Research Ethics

Thinking about doing research at St. Mary’s University? The Research Ethics Board (REB) is here to support and promote research and ethical thinking as symbiotic and continuous processes. The StMU REB follows national guidance provided by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS-2, 2014). You can find our own REB Policy farther down this page.

If you plan on submitting an application to the StMU REB please note that applications will ONLY be accepted on the 3rd Monday of every month (should StMU be closed on such a Monday the deadline will instead be that Tuesday). Applications received after 4pm on the monthly deadline will not be considered until the next deadline. Furthermore, applications that are incomplete or unclear will be returned to the applicant without review.

Due to Covid-19 the StMU will only accept digital applications. Applications must be emailed to Dr. Scott Lovell, Chair of the REB at scott.lovell@stmu.ca. In your email you must attach your application as a SINGLE Word document (electronic signatures are accepted). You may attach up to two additional supporting documents (e.g., Appendices). Applications that do not follow these requirements may not be reviewed.

Before making an application researchers should review the StMU policy and application carefully (see below) . Any questions should be directed to Dr. Scott Lovell, scott.lovell@stmu.ca.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted to the REB in the summer months of June & July may not be responded to until August. Additionally, applications submitted during the month of December may not be responded to until January.

Notices

An addition (see Section II.H.2) was made to the REB policy and procedures in January, 2019. Applications made after this time must consider the below:

Due to the limited resources of the StMU REB this body will only review applications where the research is conducted by StMU researchers acting in their University capacity. This would exclude, for example, industry/privately sponsored research, wherein StMU researchers receive a salary from said industry/private enterprises. This differs from research supported by project funding agencies that provide university-based researchers with grants that enable them to conduct research.

  • PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted to the REB in the summer months of June & July may not be responded to until August. Additionally, applications submitted during the month of December may not be responded to until January.
  • The REB policy and procedures were updated in May, 2018. Applications made after this time must consider these changes which are summarized below:
    • REB membership was extended to 5 years from 3 years
    • Applicants have 30 days to reply to requests for additional information made by the REB or their application will be closed (see Section II, H.6)
    • Researchers with valid ethics certificates must report unanticipated issues (New form available) (see Section III, Q.2)
    • Researchers with valid ethics certificates who wish to make a substantive change to their project must report this to the REB for approval. (New form available) (see Section III, Q.3)
    • Extension requests for valid ethics certificates must be made 30 days prior to expiry (New form available) (see Section III, Q.4)
  • RESEARCHERS – You are reminded that you are responsible for knowing the policy. The policy must inform your application. It is in your interest that you are familiar with the policy.

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