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Research has many benefits: it enriches the lives of everyone; it contributes to our understanding of the human body, the human experience, and the world around us. Research involves different disciplines and methodologies, and research involves some degree of risk, as it is a leap into the unknown. St. Lawrence College is dedicated to student success, academic excellence, and leadership in our communities through quality education, experiential learning, and the responsible conduct of research. To support the responsible conduct of research involving human participants at St. Lawrence College, the College established the St. Lawrence College Research Ethics Board (SLC-REB).

The SLC-REB’s mandate is to review the ethical acceptability of all research proposals involving human participants conducted within St. Lawrence College’s jurisdiction and under its auspices in accordance with St. Lawrence College policies and the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans

Research Involving Human Participants

All research involving human participants conducted within the jurisdiction or under the auspices of St. Lawrence College must comply with St. Lawrence College policies (including the Ethical Research Involving Humans and Research Integrity) and the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans. Researchers conducting research projects involving human participants are required to submit a completed SLC-REB Application Form (Researchers) and supporting documents to the reb@sl.on.ca . If you are in doubt as to whether your proposed research project requires SLC-REB approval to proceed, please contact the Research Services Officer, Anthony Wright at awright@sl.on.ca .

SLC-REB Full Board Reviews

Full board reviews are conducted on the 3rd Friday every month (except on July and August). Full board meeting dates and submission dates are posted on our webpage SLC-REB Meeting Dates and Deadlines. For more information contact: SLC-REB at reb@sl.on.ca or call the Research Services Officer, Anthony Wright, at 613-544-5400, ext. 1621.

External Researchers

All external researchers are required to obtain SLC-REB clearance before they can use college resources or begin recruiting any faculty, staff or student as participants at any of the St. Lawrence College campuses. External researchers will be required to submit the SLC-REB Application Form (Researchers).

Department approval will also be required. Go to the SLC webpage Key Staff Contacts to find a champion for your research project. If you want to put up recruitment posters to recruit students you will be required to obtain Student Association approval of your posters from each campus' Student Association.

Multi-Site Research Projects

Multi-site research projects involving multiple colleges in Ontario must first submit an Ontario Community College Multi-Site Research Ethics Board Application to the Heads of Applied Research (HAR) Expert Panel REB for a preliminary review. Applications should be sent to the Expert Panel REB Coordinator at rebcoordinator@sheridancollege.ca .

Once you have obtained the HAR Expert Panel’s Letter of Recommendation you can then submit the Ontario Community College Multi-Site Research Ethics Board Application form to the SLC-REB along with your supporting documents. Applications received with the Expert Panel’s Letter of Recommendation will receive a delegated review by the SLC-REB.

Department approval will also be required. Go to the SLC webpage Key Staff Contacts to find a champion for your research project. If you want to put up recruitment posters to recruit students you will be required to obtain Student Association approval of your posters from each campus' Student Association.

Research Ethics Committee: Psychology (REC-P)

The REC-P is a sub-committee of the SLC-REB with delegated authority to review minimal risk, student thesis research projects in the Bachelor's Degree Program in Behavioral Psychology. The REC-P is convened through the months of September and October and meets weekly as needed. For more information contact: Professor Marie-Line Jobin, Behavioral Psychology, Applied Thesis Coordinator and REC-P Chair. REC-P forms and guidance documents can be found at SLC-REB Submission Forms and SLC-REB Guidelines

Acknowledgment of Course-Based Research (ACBR)

Faculty or students wishing to engage participants in the collection of data for course-based research projects are asked to contact reb@sl.on.ca . The ACBR form and other supporting documents can be found at SLC-REB Submission Forms and SLC-REB Guidelines.

SLC-REB Membership:

J. Morris-Pocock (CHAIR), Ph.D.
Professor, Collaborative BScN, School of Health Sciences, Brockville/Kingston

L. Culleton, BA, RECE
Coordinator, Early Childhood Education, Cornwall

R. Dogra, LL.B, PhD
Professor, Economics, Kingston

L. Inbar, BA (Hons.), MA, JD
Barrister & Solicitor, Community Member

M-L. Jobin, MPs. C. Psych Assoc.
Professor, Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology, Kingston

M. Othman, MD, Ph.D.
Professor, Collaborative BScN, School of Health Sciences, Kingston

A. Ruskin, RGD, BFA, B.DES, M.DES
Professor, Graphic Design, Kingston

Matthew Varrette, BSC, BSW, MSW, RSW 
Social Worker, Community Member, Cornwall

Contact Us:

For applications, guidance and assistance, please contact the Research Services Office:

St. Lawrence College Research Ethics Board,
Applied Research Department
St. Lawrence College
Room 00462, 100 Portsmouth Ave
Kingston, ON. K7L 5A6
613-544-5400, ext. 1621
reb@sl.on.ca