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Research Ethics Board


The Research Ethics Board operates independently from the Applied Research Office and ensures that all Holland College research adheres to the Tri-Council Policy Statement, Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. All research projects involving human subjects, directly or indirectly, funded or unfunded, require review by Holland College’s Research Ethics Board (REB). The REB review process is based on four principles of interaction which include the respect for persons, ensuring no harm to individuals, assessing the benefits to individuals and a fair assessment of the balance of burdens and benefits. The REB Application Form must be completed and submitted electronically to the Applied Research office to initiate the review process.

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Enquiries and clarification on Holland College’s Research Ethics Board's policies and procedures are to be directed to:

Shawn A. MacDougall, M.Sc.
Research Development Officer

Tel: 902-566-9642
Fax: 902-629-4268
Email: samacdougall@hollandcollege.com

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Research Ethics


Holland College ensures all research involving human participants conducted by college researchers adheres to the Tri-Council Policy Statement, Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. All researchers who are conducting any research involving human participants (whether institutional, basic or applied) at Holland College must have their research ethically reviewed prior to the commencement of research.

Research involving human participants must be directed toward the benefit of humanity and the advancement of knowledge. Researchers are to conduct their research as critical and responsible professionals accountable to their research participants, to the society that supports their work, and to their colleagues, students and research institutions.

The ethics review process is based on three core principles:

Holland College’s Applied Research office assists in:

External researchers seeking to use Holland College students or staff as participants for research purposes must submit a formal request to Holland College’s Applied Research Office.

Enquiries and clarification on Holland College’s Research Ethics Board's policies and procedures are to be directed to the Applied Research Office

The Policy


Canada's three federal research agencies, CIHRNSERC and SSHRC, jointly created the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE of the Panel) as part of a collaborative effort to promote the ethical conduct of research involving human participants.

The panel develops, interprets and implements the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) and requires that all faculty, student, staff, funded or unfunded research proposals that involve human participants and fall under the TCPS 2 be brought before the REB for review and approval. Please note that the electronic version of the TCPS 2 is the official version of the Policy.

Holland College advises all prospective researchers to read the Tri-Council Policy Statement and complete the TCPS 2 Course on Research Ethics (CORE) online tutorial. The tutorial will help researchers familiarize themselves with the TCPS 2 and consider their research in this light.