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). If you plan on submitting an application to the StMU REB please note that applications will be accepted on the 3rd Monday of every month (should StMU be closed on such a Monday the deadline will instead be that Tuesday).

Only complete, coherent, signed, PHYSICAL applications with appendices (no email submissions) received by 4pm on the given deadline will be reviewed by the REB. Applications must be addressed to the attention of Dr Corinne Syrnyk, Chair of the REB. Applications deemed incomplete or unclear may be returned to the applicant without review. In addition, applications submitted after any of the deadlines will not be considered until the next deadline. Any questions and concerns should be directed to the REB Chair, Dr. Corinne Syrnyk, REB@stmu.ca, 403-254-3736. Applications must be submitted to the front office or via mail to: Dr. Corinne Syrnyk, REB Chair St. Mary’s University 14500 Bannister Rd SE Calgary, AB T2X1Z4

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

  • 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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