board (REB).
APPLICATION INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS
The Online Ethics Protocol Submission and Review System is a form-based web application system. Please note some of the basic features and constraints of the system:
- The system allows you to save your application and complete it at a later time.
- There are stated character limits for many fields.
- Documents may be attached to the system, so if responses exceed the stated character limits, refer to the document names of the attached files.
- Text may be copied and pasted into the application forms from other existing documents.
All applications for ethics review of research involving humans must be submitted via the Online Ethics Protocol Submission and Review System, which can be accessed through your my.ryerson account.
NOTE: The initial response time is typically five to six weeks from date of original submission.
Once you log into your MyRyerson account, you may access the system by selecting the "Online Ethics Submission and Review System" option, which can be found in the "Research Ethics" box under the "my.ryerson" tab.
For all graduate student applicants, the REB requires that protocols are first reviewed and approved by their faculty supervisors in all graduate programs.