Simon Fraser University is committed to ensuring the highest level of ethical conduct for research involving human participants and to following the guidelines outlined in the Tri-Council Policy Statement, Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

This website is intended to provide information to SFU Faculty, staff and employees to help in the completion and submission of research ethics applications to the Office of Research Ethics and the SFU Research Ethics Board.




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.

May 18, 2014

If you have questions about the ethics review process, it is likely another person did as well! ORE staff have put together some common questions with our answers to help researchers with completing their ethics applications and inquiries here at SFU. Please refer to our FAQs page here for all the latest advice and suggestions.

Here are the three latest:

May 7, 2014

Please note, the office is experiencing a very high volume of applications. Please expect at least two to three weeks from submission to review and approval. If you have any questions, please contact dore@sfu.ca.

February 3, 2014

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Holly Longstaff

While Dr Shafey is on parental leave, please see Dr. Holly Longstaff for ethics-related queries and requests for education and training.

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.

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