Humber Research Ethics Board

Update: Humber Research Ethics Board: Research and Data Handling during the COVID-19 Pandemic

** The REB will not be accepting or processing applications on the following dates:

May 9 - 13 and June 14 - 17

Please note that Humber REB does not operate between June 24 and September 6. Submissions for delegated review must be received by Monday, June 13, 2022.  Applications may be submitted, but they will not be reviewed until REB activities resume in September.

In 2021, the federal government (Panel on Research Ethics) issued revised guidelines and interpretations related to research during the COVID-19 pandemic. Of concern are risks related to privacy and confidentiality of information, including data storage and data handling when using digital platforms and home offices. The need for new security and safety measures to protect participants’ information is critical.

Accordingly, Humber faculty and staff conducting research from home are advised to take precautions with research data.  Please consider uploading all files to your Humber One Drive or using Humber’s remote access (VPN) network when accessing your Humber H:/ Drive or I:/Drive.

For further information on the new guidelines, please contact the Humber Research Ethics Board Chair, Dr. Lydia Boyko at lydia.boyko [at] humber.ca.


The Humber Research Ethics Board (REB) reviews all research involving human participants that takes place within the Humber community. The REB ensures that all research involving human participants aligns with the standards set by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). If your research involves human participants in any capacity, you need to apply to the REB for ethics approval. All applications must be reviewed and approved by the REB before any research begins.

NOTE: There are other ethical concerns regarding research with animals, plants, and/or the environment. Please contact the Humber REB if you are contemplating these types of research.

The HREB does not accept REB applications from undergraduate students.

 

Information Letter Guidelines

Consent Form Guidelines

Participant Recruitment Guidelines

TCPS 2

Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans policy and Procedures

Privacy, Storage and Disposal of Data Guidelines

Other Resources:

Do you have an absolute guarantee of confidentiality when you participate in a research project? Click HERE to read the full article.

Preparing for an REB application this Fall? Click HERE to find out more about the updated Tri-Council Policy Statement: TCPS 2 (2018) and Course on Research Ethics.

Are your students doing research involving human participants? Click HERE to find out more about research ethics approval for course-based research involving human participants.

What are your privacy rights when public research is being conducted? Click HERE to find out more about the impact of privacy rights.

What is the Humber Research Ethics Board and what do they do? Click HERE to find out more!

For access to more resources and the entire TCPS 2 policy visit the Panel of Research Ethics website.

Need some guidance? Review the Humber Research Ethics Board Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information please e-mail the Humber REB administrator at reb [at] humber.ca.

Any research involving human participants conducted at Humber or undertaken by Humber professors, administrators or students must be reviewed and approved by the Humber Research Ethics Board (HREB). Applications for review should be submitted to the HREB using the appropriate guidelines and forms.

The Humber REB usually meets the third Thursday of every month.  All applications must be complete and submitted to reb [at] humber.ca by the first Monday of each month in order to be reviewed at that month’s meeting. The Humber REB does not meet in July and August.

Submission Checklist

  • HREB Application
  • Recruitment materials
  • Information Letter(s)
  • Consent Form(s)
  • Copies of data collection tools (survey questions, focus group questions, etc)
  • TCPS 2 Certificates for entire research team   https://ethics.gc.ca/eng/education_tutorial-didacticiel.html
  • Institutional Approval:  All internal and external researchers planning to conduct research involving the collection of data from Humber staff, faculty, students, or access to institutional data/ resorces, must obtain institutional approval in addition to Humber Research Ethics Board (HREB).  HREB approval does not automaticcally constitute Intitutional Approval, and vice versa.  Institutional Approval is granted by the Office of the Senior Vice-President, Academic.  To request Institutional Approval, please visit the Applied Research & Innovation website https://www.humber.ca/research/researchers/  to download the form or contact research [at] humber.ca ().

 

General Research Ethics Applications:

Application Process for Research Projects Involving Human Participants

  1. Review the Humber Policy on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.
  2. Complete the Humber REB Application Form and attach all required supporting documentation
  3. Review the entire application package to verify completeness
  4. Submit a single PDF copy of the application, including all necessary signatures, via email to reb [at] humber.ca (see below for instructions on how to save and combine PDF files)

Multi-College Expert Panel Ethics Review Process

Applicants conducting minimum-risk research at multiple colleges in Ontario are eligible to apply for a letter of recommendation from the Multi-College Expert Panel to streamline the ethics approval process. More information about the Multi-College Expert Panel review process can be found here. Researchers who receive a Multi-College Expert Panel recommendation must still submit their Expert Panel recommendation letter, along with the approved ethics materials to the Humber REB for clearance.

