Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

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 TCPS2 (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:

Required for all Submissions

The following documents must be uploaded to ROMEO/TRAQ under the attachments section in order to complete your application:

  • Email or letter from supervisor indicating application is ready for review by EREB/GREB (for student applications only)
  • LOI/Consent Form
  • Supporting Materials (Recruitment scripts, surveys, interviews, protocols, etc.)
  • CORE Certificate (for student applications only)

Sample LOI's and consent forms are also on the GREB website.

EREB and GREB Submission Dates

EREB Submission Date

EREB Meeting Date

GREB Submission Date

GREB Meeting Date

December 21, 2016 January 6, 2017 January 25, 2017 February 1, 2017  
January 25, 2017 February 3, 2017 February 22, 2017 March 1, 2017  
February 22, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 29, 2017 April 5, 2017  
March 29, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 26, 2017 May 3, 2017  
April 26, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 31, 2017 June 7, 2017  
May 24, 2017 June 2, 2017 June 28, 2017 July 5, 2017  
June 28, 2017 July 7, 2017 July 26, 2017 August 2, 2017  
July 26, 2017 August 4, 2017 August 30, 2017 September 6, 2017  
August 30, 2017 September 8, 2017 September 27, 2017 October 4, 2017  
September 27, 2017 October 6, 2017 October 25, 2017 November 1, 2017  
October 25, 2017 November 3, 2017 November 29, 2017 December 6, 2017  
November 22, 2017 December 1, 2017 TBA TBA  

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 Rennie, 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.

Instructor Course-Based Research

Further to the Bi-Annual Ethics Update from the General Research Ethics Board circulated December 17, 2015, the new GREB - Instructor Course-Based Research Assignment Application form has been turned on as active in ROMEO/TRAQ.

This form is to be used only by Instructors who wish to oversee the conduct of course-based student research assignments, in accordance with the Students Course-Based Research Assignment Guidelines (available on the GREB website, under "Course-Based Research".

Please note that applications by instructors for course-based research assignments that have already been submitted and approved using the General Research Ethics Board Application Form for Ethics Clearance will be grandfathered into the system, and those instructors will not be required to re-apply using the new form.  However, all new applications for course-based research assignments must be submitted on the new application form. 

Instructors can access the new form following the same steps as the standard form, i.e. Log-in to Research Portal, click on "APPLY NEW", "New Application Forms" and use the form "GREB - Instructor Course-Based Research Assignment Application".