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Research Ethics Board

Academic employees at all Ontario Colleges are on strike as of Monday, Oct. 16

Due to the strike, REB reviews are currently on hold. Applications will continue to be accepted, however reviews will not commence until the strike concludes

Research Ethics Approval Process

The purpose of Seneca's Research Ethics Board (REB) is to ensure research involving humans conducted under the auspices, or on the premises, of Seneca meets high scientific and ethical standards that respect and protect participants. The REB reviews research projects to ensure adherence with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. All research involving human participants must undergo REB review and receive approval before participant recruitment and/or data collection may commence.

Seneca's REB meets face-to-face once monthly throughout the academic year. The REB Co-ordinator will typically communicate rejections, approvals and/or requests for revision within approximately 10 business days, depending on the type of application submitted.

Below you will find links to the Seneca REB Forms.  Please ensure that prior to developing any submission to the REB, that you download the most current version of the applicable form(s).  Submissions received on forms that are not the current versions will not be accepted and/or reviewed.  If you have any questions about the forms, please email the REB Co-ordinator.

 

REB Guidelines

When conducting research with human subjects, Seneca REB Approval is required for the following:

  • Research activities are independent of a course and conducted by Seneca students and/or faculty - REB Form 1
  • Research activities are a part of a course and conducted by Seneca students and/or faculty (Course-based student research) - REB Form 2
  • A similar project has been approved by another REB - REB Form 3
  • Information is collected directly from Seneca subjects or from existing Seneca records
  • Data collected from participants will be published

The Seneca REB only accepts electronic copies of documents. Please complete all parts and submit the full application along with the relevant appendices in electronic format to REB@senecacollege.ca.

You will receive email acknowledgement of your application within 2 business days after the submission deadline date. This email will notify you if your application is complete and has been assigned for review or if you are required to modify your submission.

REB Application Submission Process

The Seneca REB only accepts electronic copies of documents. Once you have completed the appropriate form for your research study, please submit the full application along with the relevant appendices in electronic format to the Research Ethics Board.

You will receive an email acknowledgement of your submission within 2 business days of the submission deadline. This email will notify you if your application is complete and has been assigned for review or if you are required to modify your submission.  

REB Forms

Form 1 - Application for Approval 
This form should be used by both internal and external applicants to obtain approval for research being conducted by or with Seneca faculty, staff and/or students. 

Form 1A - Application for Amendment and/or Renewal
This form should be used by both internal and external applicants to renew and/or amend research studies that have been previously approved by the Seneca REB. 

Form 2 - Application for Approval of Course-Based Research
This form should be completed by faculty members for student course-based research at Seneca that involves the collection of data from human subjects by students for educational purposes; meaning, research conducted by students under the supervision of a course instructor and as part of a normal course/program curriculum.

Form 3 - Application for Research Approved by Another Institution 
This form should be used by both internal and external applications to obtain approval for research being conducted by or with Seneca faculty, staff and/or students and should be submitted alongside the other institutions' approval letter attesting to the approval as well as the corresponding original submission documents.

Form 5 - Research Study Completion Report
This form should be used by both internal and external applicants to inform the REB that the research study being conducted by or with Seneca faculty, staff and/or students has been completed.

Form 6 - Common Multi-College Ethics Application Form
This form should be used by researchers who intend to conduct a study at more than one college in Ontario. Applicants who submit a Form 6 must ALSO submit a Form 6A.

Form 6A - Researcher Agreement to the Multi-College Review Process
This form must be completed by any researcher who is submitting a project for review using Form 6 (ie. any study being conducted at more than one college in Ontario).

Information on the Multi-College Application Process

Form 7 - Common Multi-College Change/Amendment Form
This form should be used by researchers who wish to make a change or an additition to an approved Ontario Community College Multi-site "Application to involve human participants in research" form.

Form 8 - Common Multi-College Annual Renewal/Completion Form

This form should be used by researchers who wish to request a renewal or file a completion report for an approved Ontario Community College Multi-site "Application to involve human participants in research" study.

REB Resources

To access and complete the TCPS 2 CORE tutorial, please visit here. Upon completing your TCPS certification, please email a copy of your certification to the Research Ethics Board.

REB Templates:

REB Members

Seneca’s Research Ethics Board has members from across all faculties at Seneca, as well as external representatives.

If you're interested in becoming a member of the REB, please contact the Research Ethics Board Co-ordinator.