Undertaking Research Involving Human Subjects

Student Guidelines for the Preparation of Ethics Statement

Students conducting research involving human subjects must undergo a departmental ethics review (DRP), which includes the completion of the online Tri-Council Policy Statement Tutorial.  Projects deemed low risk (see Minimal Risks Checklist) will be reviewed by the faculty supervisor and one other member of the department.  All other projects will be subject to a full review by the VIUís Research Ethics Board (VIU REB).  For further information on this submission process, which will involve additional forms, go to the VIU REB website.

Tri-Council Policy Statement Tutorial:  All students conducting research involving human subjects are required to complete the TCPS 2 Tutorial (CORE) regarding ethical principles associated with such research. It is free of charge and can be completed online at: http://www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/education/tutorial-didacticiel/.

Please remember that the turn around time between submission and approval may be a day, or much longer if revisions are required, whether a departmental or VIU REB review.  Please plan ahead!

If you are considering research in School Disctrict #68; all research is to be approved by the Superintendent's Office. See Procedure 3871P on SD68's web page: http://www.sd68.bc.ca/edocuments/Board/policiesandproc_/default.html

Students must attach to their research proposal the following materials: 

bulletCopy of the VIUís Application for Departmental Ethical Review of Student Projects Ė Checklist

bulletCopy of consent form

bulletSigned copy of Department Ethics Statement

bulletCertificate of completion: TCPS Tutorial

Proposals submitted without these documents cannot be approved.

For a sample consent form for interviews, click here; for survey or questionnaire, click here.  Any modification of these sample forms should be discussed with your faculty supervisor.  These templates address the concerns of Section 4.4 of the VIUís Statement of Ethical Issues.

For samples of student research proposals that have been accepted,
click here.


Created 11/26/2004; last updated 10/15/2011
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