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Research involving “Human Participants” requires ethics approval before the research is started.

The Tri-Council Policy Statement defines research as “an undertaking intended to extend knowledge through a disciplined inquiry or systematic investigation (p. 7).” The ethics boards REB and ERCSR are 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.

Ethic Committee Members
REB:ERCSR:
Cristian Berco (Chairperson)Courtney Plante (Chairperson)
Claude CharronJacob Robbins-Kanter
Claude Charpentier (sabbatical until 2025)Jonathan Carriere
Sunny Man Chu LauDanilo Fernandes da Silva
Letta Wellinger
Svetlana Davis
Marko Biberdzic
Monthly Deadlines for Project Submission

REB Committee:

MONTHLY DEADLINE:REVIEW:
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 meet on the second Friday of each month.

 

ERCSR Committee:

MONTHLY DEADLINE:REVIEW:
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 meet on the last Friday of each month.

 

SUMMER MONTHS (JULY-AUGUST): Minimal risk protocols submitted to the REB will be given delegated review. Protocols submitted to the ERCSR will be reviewed by the REB.

How to Submit a Project

Contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at researchoffice@ubishops.ca to obtain access to the ROMEO PORTAL.

Committee to Submit

There are two committees: REB and ERCSR. See the tables below to know to which committee you should be submitting your project for review.

Undergraduate Student

ProjectCommittee to Choose:
Minimal RiskERCSR
More than Minimal Risk or Involving Minors, or Vulnerable Population and /or substances given to participants.REB

 

Graduate Student

Project:Committee to Choose:
All Risk
REB

 

Class Instructor

Project:Committee to Choose:
Data not kept for publicationERCSR
Data kept for publication and/or involving minors (under 18**) or vulnerable populations and/or substances administered to the participants.REB

 

Faculty

Project:Committee to Choose:
All RiskREB

 

*Graduate Students REGISTERED at another university but supervised or co-supervised by a faculty at Bishop’s should submit a REB protocol to their primary institution.

** In Quebec only, a minor of 14 years of age or older may give consent alone to minimal risk research. If your participants fit this scenario, you will submit to the ERCSR.

FACULTY RESEARCHERS: Must submit 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 Form can be accessed by clicking on the relevant protocol under the Applications: Post-Review section of the BU Research Portal.

UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHERS: Must submit 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.

BU Standard Documents

These are Bishop’s Standard Documents available in both French and English to be submitted with your project on Romeo.

REB Consent Forms

English:French:
General Consent FormFormulaire de consentement général
Online SurveySondage électronique
Minors / Inapt AdultsMineurs / adultes inaptes
Recruitment Guidelines Offers a standard of the elements that should be found in recruitment material used to recruit participants.

 

ERCSR Consent Forms

English:French:
General Consent FormFormulaire de consentement général
Online SurveySondage électronique
Minors / Inapt AdultsMineurs / adultes inaptes
Recruitment Guidelines Offers a standard of the elements that should be found in recruitment material used to recruit participants.

 

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.

Signature page for students submitting protocols in Romeo 

Students who submit a protocol to the Research Ethics Board must upload this signature page, signed and dated by their supervisor(s).

Supervisors: Please also note that the supervisor assumes responsibility for the scholarly review of their student’s submission.

Research Internship Outside of Bishop’s University

Bishop’s students have the opportunity to do internships at other universities within the core of their studies. When a project involves human participants, students must ensure that the supervisor at the host university has received all the necessary certificates to undergo their research project. Prior to undertaking their work outside Bishop’s, students must submit a Research Internship Outside Bishop’s Form in the BU Research Portal. A copy of the host institution’s ethics certificate must be provided. If the project involves human participants and cannot receive ethics approval from the host institution, students must submit a research protocol to the Ethics Review Committee for Student Research, via the Research Portal, before the works begins.

Multi-Institutional Projects

Projects led by a Quebec University

Under an agreement between Quebec universities, the review and approval of research protocols involving no more than minimal risk shall be undertaken by the Research Ethics Board of the university under whose auspices the Principal Investigator carries out research. Where research protocols are approved by the Research Ethics Board of another Quebec university under the agreement, Bishop’s University shall recognize the certificate of approval unless Bishop’s Research Ethics Board determines that the research entails more than minimal risk as specified by the TCPS2. Once the certificate of approval from the other Quebec university is obtained, the Bishop’s co-investigator should submit the “Declaration of Multi-Institutional Research” in the BU Research Portal. The Bishop’s REB will then review the form to confirm that the project involves no more than minimal risk and validate the ethics certificate issued by the lead institution. A letter confirming Bishop’s REB approval will be sent to the Bishop’s co-investigator.

Projects led by a Quebec affiliated University Centre (CAU), University Hospital (CHU), or University Institute (IU), or a university located outside of Quebec.

Principal Investigator/Co-PI: the researcher should submit the “Research Involving Human Participants Form” in the BU Research Portal.

Co-Investigator: the project involves no more than minimal risk, the researcher should submit the certificate of approval from the principal investigator’s REB using the “Declaration of Multi-Institutional Research” in the BU Research Portal.

Projects conducted by a researcher from another university with participants from Bishop’s (employees or students)

The researcher must submit to the Bishop’s REB the ethics protocol approved by their institution and the certificate of approval from the said institution when the collaboration of individuals affiliated with Bishop’s is required for the project. It could be at different stages of the project: recruitment, data collection, analysis, etc. In all other cases, Bishop’s REB approval is not required. The documents must be submitted by email to the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (researchoffice@ubishops.ca).

FACULTY: Release 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.

ROMEO Portal: Video Tutorials

 

For further information, please contact the Office of Research and Graduate Studies: researchoffice@ubishops.ca.