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Queen's University

Ethics Review

All research proposals, funded or not, that involve humans require review and approval.  Research relating to any discipline at Queen's except biomedical disciplines with be directed to the General Research Ethics Board (GREB).

For course-based research projects (either at undergraduate or at graduate level) the DEVs Unit Research Ethics Board (REB) will normally approve the protocol unless it is of medium or high risk and higher ethics concern.  In these cases, the course-based research project will be forwarded to the GREB for review.  The project approval must be communicated to the student in writing. 

All protocols of faculty, graduate theses and post-graduate student projects will be reviewed by the Unit REB.  After the researcher has satisfied the Unit REB's questions or concerns, the application is approved and sent to the GREB with either a recommendation for expedited or full review.  The GREB Chair will review the file and, based on an Evaluation of Level of Risk and Ethics Concern, will recommend either expedited review or full review. 

NB: All projects involving Aboriginal Peoples must be forwarded to the GREB for review.

DEVS REB process

All submissions to REB must be done on-line, through the ROMEO Human Ethics Application program, run by the Queen's Office of Research Services:

Although ROMEO will generate an email prompt that a new application has been received, students should also send an email to the DEVS REB Chair to let the Chair know that the application has been posted online.

The DEVS REB Chair will make best efforts to expedite applications.  However, it is vital that you provide enough turnaround time for the internal REB process and GREB review, particularly if you are dealing with sensitive issues and vulnerable populations.

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