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 email@example.com.
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).
Please review the Guidelines Manual for further information on requirements of undergraduate research involving humans.
Delegated Ethics Review Committees for Course-based Research*
Department/Faculty (course prefixes)
|St. George Campus|
|Anthropology (ANT)||Holly Wardlowfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Engineering (AER, APS, BME, CHE, CIV, ECE, MIE, MSE)||Laura De BartoloHans Kunovemail@example.com@utoronto.ca|
|Environmental Studies (ENV)||David Powellfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Geography (GGR)||Alana Bolandemail@example.com|
|Linguistics (LIN)||Alana Johnsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Management (MGT)||Geoffrey LeonardelliScott Hawkinsemail@example.com@rotman.utoronto.ca|
|Pharmacy (PHM, PHC)||Paul Grootendorstfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Physical Education and Health (PHE)||Jack Goodmanemail@example.com|
|Political Science (POL)||Melissa Williamsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Psychology (PSY)||Morgan Barenseemail@example.com|
|Sociology (SOC)||Charles Jonesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Toronto School of Theology (TST)||Abrahim (Ivan) Khanemail@example.com|
|University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)||All UTM departments||Carla DeMarcofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)||Anthropology||Girish Daswaniemail@example.com|
|Centre for Critical Development Studies||Ken MacDonaldfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Political Science||Dan Leeemail@example.com|
|Manager, Research Operations||Debbie Bilinskifirstname.lastname@example.org|
* Faculty and students conducting course-based research requiring ethics review in all other units should submit a protocol to email@example.com
Annual Report for DERC Administrators.