Research involving humans
All research involving human participants conducted by faculty, staff, and students of Brock University, regardless of where the research is conducted or whether it is for academic publication or internal use must be reviewed by either the Social Science Research Ethics Board (SREB) or the Bioscience Research Ethics Board (BREB). This also applies to research conducted on Brock premises by researchers who are not members of the Brock community but wish to utilize Brock resources.
Research Ethics Office closed April 29 to May 1, 2015
Please note that the Research Ethics Office will be closed on Wednesday, April 29 to Friday, May 1. The Office will re-open on Monday, May 4. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Social Science Research Ethics Board (SREB) Chair at email@example.com or the Bioscience Research Ethics Board (BREB) Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Release of TCPS 2 (2014):
A revised version of the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) was released on December 18, 2014. TCPS 2 (2014) replaces TCPS 2 (2010) as the official human research ethics policy of the Agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).
Important notice regarding REB submissions
The Research Ethics Office has gone green! REB applications must now be submitted electronically (as PDF or Word attachments) to email@example.com, and include digital or scanned signatures. Alternatively, Principal Investigators (i.e., faculty only) may email REB applications with a note in lieu of signatures, provided that the application package is sent from their Brock University email addresses. Hard copies will not be accepted after January 1, 2015.
Important notice for graduate students
Starting January 1, 2015, all graduate students involved with human participant research projects are required to complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 CORE tutorial before commencing research.
- This applies to all graduate student investigators (including PhD students) completing an exit project (thesis, major research paper, dissertation etc.) that involves human participant research requiring Research Ethics Board clearance.
- It also applies to graduate students conducting course-based research, or working as research/laboratory staff, project managers, and research assistants, where they will be responsible for recruiting or interacting with human participants.
What is CORE?
- CORE stands for Course on Research Ethics. It is a free, self-paced, online tutorial featuring interactive exercises, and multidisciplinary examples. Developed by the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics, CORE consists of 8 modules and is designed for researchers and REB members to assist with the interpretation and application of the TCPS2. The tutorial does not have to be completed in one sitting as progress points are automatically saved allowing users to resume their session at another time. The length of time a person takes to complete the tutorial varies depending on how many examples and options they choose to explore but on average, completion takes three hours. While the tutorial includes quizzes, it is not a test or examination and there is no pass or fail assessment. CORE is mastery-based, providing a certificate of completion that can be printed.
Notes for faculty supervisors and course instructors
As mentors and role models to students, it will be the principal investigator’s (or faculty supervisor/course instructor’s) responsibility to ensure that graduate students conducting human participant research under their authority have completed the tutorial and adhere to the principles and requirements set forth in the TCPS2. While not mandatory, faculty members will be encouraged to take the tutorial in order to support their students.
- Upon submitting to either of Brock’s REBs, principal investigators/faculty supervisors will be required to identify, and list on their application, any graduate students (including RAs) involved in conducting the research. They will also be asked to attest that ethics education training has been completed by the graduate students. A copy of students’ certificate of completion from the CORE tutorial should be attached to the ethics application.
To obtain more information about what may require clearance please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Research Ethics Office.
For general questions regarding file status, dates and educational events, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions regarding undergraduate and course-based research, contact:
Research Ethics Officer
Call 905-688-5550 ext. 5182 or email email@example.com
For questions regarding graduate and faculty research, policy, and compliance, contact:
Lori Walker, Manager, Research Ethics
Call 905-688-5550 ext. 4876 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also drop by the Research Ethics Office in Mackenzie Chown, D Block, 250A
Due to the current volume of applications, researchers should anticipate a 20 (working) day turnaround time on delegated (minimal risk) reviews and plan project timelines accordingly. Expedited reviews will only be considered in exigent circumstances. For information on full-board reviews (greater than minimal risk), please contact the Research Ethics Office.
SREB Meeting Schedule for 2015
April 16, CAIRNS 207
May 19, MC D350 - L
June 9, MC D350 - L
BREB Meeting Schedule for 2015
April 15, CAIRNS 207
May 12, MC D350 - L
June 2, MC D350 - L
*Applications for Full Board Review should be submitted 10 working days prior to a scheduled meeting
REB Annual Reports