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Research Ethics at Humber

The Humber Research Ethics Board (REB) will not be reviewing applications between June 26, 2020 and September 10, 2020. 

The REB inbox will continue to be monitored during this time. Normal REB activities will resume on September 11, 2020.

 

Please note the following submission deadlines:

  • All low-risk applications requiring delegated review must be submitted by Monday, June 15, 2020.
  • All med-to-high risk applications must be submitted by June 1, 2020.

 

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 an 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.

 

 

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

 

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

For more information contact reb@humber.ca or
Jaqueline Nicol, Operations & Research Ethics Coordinator, 416-675-6622 ext. 4988, jaqueline.nicol@humber.ca.

 

Institutional Approval

Internal and external researchers planning to conduct research involving the collection of data from Humber staff, faculty, students, or access to institutional data/resources, must obtain institutional approval (in addition to Humber Research Ethics Board (HREB) approval). It is recommended that you seek Institutional Approval after receiving HREB approval. HREB approval does not automatically constitute Institute Approval, and vice versa.

 

Institutional Approval is granted by the Office of the Senior Vice-President, Academic. Institutional approval may or may not be granted dependent on factors such as costs, resources required, effort, and risk. To request Institutional Approval, please download the form here and submit the completed form to research@humber.ca. Institutional Approval applications are reviewed on an on-going basis. The review process can take between 10-30 days. Please plan your research timelines accordingly.

 

For any questions regarding Institutional Approval, please contact research@humber.ca.

Research Ethics Applications

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@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
__ Institutional Approval (if applicable, see Resources for more information)

 

 

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@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.

 

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@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@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@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@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@humber.ca (see below for instructions on how to save and combine PDF files)

 

How to Save and Combine PDF Files

 

 

Download Application Forms

 

 

 

Research Ethics Board Members

 

REB Chair: Lydia Boyko, APR, FLMI, BJ, MEd, PhD (Professor, School of Media Studies & Information Technology)

Dr. Lydia Boyko is a faculty member in Humber’s School of Media Studies & Information Technology and serves on the Executive Committee of Humber College Council. 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 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 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.

 

Nancy Birch, BEd, OCT, MISt (Associate Librarian; Manager, Library Services, University of Guelph-Humber) (on leave)

Nancy Birch is an Associate Librarian and Manager of Library Services at the University of Guelph-Humber. She has a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto, an Ontario Certified Teacher designation, as well as additional certifications in instructional design. During a career spanning more than 20 years, she has held teaching, librarianship, research, and senior learning consultancy roles in both private and public sector educational contexts. Nancy’s research interests include research ethics, information literacy, e-learning, and assessment.

 

Dana Costin, PhD, C.Psych (Professor, Child and Youth Care; registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist)

Dr. Dana Costin is a full-time Professor in the Child and Youth Care programs, as well as a registered Clinical and Forensic Psychologist.  Since 1999, Dana has worked extensively in the areas of assessment and intervention for 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.  She regularly provides consultation, training/workshops, and conference presentations regarding this work and has co-authored several book chapters and evidence-based, practice-related documents. Dana consults and provides training to a number of children’s/adolescents’ mental health agencies and programs, the Hospital for Sick Children’s Tele-Psychiatry/Psychology Program, and the Ontario Police College, and she has previous experience as a Research Ethics Board member.

 

Jeffrey Semple, PhD (Bioscience Professor, School of Health Sciences)

Dr. Jeffrey Semple is a Bioscience Professor in the School of Health Sciences. Jeff 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 12 years Jeff has been a full-time faculty member in the Bioscience Division within the School of Health Sciences at Humber teaching courses on human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.

 

Ann Wainwright, PhD (Psychology Professor, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Dr. Ann Wainwright is a Psychology Professor in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Ann earned her PhD in Developmental Psychology from York University. Before joining Humber, she was contributing to the research on attention and the early identification of autism at the IWK Health in Halifax as a post-doctoral fellow.

 

Audel Cunningham

 

Jennifer Bazar, PhD (Curator, Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre) 

Dr. Jennifer L. Bazar is the Curator of the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre at Humber College. She completed her PhD at York University in the History and Theory of Psychology program and a Postdoctoral Fellowship jointly hosted by the University of Toronto and the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care. Before joining Humber, Jennifer taught for 8 years in various Psychology departments. Her primary research focuses on the history of mental health institutionalization, with an emphasis on archival, material culture, and oral history methods.

 

REB Deadlines

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.

 

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.

 

2019/2020 Meeting Schedule

 

Submission Deadline     REB Meeting Date
September 9, 2019     September 19, 2019
October 7, 2019     October 31, 2019
November 4, 2019     November 21, 2019
December 2, 2019     December 19, 2019
January 6, 2020     January 23, 2020
February 3, 2020     February 20, 2020
March 2, 2020     March 19, 2020
April 6, 2020     April 30, 2020
May 4, 2020     May 21, 2020
June 1, 2020     June 18, 2020

 

2020/2021 Meeting Schedule

 

Submission Deadline       REB Meeting Date
September 14, 2020 September 24, 2020
October 5, 2020 October 22, 2020
November 2, 2020 November 19, 2020
December 7, 2020 December 17, 2020
January 4, 2021 January 21, 2021
February 1, 2021 February 18, 2021
March 8, 2021 March 25, 2021
April 5, 2021 April 22, 2021
May 3, 2021 May 20, 2021
June 7, 2021 June 24, 2021

November 12, 2019 – Do you have and absolute guarantee of confidentiality when you participate in a research project? Click HERE to read the full article.

 

September 23, 2019 – 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.

 

June 3, 2019 – Click HERE to read the Humber REB’s Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.

 

May 16, 2019 – 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.

 

April 4, 2019 – What are your privacy rights when public research is being conducted? Click HERE to find out more about the impact of privacy rights.

 

March 5, 2019 – What is the Humber Research Ethics Board and what do they do? Click HERE to find out more!