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RESEARCH ETHICS

University research is governed by policies and practices that ensure the protection of research participants, researchers (faculty, students, and staff members), the university, and the public. These policies and practices cover research involving humans, the use of animals, controlled goods, and hazardous materials, among others.

Please note that research may not begin before all University approvals/certifications, institutional requirements, or governmental authorizations are obtained.

HUMAN ETHICS

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.

 

(REB) RESEARCHER GUIDELINES AND TEMPLATES

In an effort to assist researchers in understanding the principles that underlie the decision-making processes of the REB and to help researchers navigate the research ethics review system at Ryerson, the REB has developed explicit guidelines with information about our processes. The guidelines are written in a concise, step-by-step, easy-to-read format so that the information presented is accessible and not overly complicated. These guidelines present the norms that have evolved over time and are grounded in the principles and guidelines of the Tri-Council Policy Statement, the federal document for the ethical conduct of research involving human participants. Our guidelines are dynamic and will be amended as new issues arise.

The purpose of providing these to the Ryerson research community is to assist researchers in the development and completion of ethics protocols, and to enhance understanding of the kinds of issues that researchers need to address as well as the criteria that are used in our review processes, all in a manner that is as transparent as possible. Eventually, we will be able to provide complete guidelines covering the entire ethics review and approval process, from the completion of the protocol application to the completion of the final report and the closing of the protocol.

 

ETHICS GUIDELINES AND TEMPLATES

 

STUDENTS CONDUCTING RESEARCH

Any students wanting to conduct research must have a faculty supervisor. Graduate students must apply for ethics review through the same process as faculty researchers through the Online Ethics Protocol Submission and Review System, which can be accessed through your My.Ryerson account. Prior to submitting the online application for ethics approval, graduate students are required to register and complete the TCPS online tutorial.

Undergraduate Students as Researchers

The following documents describe the responsibilities of undergraduate students and faculty members in conducting undergraduate projects that involve research with human participants:

Students as Participants in Research

The following provides information for research involving student participants: