Course-based research involving human participants is a valuable part of students’ research experience. Course-based research may include undergraduate student-initiated projects, and undergraduate or graduate course template protocols. It is vital that such projects be designed and conducted with the same level of professionalism as graduate and faculty research.
The University is responsible for reviewing all course-based research involving human participants. Ethics review of these projects must adhere to the principles outlined in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, 2nd Edition (TCPS2). It is the responsibility of both the student and the supervisor/instructor to understand and comply with federal and University policies governing research involving humans and to submit an ethics protocol.
If you are an undergraduate or graduate course instructor with an assignment that involves human participants, you will need to complete an Undergraduate Course Template Form or Graduate Course Template Form to seek ethics approval for student projects.
If you are an undergraduate student conducting an independent research project for a course, you and your supervisor will need to complete an Undergraduate Ethics Review Protocol Form – Student Initiated Projects.
Several departments and faculties have established their own Delegated Ethics Review Committees (DERCs) to review course-based protocols. The DERC list and contact information are below. Faculty and students conducting course-based research requiring ethics review in all other units should submit a protocol to Ethics Review at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course-based research reviewed through a DERC must be minimal risk. In exceptional circumstances if a unit supports higher risk course-based research, protocols must be submitted for ethics review through the appropriate Research Ethics Board (REB).
Delegated Ethics Review Committees for Course-based Research*
Department/Faculty (course prefixes)
|St. George Campus|
|Anthropology (ANT)||Holly Wardlowemail@example.com|
|Engineering (AER, APS, BME, CHE, CIV, ECE, MIE, MSE)||Laura De BartoloHans Kunovfirstname.lastname@example.org@utoronto.ca|
|Environmental Studies (ENV)||David Powellemail@example.com|
|Geography (GGR)||Alana Bolandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Linguistics (LIN)||Alana Johnsemail@example.com|
|Management (MGT)||Geoffrey LeonardelliScott Hawkinsfirstname.lastname@example.org@rotman.utoronto.ca|
|Pharmacy (PHM, PHC)||Paul Grootendorstemail@example.com|
|Physical Education and Health (PHE)||Jack Goodmanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Political Science (POL)||Melissa Williamsemail@example.com|
|Psychology (PSY)||Morgan Barensefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sociology (SOC)||Charles Jonesemail@example.com|
|Toronto School of Theology (TST)||Abrahim (Ivan) Khanfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)||All UTM departments||Carla DeMarcoemail@example.com|
|University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)||Anthropology||Girish Daswanifirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Centre for Critical Development Studies||Ken MacDonaldemail@example.com|
|Political Science||Dan Leefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Manager, Research Operations||Debbie Bilinskiemail@example.com|
* Faculty and students conducting course-based research requiring ethics review in all other units should submit a protocol to firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Report for DERC Administrators.