Research with Human Participants

Research with Human Participants

The Research Ethics Board (REB) is responsible for the review and approval  of research protocols involving human participants and ensures that the highest ethical standards in the conduct of research by Bishop’s University researchers are upheld and in compliance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) and the Bishop’s University Research Ethics Policy.

Tutorial for the Tri-Council policy statement (TCPS 2): Ethical conduct for research involving humans.

This tutorial provides an applied approach to the guidance provided in TCPS 2. This self-paced course is a media-rich learning experience that features interactive exercises and multi-disciplinary examples. This tutorial consists of eight modules ranging from the policy’s core principles to REB review. It is designed primarily for the use of researchers and REB members – though anyone may take this course and print their own certificate of completion.

Research Ethics Board Guidelines and Forms – For Faculty and Graduate Students

Faculty members and graduate students who wish to conduct research with human participants are invited to complete and submit the appropriate forms via the BU Research Portal for review by the REB.

Guidelines for the submission of research protocols (PDF)

Video tutorial – Submitting an application in the Research Portal:

These guidelines provide detailed instructions for undergraduate students or class instructors in regards to submitting research protocols for review by the REB.

Deadlines: 1st of the month (September – June), or the following business day if the 1st of the month falls on a weekend or holiday. The REB meets on the second Friday of each month during the academic year. Minimal risk protocols submitted to the REB during the summer months will be given delegated review.

Please note that researchers must provide annual or final reports to the REB in regards to their completed or continuing projects. Extension request forms must be submitted when a research project extends over the approved protocol’s original end date. These forms, known as “Event Forms” can be accessed by clicking on the relevant protocol under the “Applications: Post-Review” section of the BU Research Portal. Note that no work with human participants may continue if the researcher does not hold a valid ethics approval.


Release of funds

This form allows researchers to apply for the early release of funds to enable the initial phases of their work not involving human participants. It can be accessed by clicking on the relevant grant application to which the ethics protocol is linked, under the “Applications: Post-Review” section of the BU Research Portal. Note that no work with human participants can begin until a full protocol is submitted to the REB and approval is obtained.


Non-disclosure agreement

All research personnel, paid or unpaid, must sign the Non-Disclosure Agreement prior to beginning their work on a research project involving human participants.


Letters of consent / Lettres de consentement

These forms are designed to offer a standard template for obtaining participants’ informed consent. The letters of consent are available in both French and English.

English:
General
Online survey
Minors / Inapt adults

Français:
Général
Sondage électronique
Mineurs / adultes inaptes


Ethics Review Committee for Student Research Guidelines and Forms – For Undergraduate Students and Class Instructors

Undergraduate students and class instructors who are conducting research with human participants must submit their protocols for review to the Ethics Review Committee for Student Research (ERCSR) via the BU Research Portal.

These guidelines provide detailed instructions for undergraduate students or class instructors in regards to submitting research protocols for review by the ERCSR.

Video tutorial – Research Portal at Bishop’s University – Ethics Applications for Students:


Deadlines to submit protocols to the Ethics Review Committee for Student Research:  15th of the month (September – June), or the following business day if the 15th of the month falls on a weekend or holiday. The ERCSR meets on the last Friday of each month (September – June).


Signature page for students submitting protocols in Romeo (PDF)

All students who submit a protocol to the Research Ethics Board or to the Ethics Review Committee for Student Research must upload this signature page, signed and dated by their supervisor(s).


Final report

Undergraduate researchers must provide final reports to the ERCSR in regards to their completed projects. Final Report forms are available in the BU Research Portal under the “Events” tab associated with an approved ethics protocol.


Letters of consent / Lettres de consentement

These forms are designed to offer a standard template for obtaining participants’ informed consent. The letters of consent are available in both French and English.

English:
General
Online survey
Minors / Inapt adults

Français:
Général
Sondage électronique
Mineurs / adultes inaptes


Research Internships Outside Bishop’s

Bishop’s students have the opportunity to undertake internships at other universities within the core of their studies. When a project involves animals, biohazards, or human participants, students must ensure that the supervisor at the host university has received all the necessary certificates to undergo his/her research project. Prior to undertaking their work outside Bishop’s, students must submit a copy of the Research Internship Agreement Form (PDF file including the form, duly signed and dated) with the required ethics certificate provided by the host university to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies by email (julie.fredette@ubishops.ca).

If the project has not received ethics approval for research involving animals, human participants or biohazards at the host institution, students must submit a research protocol to the Ethics Review Committee for Student Research or the Animal Care and Biosafety Committee along with a copy of the Research Internship Agreement Form (PDF file including the form, duly signed and dated) to the Research Office by email (julie.fredette@ubishops.ca).

If the project does not involve animals, human participants or biohazards, students must submit the Research Internship Agreement Form only to the faculty member responsible for the internship program in their department.