Application Process to Amend an Approved Ethics Protocol

  1. Complete the REB Protocol Change Request Form and attach all required supporting documentation
  2. Review the application form and attachments to verify completeness
  3. Submit a single PDF copy of the form, including all necessary signatures and attachments, via email to reb [at] humber.ca (see below for instructions on how to save and combine PDF files)

Study Renewal and Completion Instructions

  1. Complete the REB Protocol Status Form and attach all required supporting documentation
  2. Review the application form and attachments to verify completeness
  3. Submit a single PDF copy of the form, including all necessary signatures and attachments, via email to reb [at] humber.ca (see below for instructions on how to save and combine PDF files)

Course Designations:

Application Process for Courses with Research Activities Involving Human Participants

  1. Review the Humber Policy on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
  2. Complete the REB Course Designation Application Form and attach all required supporting documentation
  3. Review the entire application package to verify completeness
  4. Submit a single PDF copy of the application, including all necessary signatures, via email to reb [at] humber.ca (see below for instructions on how to save and combine PDF files)

Process to Amend an Approved Course Designation Protocol

  1. Complete the REB Course Designation Amendment Request Form and attach all required supporting documentation
  2. Review the application form and attachments to verify completeness
  3. Submit a single PDF copy of the form, including all necessary signatures and attachments, via email to reb [at] humber.ca (see below for instructions on how to save and combine PDF files)

Course Designation Renewal 

  1. Complete the REB Course Designation Continuation Request Form and attach all required supporting documentation
  2. Review the application form and attachments to verify completeness
  3. Submit a single PDF copy of the form, including all necessary signatures and attachments, via email to reb [at] humber.ca (see below for instructions on how to save and combine PDF files)

How to Save and Combine PDF Files:

Saving PDF Files – Microsoft

Saving PDF Files – iOS

Combing PDF Files – Adobe

Download Application Forms

Humber REB Application Form

REB Protocol Change Request Form

REB Protocol Status Form

REB Course Designation Application Form

REB Course Designation Amendment Request Form

REB Course Designation Continuation Request Form

REB Chair: Lydia Boyko, APR, FLMI, BJ, MEd, PhD (Professor, Faculty of Media and Creative Arts)

Dr. Lydia Boyko is a faculty member in Humber’s Faculty of Media and Creative Arts.  Lydia joined Humber in 2011 after more than 20 years of business experience in the private sector, with a focus on government and investor relations in the financial services sector, and several years as a partial-load business professor at the post-secondary level. She is an Accredited Life Member of the Canadian Public Relations Society and a Fellow, Life Management Institute specializing in life and health insurance. Lydia is a lifelong student, completing a Journalism undergraduate degree at Carleton University, a post-graduate certificate in  business communication at McGill University, and Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral thesis, Academic Department Management, won the 2010 George L. Geis Dissertation Award from the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.

Morag Tierney, REB Coordinator

Morag joined the Program Planning, Development & Renewal (PPDR) team in July 2021 as the Research Ethics Board Coordinator.  She has been a part of Humber College for many years and has extensive experience in various departments within the College.  Morag joined the International Department in its infancy as the Office Coordinator/International Admissions Advisor where she was the liaison between internationl students, agents, embassies and the Registrar's office.  She was an integral part in the development of the international tracking database system as well as international application processes and procedures.   Before coming to PPDR, she was the Office Coordinator and Assistant to the Principal at the Orangeville campus providing support and guidance to faculty, staff and students as well as serving as the liaison between the academic schools and the Orangeville community.

Jennifer Bazar, PhD (Assistant Director, Cummings Center for the History of Psychology)

Dr. Jennifer Bazar serves the Humber REB as an external community member.  Jennifer is the Assistant Director of the Drs. Nicholas and Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology at The University of Akron (Akron, Ohio).  She completed her PhD at York University in the History and Theory of Psychology program and a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the University of Toronto and the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (Penetanguishene, Ontario).  Prior to taking on her current role, Jennifer spent five years as the Curator at Humber College's Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre and taught for eight years in various Psychology departments in both Canada and the United States.  Her primary research focuses on the history of mental health care institutionalization, with an emphasis on archival, material culture, and oral history methods.

