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Ethics - For Students

If research involves human subjects, then it will likely require an ethical review by the Royal Roads University Research Ethics Board or one of its sub-committees.

The RRU Research Ethics Policy (PDF) gives specific guidance on identifying research that requires ethical review. This policy applies to the conduct of research and scholarship by all faculty, staff, research associates, research assistants, visiting scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, regardless of the present source of their salary or stipend.

You can download a Request for Ethical Review Form in Word format.

Please review the RRU Policy on Integrity and Misconduct in Research and Scholarship.

Also see the diagrams for:

You can also consult the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and, if you wish, you can take the "Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics' Introductory Tutorial".

Contact Colleen Hoppins in the Office of Research for further clarification on ethical reviews at 250.391.2600, ext. 4206, or colleen.hoppins@royalroads.ca. The Research Ethics Coordinator and the Research Ethics Reviewer are located in 307 Millward. 

The role of the Research Ethics staff is to:

  • support the implementation of the RRU Research Ethics Policy with respect to research involving human participants;
  • guide faculty and learners with the preparation of their ethical review submissions;
  • provide education on research ethics standards for learners who are embarking on their research;
  • review all ethics applications that are sent to the Research Ethics Board;
  • assist with the administration of the ethical review process for research involving human participants;
  • represent the Research Ethics Board at RRU and externally on matters related to research that involves human participants; and
  • remain current regarding developments at the Tri-Council level or elsewhere as to ethical review standards and procedures.

Research Ethics Board

  • Dr. Niels Agger-Gupta, School of Leadership Studies
  • Asmanahi Antoine, Indigenous Education and Student Services
  • Dr. Mary Bernard, Associate Vice President Research and Faculty Affairs
  • Dr. Kathy Bishop, School of Leadership Studies
  • Dr. Tony Boydell, School of Environment and Sustainability
  • Dr. Kenneth Christie, School of Humanitarian Studies
  • Dr. Catherine Etmanski, School of Leadership Studies
  • Mr. Art Hamilton, External Member
  • Dr. Doug Hamilton, School of Education and Technology
  • Dr. Brigitte Harris, School of Leadership Studies
  • Dr, Elizabeth Hartney, School of Leadership Studies
  • Dr. matthew heinz, Dean, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences
  • Dr. William Holmes, Faculty of Management
  • Dr. Myer Horowitz OC, External Member
  • Dr. Ingrid Katjzer Mitchell, School of Business
  • Dr. Leslie King, School of Environment and Sustainability
  • Dr. Rick Kool, School of Environment and Sustainability
  • Dr. Ryan Lee, Faculty of Management
  • Dr. Hilary Leighton, School of Environment and Sustainability
  • Dr. Deb Linehan, External Member
  • Dr. Kathleen Manion, School of Humanitarian Studies
  • Dr. Pedro Márquez, Vice President Global Advancement, Marketing and Business Development, REB Chair
  • Mary-Anne Neal, Associate Faculty, Division of Education Studies
  • Dr. Chaseten Remillard, School of Communication and Culture
  • Dr. Wendy Rowe, School of Leadership Studies
  • Dr. Bernard Schissel, REB Chair
  • Barbara Stoddard, School of Leadership Studies
  • Dr. Phillip Vannini, School of Communication and Culture
  • Dr. George Velestianos, School of Education and Technology
  • Dr. Dennis Wong, Asia Academic Director, International Programs

Dr. Phillip Vannini, School of Communication and Culture