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Departmental Ethics Review

If your research qualifies for departmental ethics review, you must fill out a Request for Departmental Ethics Review for Minimal Risk Research Involving Human Participants form and submit it to your department's research ethics committee (REC) along with the signed Confirmation of Supervisor/Instructor Review form.

Before completing the form, you must consult Laurier’s Policy 11.13 on Ethics Review of Research Involving Humans.

All individuals listed on the application for review must also complete the current online TCPS2 Course on Research Ethics (CORE) and provide proof of completion.

Be sure to complete the form completely and provide all relevant attachments (listed in form). Projects with incomplete or inadequate forms and supporting materials take longer to process and are likely to be sent back to you.

Even if you provide a complete application package, your department’s REC will usually request changes and/or ask clarifying questions. If changes or answers are requested, the REC chair must approve the revised application, additional information and clarifications prior to any recruitment of or research on human participants.

Once your project has been approved, you cannot change or modify it as it relates to your dealings with participants unless approved by your department’s REC. You must obtain this approval before implementing any changes. To request approval for changes, email your REC.

All correspondence related to your application will be sent to your Laurier email address. For more information, contact your department.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Request for Departmental Ethics Review for Minimal Risk Research Involving Human Participants form.
  2. Attach a copy of the TCPS 2 CORE Certificate for all individuals listed on the application (students and supervisors). CORE certificates must be renewed every four years.
  3. Ask your supervisor to sign the Confirmation of Supervisor/Instructor Review form.
  4. Send all completed forms and attachments, including your information and consent letter for participants, to your department’s REC for review. Submitting the form confirms that you have read and agree to comply with Laurier’s Policy 11.13 on Ethics Review of Research Involving Humans.
  5. Wait for approval from the REC prior to recruiting participants or beginning your research.