Research ethics involves the application of fundamental ethical principles to research involving human participants. Fleming's Research Ethics Board (REB) follows the guidelines set out in TCPS-2 - 2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.
Research ethics are put in place to protect study volunteers with respect to:
- Human dignity and vulnerable persons
- Free and informed consent
- Voluntary participation
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Justice and inclusiveness
- Balance of potential harms and benefits
- Minimization of harm and maximization of benefit
Research Ethics Board
Fleming's REB was established to ensure the protection of study volunteers in research projects and reports directly to the President of the College. It receives administrative support from the Office of Applied Research and Innovation.
Before any research that involves human participants can take place at Fleming College, the proposal for research must undergo a review and approval process by the Research Ethics Board to ensure that the research complies with the highest ethical standards.
Specifically, all research projects involving human subjects undertaken by members of or conducted at Fleming College-including all faculty, staff and students, including students carrying out research as part of class assignments-shall fall within the jurisdiction of a committee called the Fleming College Research Ethics Review Board (REB), irrespective of the source of financial support (if any) and irrespective of the location of the project, in the latter case, so long as the investigator represents the work as Fleming research. Projects conducted by researchers from outside the Fleming College community who access College resources (either equipment or personnel) will also fall within the jurisdiction of the Fleming College REB.
- Board Policy 2-216
- Michele J. McIntosh, RN Ph.D., Chair
- Janet Dawson B.Sc., HE, M. Sc.
- Mark Dzurko, Ph.D. Candidate
- Dr. Catherine Thibeault B.Sc., M.N.
- Brett Goodwin, Ph.D.
Meeting details will be updated as information becomes available.
In order for your application to be considered, the REB Administrator must receive it and all supporting documentation a minimum of 15 calendar days prior to the meeting.
To ensure that your proposed research project complies with ethical standards, please read Fleming's policies related to research at Fleming:
- 2-216 Research Involving Human Subjects
- 2-214 Integrity in Research and Scholarship
- 2-215 Intellectual Property and Copyright
- Animal Care Committee Terms of Reference
Do I need an ethics review?
If you are not sure if you need REB approval for your study, please contact the Office of Applied Research and Innovation at email@example.com.
Submit REB applications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be submitted by the first day of the month for that month's REB meeting.
To initiate a new REB review, all researchers are required to complete: the free online TCPS ethics Tutorial.
In order to start the ethics review process, you must submit the Certificate by email to email@example.com along with the following:
- REB application form and supporting documents (see below for specific form)
- Prior REB approval from another institution, if applicable. Please submit the comments along with the approval letter
- If you are conducting research at multiple colleges, please use the Ontario College Multi-site REB application form
- If you are conducting research at Fleming College only, please use the Fleming College application form
Please be sure to include all of the required information and forms. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
Information about the new Ontario Community College Multi-Site REB Application Form
In order to simplify the application process for those researchers seeking ethics approval at multiple institutions, Fleming's REB has adopted a common multi-site REB application form for use by researchers conducting studies at the following colleges: Cambrian, Centennial, Conestoga, Durham, George Brown, Georgian, Loyalist, Seneca, Sheridan, and St. Lawrence.