Ethics Review

All research conducted at St. Stephen's College that involves human participants must receive research ethics review and approval before research commences. The Academic Senate of St. Stephen's College requires all ethics review for research conducted by both St. Stephen's faculty and students to be conducted through the Research Ethics Office (REO) of the University of Alberta. The REO and its Research Ethics Boards (REB) thus coordinates all ethics review for St. Stephen's research, and any appeal of an REB decision is in accordance with the Human Ethics Policy and Procedures of the University. The University of Alberta REO has the authority, in accordance with University standards, to approve, propose revisions to, or deny any proposed or ongoing research on the part of St. Stephen's faculty and students.

As of June 1, 2019, all new applications for ethics review may be accomplished in either of two ways:

  1. In most instances, St. Stephen's researchers will submit an application for ethics review through the University of Alberta Research Ethics and Management Online (REMO), following the procedures outlined by the Research Ethics Office. Application instructions are linked below. Or,
  2. In some instances, St. Stephen's researchers may be required to obtain ethics approval from an institution other than the University of Alberta REO (eg. an educational, health care, or service agency). In such cases, the researcher must submit to the Dean of St. Stephen's College proof of the final research ethics approval received from the REO (or equivalent body) of that institution before commencing research at St. Stephen's College.

Application Links and Documents

Proof of ethics approval will be kept on file in the Office of the Dean. Please note: St. Stephen's College reserves the right to request review of all research proposals, whether or not approved by an outside institution.

Research involving human subjects that has not received ethics approval as noted above shall not be undertaken. Failure to comply with this provision on the part of students or faculty may constitute academic misconduct.