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Undergraduate and graduate courses including Directed Studies that require or permit students to participate in research projects as part of their training or for the purpose of assessment, must receive ethics approval before the course begins. SFU Policy R20.01 makes the relevant Chair, Director or Dean responsible for Course Applications. However, an instructor for a course may request approval of the Course, subject to approval of the Chair, Director or Dean.

Students who wish to use data collected under a Course Approval or wish to continue with a research project started under a Course Approval, must contact the Office of Research Ethics to find out if a new application is needed. In most cases, a new application will be required.

  1. Go to the Ethics Database via: http://researchethics.its.sfu.ca:8181.
  2. Sign in to access the landing page
    A screenshot of the ethics database application showing the new study screen
  3. Select “New Course” in order to create a new course application 
  4. Complete the selected fields, including the following information:
    1. description of the course;
    2. the course outline;
    3. a general description of the type(s) of research projects that are likely to be part of the course;
    4. a template for the Consent form to be used by students in the course;
    5. an undertaking that the only type of research to be conducted is minimal-risk;
    6. the means by which the students in the course are made familiar with the appropriate ethical standards articulated by this Policy and TCPS-2, with copies of printed materials;
    7. the means by which students submit their research plans to the instructor(s);
    8. the means by which those plans are assessed and approved by the instructor(s);
    9. the means by which the conduct of the in-course student research projects is monitored; and
    10. other relevant information.
      A screenshot of the research ethics app highlighting the course prefix, course number, department information, title of course, course instructors and course description fields
  5. To review existing applications, select "Courses List"
    A screenshot of the ethics database application highlighting the courses list link
  6. Approval from the relevant Chair, Director or Dean will be sought by the SFU ORE prior to approving the course application 
Last updated: March 6, 2020