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Research Ethics

All Faculty research meets Tri-Council Research Ethics requirements.

Faculty of Education ethics submissions go through the Education Research Ethics Board (EREB) and the General Research Ethics Board (GREB).


In 1998, the 3 major research funding councils to universities (SSHRC, NSERC, MRC/CIHR) introduced the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS) on research with human subjects. The Tri-Council went on to state that universities were required to comply with the TCPS if they wished to continue receiving research funds from them. The ultimate purpose of research ethics procedures is to protect all participants in the research, including the researcher. In addition to ethics review, the TCPS also requires that all research studies must be subjected to a scholarly review.

In the fall of 1999, the Queen's University response was to put its new ethics review process in place, through the creation of a university-wide General Research Ethics Board (GREB), and a series of unit Research Ethics Boards (unit REBs). The Education Research Ethics Board (EREB) is the unit REB for the Faculty of Education. Through the GREB and EREB, Faculty of Education ethics submissions go through an ethics review process.

EREB is a service committee within the Faculty of Education that assists faculty and students (both undergraduate and graduate) in preparing ethics submissions for GREB review. EREB plays an enabling role by facilitating the pursuit of our research work in an ethical and timely manner. Submissions are reviewed in light of the TCPS2 "guiding ethical principles" which are:

  • respect for human dignity,
  • respect for free and informed consent,
  • respect for vulnerable persons,
  • respect for privacy and confidentiality,
  • respect for justice and inclusiveness, and
  • balancing harms and benefits.

The role of EREB is not to question research traditions but rather to ensure that the research is able to meet its intended outcome in a manner that reduces and minimizes the risk to both the researcher(s) and the participants.

In order to comply with the TCPS (article 1.5) and GREB policies, EREB conducts the scholarly review at the same time as it conducts the ethical review. For studies that have been reviewed and approved by other external agencies, for example SSHRC, the scholarly review completed by that agency fulfils this requirement. In addition to reviewing submissions, EREB answers questions about research ethics, suggests changes to a study in order to address ethics issues, and makes presentations to B.Ed. and graduate students about research ethics.

Although every effort has been made to ensure accurate information on this website, please keep in mind that ethics policies are constantly being revised by GREB and at the national level.

EREB Committee Members

The Education Research Ethics Board (EREB) committee for 2015/2016 is as follows:

EREB and GREB Submission Dates

EREB Submission Date

EREB Meeting Date

GREB Submission Date

GREB Meeting Date

October 28, 2015 November 6, 2015 November 23, 2015 December 2, 2015  
November 25, 2015 December 4, 2015 December 23, 2015 January 13, 2016  
December 23, 2015 January 8, 2016 January 27, 2016 February 3, 2016  
January 27, 2016 February 5, 2016 February 24, 2016 March 2, 2016  
February 24, 2016 March 4, 2016 March 30, 2016 April 6, 2016  
March 23, 2016 April 1, 2016 April 27, 2016 May 4, 2016  
April 27, 2016 May 6, 2016 May 25, 2016 June 1, 2016  
May 25, 2016 June 3, 2016 June 29, 2016 July 6, 2016  
June 29, 2016 July 8, 2016 July 27, 2016 August 3, 2016  
July 27, 2016 August 5, 2016 August 31, 2016 September 7, 2016  
August 24, 2016 September 2, 2016 September 28, 2016 October 5, 2016  
September 28, 2016 October 7, 2016 October 26, 2016 November 2, 2016  
October 26, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 30, 2016 December 7, 2016  

If you are a student seeking EREB review, please pay attention to the EREB submission date.

If you are a faculty member submitting directly to GREB, you may submit your application anytime.  EREB and GREB submission/meeting dates are for reference only.

Erin Wicklam, Secretary, (A101C) must receive ethics review submissions by 4:30 pm on the submission date to ensure inclusion on the agenda for the next EREB meeting.

Course-Based Research

In 2016, GREB will be introducing a new way of handling Course-Based Research projects. GREB will be introducing a new on-line application form into TRAQ for instructors to complete when their undergraduate and graduate courses involve recruiting human participants. These course-based applications will be reviewed by GREB (not Unit REB's) for ethics clearance and annual renewal. Instructors who have previously submitted ethics applications for their courses should contact GREB Coordinator Gail Irving at irvingg@queensu.ca (78281) to verify that their current courses are grandfathered into the new system. The regular ethics application form must be used by students completing independent study courses and thesis work.