Research Ethics Board

St. Thomas University endorses the principles set out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS), thus, it has charged its Research Ethics Board (REB) with ensuring that all research involving human participants conducted by anyone employed by or representing St. Thomas University comply with the REB Policy

Before a researcher may proceed with their study, they must submit a complete application to the REB and receive written confirmation that the design of their study is aligned with TCPS guidelines.




2. Select your Application:




Ethics Review Instructions

This process applies to funded and un-funded research conducted by faculty, staff, anyone representing St. Thomas University, and those using institutional resources (email distribution lists, bulletin boards, on-campus groups, etc.) in order to recruit participants from the St. Thomas University Community.


Before a researcher may proceed with recruiting human participants for their study, they must submit a complete application to the REB who will review it for compliance with the TCPS. If the study is deemed to be above minimal risk, the researcher must complete the . If access to research funds is needed prior to gaining ethics clearance, request a .


Samples and Templates

Once a complete application is received, allow 4 weeks for review, depending on the date of submission. After the REB have met, the Chair will communicate their decisions in an electronic letter to the lead researcher (Principle Investigator). Typically, the REB will either request further information, edits to related documents, or it will deem the proposed study to be in compliance with the TCPS.

Once ethical clearance has been granted (approval), the researcher is then free to commence their work and research funds (if any) will be released.


Every year, researchers must communicate the status of their study with the REB in order to continue the study beyond one year of the date of certification.

It is important to complete the before certification expires. Certificates cannot be renewed beyond five years.

To make changes to the design of your study, information letter, consent form, interview questions, etc., first inform the REB of the proposed changes by submitting a .

To report a serious adverse event immediately contact the REB. Call (506) 452-0621 and complete an  and await further instructions.



To close your file, submit an .


REB Members
Dr. Clive Baldwin, REB Chair
Samantha Everett, Research Coordinator
Nicholas Sehl, Community Member

Dr. Donna Curtis Maillet
Dr. Karla O’Regan, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Sandra Thomson, Psychology

Dr. Linda Caissie, Gerontology

REB Meetings

July 18, 2023
September 20, 2023
October 23, 2023
November 21, 2023
January 24, 2024
February 23, 2024
March 22, 2024
April 19, 2024
May 17, 2024
June 21, 2024
July 26, 2024


REB Annual Reports

Samantha Everett
Research Coordinator
(506) 452-0647