Daniel Bear, PhD (Professor, Faculty of Social and Community Services)

Dr. Daniel Bear is a drugs policy researcher, with more than 15 years of experience conducting research on a variety of drug policy issues, including prevention, drugs education effectiveness, medical cannibas use, police enforcement of drugs laws, and policy responses to emerging drug issues.   He worked with the American Civil Liberties Union on major civil rights cases and has advised NGOs working with the Colombian National Police to institute democratic policing reforms.  In addition to his drugs focused work, Daniel has advised the Ministry of Justice in the United Kingdom on reducing violence in prisons, and has served as a member of the Ontario Parole Board.  In his most recent research, Daniel conducted mixed methods research to understand how young people are making decisions about how and when to consume cannabis.  Daniel holds a Master and a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Nancy Birch, BEd, OCT, MISt (Associate Librarian, University of Guelph) 

Nancy Birch serves the Humber REB as an external community member.  Nancy is Associate Librarian at the University of Guelph.  She joined the university in 2010 in a  senior management capacity and, during a career spanning more than two decades, has held teaching, librarianship, research, and senior learning consultancy roles in both private and public sector educational contexts.   She has a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto, an Ontario Certified Teacher designation, as well as additional certifications in strategic leadership, coaching, instructional design and learning evaluation.  Nancy’s research interests include online pedagogy, information literacy, learning outcomes assessment and change management.

Dana Costin, PhD, C.Psych (Professor, Faculty of Social and Community Services)

Dr. Dana Costin is a Professor in the Child and Youth Care programs, as well as a registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist.  Since 1999, Dana has worked extensively in assessment, intervention, and  consultation in the areas of child and adolescent mental health, adolescents who have sexually offended, children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, children exhibiting sexualized behaviours,  youth in conflict with the law, and their families.    In addition to her faculty role at Humber, Dana maintains a private practice and regularly provides consultation, training, and workshops to a number of children's/adolescents' mental health agencies, child welfare agencies, and the Ontario Police College.  Dana also has several publications on evidence-informed clincial practice.

Audel Cunningham, LLB, LLM (Professor, Faculty of Business)

Audel Cunningham has been  a member of the Humber College community since 2008 in the position of Professor of Law in the School of Business (now the Faculty of Business).  He holds a Masters of Laws in International Trade Law from the University of Essex, a Master of Laws in European Business Law from the Pallas Consortium, and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the Unviersity of the West Indies.  He has published research in the areas of Competition Policy and Trade Remedies and has current research interests in the areas of developmental challenges for small vulnerable economies within the global trading system.  Audel is called to the Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario.

Maryam Davoudpour (TBD)

Jeffrey Semple, PhD (Bioscience Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness)

Dr. Jeffrey Semple began his graduate work in the field of comparative animal physiology, identifying new genes involved in environmental adaptation.  He later moved into cancer research studying the genetics of cell cycle regulation, for which he earned his PhD from the University of Waterloo.  Throughout his graduate career Jeff taught part-time at both the University of Waterloo and Conestoga College.  For the past 15 years, Jeff has been a full-time faculty member in the Bioscience Division within the School of Health Sciences (now the Faculty of Health Sciences & Wellness) at Humber teaching courses on human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.

Masood Zangeneh, PhD (Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Innovative Learning)

Dr. Masood Zangeneh is the founding editor of the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, editor of the book series Advances in Mental Health & Addiction, and founding editor of the Journal of Concurrent Disorders.  Masood also serves as a consultant to numerous scientific journals and universities for interdisplinary, mutli-cultural research and development addressing mental health, addiction, and resilience among marginalized populations.  Masood recently published Indigineous Knowledge and Mental Health:  A Global Perspective with Dr. David Danto, a clinical psychologist and Head of Psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber.  This work is recognized as contributing to the literature that addresses the impacts of colonization on the well-being of Indigenous Peoples and the role of Indigenous knowledge(s) in healing and well-being.

 

Submission Deadlines
Submission deadlines are the first Monday of each month, with the exception of September and January when submission deadlines are the second Monday of the month.

** The REB will not be accepting or processing applications on the following dates:

May 9 - 13 and June 14 - 17

Please note that Humber REB does not operate between June 24 and September 6. Submissions for delegated review must be received by Monday, June 13, 2022.  Applications may be submitted, but they will not be reviewed until REB activities resume in September.

Review Process
Applications deemed minimal risk are delegated for review on an on-going basis. Minimal risk applications will take up to 10 business days to be processed and reviewed by our HREB members. Revisions and clarifications may be requested by the HREB, prior to approval being granted.
Applications deemed higher than minimal risk are reviewed at the monthly REB meetings. Full-review applications will take up to 35 days to be processed and reviewed by our HREB. Revisions and clarifications may be requested by the HREB, prior to approval being granted.

Meeting Dates
REB meetings are held on Thursdays, two weeks following the submission deadlines.  The REB does not meet in July or August.

2021/2022 Meeting Schedule

Submission Deadline       REB Meeting Date
September 13, 2021 September 30, 2021
October 11, 2021 October 28, 2021
November 1, 2021 November 18, 2021
December 6, 2021 December 22, 2021
January 3, 2022 January 20, 2022
February 7, 2022 February 24, 2022
March 7, 2022 March 24, 2022
April 4, 2022 April 21, 2022
May 2, 2022 May 19, 2022
June 6, 2022 June 23, 2022

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