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Updates from the OCAD University Research Ethics Board

New ROMEO Ethics Application and Researcher Guide

The on-line application for ethics approval was overhauled and improved with clearer instructions and more specific questions. The intention was to help researchers think through their research plans and provide the REB with the information required to make a decision. An accompanying guide was developed to help researchers navigate the new application and provide clarity for each section of the application.

New process for ethics applications

All researchers applying for ethics approval will now be required to attach their TCPS2 CORE completion certificate on every application they submit.

New process for responding to the REB

In order to increase efficiency in reviewing resubmissions, the REB has developed a new process that researchers should use to provide responses to the REB. A tutorial for this process is available.

OCAD U's Policy on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Human Participants

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to the OCADU community on the ethical conduct of research involving human subjects.

Research Ethics Canvas Course

The Canvas course on research ethics provides students with education resources for self-study, a repository for templates and checklists, and a venue for discussion.

Module for Faculty on Student Supervision and Ethics Oversight

A module was developed specifically for faculty who supervise student research. This module provides information on faculty supervisor responsibilities with regard to research ethics and the TCPS2.

REB guidance “Autoethnography and Research Ethics” and guide questionnaire

This document provides guidance on the conduct of autoethnographic research and related ethical considerations. It is important to note that individuals who

(1) feature in a researcher’s autobiographical experiences, and

(2) provide data required for the researcher to address the research question

are to be considered human participants for Research Ethics Board (REB) purposes. As such, these individuals should be afforded the same rights as all human participants, as described in the TCPS 2– namely, justice, concern for welfare, and respect for the individual.

Standard Operating Procedures

These procedures document the various REB processes and identify the person/s responsible for their implementation.

REB Conflict of Interest Management Plan and Form

The document provides guidance on the management of conflicts of interest that arise in the review of research protocols.

REB Reconsideration and Appeal Process

This document provides guidance to researchers, the OCADU REB Members, and members of the Appeals committee on the reconsideration and appeals processes.

New and updated ROMEO tutorials

Existing tutorials were updated to reflect the new ROMEO interface. New tutorials were created to familiarize researchers with the ROMEO dashboard and to provide guidance to researchers on the REB response procedure.