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A Brief Introduction to Research Ethics at Simon Fraser University

The Office of Research Ethics has made available a narrated presentation offering an introduction to research ethics at SFU.

*NEW* Zoom Guidance for Conducting Research Online

Please use the below guidance when conducting research with human participants using Zoom. Note that while the guidance is specific to Zoom, similar principles can be applied across most online video conferencing platforms.

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Course on Research Ethics (CORE) Tutorial

This interactive online tutorial takes approximately three hours to complete (longer if you look at all the optional material) and provides an essential orientation to the Tri Council Policy Statement (TCPS2) (2018). It can be completed in your own time and you can enter and exit the tutorial as you have time to work on it.

All graduate students must complete this CORE Tutorial prior to submitting an application for ethical review, and the certificate of completion must be uploaded with the application.


*NEW* Flowchart: Does My Study Require Ethics Approval? 

This infographic breaks down the types of studies that require ethics review, what to submit for an ethics application and the ethics application process. Please continue to check the website for the latest version. 

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*NEW* Ethics resources for graduate students

Checklist for Graduate Students

The ORE has created a ‘Human Ethics Requirements Checklist for Graduate Students’ to help them identify when they need research ethics review. This document is available here.


Custom Lectures

Lectures are available by request for individual departments and courses. Please contact Research Ethics if you are interested.

NOTE: If you are interested in a lecture, seminar or workshop on research ethics, the ORE requires at least 2 weeks advance notice.



The SFU Office of Research Ethics (ORE) conducts regular research ethics workshops for graduate students through the library Research Commons.

These workshops provide a general introduction to the policies that govern research ethics at SFU (R20.01 and TCPS 2 (2018) ), and orients students to the review process, how to maintain confidentiality of participants, and information about study details and consent document requirements. There is also an opportunity to ask questions specifically related to your own project.

Register for the next workshop: TBA


Additional resources

CIHR Ethics Office Education Workbook

The CIHR Ethics Office Education Workbook consists of a Knowledge-to-Action/Ethics framework, and a series of scenarios where an ethics lens is applied and discussed.

The ethics research education resource material is initially intended to assist CIHR’s young investigator and trainee communities to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes to be able to identify and address the ethical issues inherent in their work throughout the research life cycle.

CIHR Ethics Office Education Workbook


Social sciences ethics training

This free online module was created by a team at Macquarie University in Australia to provide ethics training specifically for social scientists. It deals with the distinctive ethical issues that social scientists face in conducting research with human participants. It also has an extensive section on research in Indigenous communities which, although tailored to an Australian context, has insights relevant to Canada.

Register for the Social Sciences Ethics Training module


The Ethics Application Repository (TEAR)

This is an open access, online repository of approved ethics application forms and consent statements hosted by the University of Otago. Although the site is hosted in New Zealand, the repository includes ethics applications from researchers in various parts of the world (NZ, Australia, Canada, USA, etc.). It provides an opportunity to read how researchers have articulated ethical principles in their subject area or methodology. You can search the repository by topic and methodology (e.g. "cancer" or "autoethnography").

Access The Ethics Application Repository (TEAR)

    Last updated: October 28, 2020