August 18, 2014
Changes in FluidSurvey
FluidSurveys recently announced that they have been acquired by SurveyMonkey and are currently updating their Terms of Service and Privacy Statements to align with SurveyMonkey's policies. Until this process is complete, it is necessary for study teams to inform survey participants that any data they provide in surveys using this platform may be sent outside of Canadian borders, which may increase the risk of disclosure of information because the laws in other countries dealing with protection of personal information may not be as strict as in Canada. The SFU ORE will be updating our documents and forms to reflect this change shortly. In the meantime, study teams may refer to the suggested wording as per the SFU ORE Consent Form Template. "If the study involves an online survey, describe under Confidentiality the location of the survey company’s server and include a description of any associated limits to confidentiality."
July 8, 2014
New Anti-spam legislation and research activities at SFU
Canada’s new federal anti-spamming legislation (CASL) went into effect on July 1st, 2014. This new legislation is designed to prohibit the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) without consent. The legislation also bans the collection of personal information via access to computer systems, and prohibits the unauthorized compiling or supplying of lists of electronic addresses.
The CASL Project Team at SFU has considered how the legislation will affect SFU activities, including research activities. The project team has indicated that research activities are core activities of the university and, as such, are exempt from CASL. For example, they have indicated that electronic messages sent out for the purpose of collecting data, recruiting participants, providing information to the public about research activities, requesting funding for a research project from a funding agency and communicating with other researchers about research activities do not constitute CEMs, and therefore do not need to comply with the legislation. For additional information, please see the list of Frequently Asked Questions provided by IT Services http://www.sfu.ca/itservices/info_security/anti-spam-compliance.html.
November 13, 2013
Amendment Submissions for Thesis Title Changes NOT REQUIRED
The Office of Research Ethics in consultation with the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and The Library Thesis Office has determined that the Title of the Thesis submitted to the Library does not have to match the title of the Letter of Ethics Approval.
Therefore, the Office of Research Ethics will no longer be processing amendments for Title Change Requests if the request is for the purpose of matching the Thesis Title to the Title of Letter of Ethics Approval.