Office of Research Ethics

For up-to-date information and guidance on requirements for conducting human participant research at Brock during stages of pandemic and recovery, visit Brock’s Coronavirus information web-page.

Brock University is committed to the responsible and ethical conduct of research.

The fundamental imperative of research involving human participants is encapsulated in three core principles: respect for persons, concern for welfare, and justice. To this end, Brock University endorses and adheres to the principles set out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans – TCPS 2 (2018) as approved and amended by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The Office of Research Ethics (ORE) is responsible for the ethical oversight of research involving human participants.

The Office provides centralized administrative and educational functions related to research ethics review. All human participant research conducted under the auspices and/or jurisdiction of Brock must receive ethics clearance from one of Brock University’s Research Ethics Boards (REB) prior to the start of the project.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE FUNCTIONING OF BROCK RESEARCH ETHICS BOARDS AND OFFICE OF RESEARCH ETHICS

The REB/ORE continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic situation. To keep up to date on the most recent guidance and requirements for research activities during stages of pandemic and recovery, please consult the research section of the coronavirus FAQ.

Principal Investigators (Faculty Supervisors) are responsible for keeping informed of, and complying with all Brock University COVID-19 risk-mitigation strategies and requirements for human participant research. In light of the prospect that provincial orders and public health guidelines may call for greater restrictions in the future, researchers are expected to create the conditions to safely reduce or cease activities on short notice in case COVID-19 conditions change.

APPLICATION AND REVIEW PROCESSES FOR HUMAN PARTICIPANT RESEARCH

At present, the REB/ORE is functioning at full capacity and does not anticipate any significant delays in processing new (delegated review) applications or renewals, although face-to-face meetings of the REBs have been cancelled. For files requiring full-board review, procedures will be determined on a case-to-case basis in consultation with researchers. We will advise researchers of any change to the usual processing time frame promptly, as necessary.

As of May 1, 2022, authorization from Associate Deans of Research (ADRs) is no longer required for in-person human participant research, conducted either on- or off-campus

Researchers can apply directly to the Office of Research Ethics by emailing submissions to reb@brocku.ca. Research Ethics applications must include an assessment of potential risks to participants, and detail risk-mitigation strategies implemented with respect to current pandemic conditions. This includes in-person, human participant research that was previously suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. Suspended projects cannot resume without new clearance from the REB.

Researchers wishing to start or relaunch research involving in-person interaction with human participants should consult the COVID-19 Guidelines and Considerations for Completing REB Applications for In-Person Research for guidance.

Note that as part of Brock’s COVID-19 risk mitigation strategy, all researchers, participants, and caregivers (where relevant) must:

This information must be reconfirmed by the researcher, at each study visit.

In accordance with Canadian guidelines and Brock policy, the REB may require modifications to research or suspend research where participant or researcher welfare is at stake.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR IN-PERSON, HUMAN PARTICIPANT RESEARCH CONDUCTED ON-CAMPUS

  • As of September 7, 2021, full vaccination against COVID-19 is required for all individuals involved in any in-person activities on campus/at Brock facilities. This mandate includes research participants
  • Those who meet specific and limited medical or human rights accommodation criteria, confirmed by the University, will be subject to rapid antigen testing and enhanced screening protocols. For information about research participants applying for an approved exemption, contact guestexemptions@brocku.ca

About Brock’s Research Ethics Boards (REBs)

Brock’s Research Ethics Boards (REBs) are empowered to ensure that all research involving humans conducted under the auspices or within the jurisdiction of Brock University is ethical, and is conducted in accordance with this policy. As such, a REB may accept, reject, or propose modifications to any proposed or ongoing research that is subject to REB review, pursuant to Brock standards. A REB also has the authority to suspend any ongoing research under its purview that is deemed to pose an unacceptable risk of harm to participants or in which the principal researcher has not complied with Brock University policies and procedures related to the ethical conduct of research involving humans. A decision of a REB to disallow research on ethical grounds, unless reversed on reconsideration by that REB, may only be reversed through the REB appeal process. Decisions shall be final and binding in all respects for any appeal of an REB decision.

The Brock University Office of Research Ethics (ORE) provides centralized administration associated with the REBs and the research ethics operation at Brock, and develops and delivers educational programs and materials to Brock students, staff, and faculty involved in human research.

Brock University has two Research Ethics Boards:

The Health Science Research Ethics Board (HREB) is responsible for ethics review and policy development related to research from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences including the following departments:

  • Health Sciences
  • Kinesiology
  • Nursing
  • Recreation & Leisure
  • Sport Management

The Social Science Research Ethics Board (SREB) is responsible for ethics review and policy development related to research involving human participants from all other Faculties:

  • Goodman School of Business
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Mathematics & Science
  • Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine & Performing Arts

Below is a list of the major forms and templates that may need to be completed before proceeding with research involving humans. For further information or if you have questions, contact reb@brocku.ca or call 905-688-5550, x3035.

Health Science Research Ethics Board

HREB MEETING SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2021 (all meetings are taking place virtually on Teams)

  • September 21
  • October 28
  • November 23
  • December 16
AgendasMinutesDecision Reports
July 2021 (cancelled)July 2021 (cancelled)July 2021
August 2021 (cancelled)August 2021 (cancelled)August 2021
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Social Science Research Ethics Board

SREB MEETING SCHEDULE FOR FALL 2021 (all meetings are taking place virtually on Teams)

  • September 14
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 14

*Applications for Full Board Review should be submitted 10 working days prior to a scheduled meeting

AgendasMinutesDecision Reports
July 2021 (cancelled)July 2021 (cancelled)July 2021
August 2021 (cancelled)August 2021 (cancelled)August 2021
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Health Science Research Ethics Board

HREB MEETING SCHEDULE FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2021 (all meetings are taking place virtually on Teams)

  • May (cancelled)
  • June 11
  • July 23 (cancelled)
  • August 26

Social Science Research Ethics Board

SREB MEETING SCHEDULE FOR SPRING/SUMMER 2021 (all meetings are taking place virtually on Teams)

  • May (cancelled)
  • June 23
  • July 21 (cancelled)
  • August 25

*Applications for Full Board Review should be submitted 10 working days prior to a scheduled meeting

Health Science Research Ethics Board

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Social Science Research Ethics Board

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Contact us

Office of Research Ethics

Lori Walker
Manager, Research Ethics
lwalker@brocku.ca

General Enquiries
reb@brocku.ca

Health Science Research  (HREB)

Chae Lynn Bush (covering for Carly MaGee, who is on leave)
Research Ethics Officer, Health Sciences (HREB)
cbush2@brocku.ca

Social Science Research  (SREB)

Alyssa Bax
Research Ethics Officer, Social Sciences (SREB)
abax@brocku.ca