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.
How to log into Queen's Ethics Romeo system: http://www.queensu.ca/ors/researchethics/queensethicsromeo/registrationlogin.html
- Education Research Package, Forms & Instructions
- GREB Instructions and Submission (Required for all submissions)
- Course on Research Ethics (CORE) (Required for all submissions)
- Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy Planning Record (Required for international research)
- Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS): Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (Government of Canada)
EREB Submission Date
EREB Meeting Date
GREB Submission Date
GREB Meeting Date
|December 31, 2014||January 9, 2015||January 26, 2015||February 4, 2015|
|January 28, 2015||February 6, 2015||February 23, 2015||March 4, 2015|
|February 25, 2015||March 6, 2015||March 23, 2015||April 1, 2015|
|March 25, 2015||April 10, 2015||April 27, 2015||May 6, 2015|
|April 29, 2015||May 8, 2015||May 26, 2015||June 3, 2015|
|May 27, 2015||June 5, 2015||June 29, 2015||July 8, 2015|
|June 24, 2015||July 3, 2015||July 27, 2015||August 5, 2015|
|July 29, 2015||August 7, 2015||August 24, 2015||September 2, 2015|
|August 26, 2015||September 4, 2015||September 28, 2015||October 7, 2015|
|September 30, 2015||October 9, 2015||October 26, 2015||November 4, 2015|
|October 28, 2015||November 6, 2015||November 23, 2015||December 2, 2015|
If you are a student or faculty member seeking EREB review, please pay attention to the EREB submission date.
Erin Wicklam, Secretary, (A101C) must receive ethics review submissions by 4:00 pm on the submission date to ensure inclusion on the agenda for the next EREB meeting.
If you are a faculty member submitting directly to GREB, you may submit your application anytime.