Policies and guidelines
A quick reference for all the institutionally-approved policies and guidelines related to research and graduate studies.
All research projects carried out by individuals associated with Concordia University must conform with institutional approved policies and guidelines including those specific to research.
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Concordia University recognizes the essential role of diversity in fostering excellence by improving learning, advancing research, inspiring creativity, driving productivity and enhancing the experience and morale of the entire institution. We value and embrace the complexity of diversity, including but not limited to personal and social identities, perspectives, ideologies and traditions, and endeavour to cultivate the skills necessary to integrate and harness this complexity in order to effectively lead and innovate in society. We strive to cultivate an educational environment where all students, faculty and staff feel connected to the institution by seeing their experiences reflected in our curriculum, programming, partnerships and scholarship. We understand that diverse peoples and communities require different supports, acknowledgements, accommodations and considerations in order to fully participate in the livelihood of the Concordia community and address historical and contemporary inequalities in Canadian and global society. We commit to fostering all of these cornerstones of diversity as integral elements of the next-generation university.
In support of our commitment to EDI, as well as making it an institutional priority, Concordia has formed the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, chaired by the Special Advisor to the Provost, Campus Life, and which includes representation from faculty, students, and staff. The Group is developing definitions for equity, diversity and inclusion for use by the wider university community.
In addition to the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan for the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program, and accompanying appendices, the Office of the Provost and Vice President, Academic has created the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan for faculty hiring, retention and development to guide the creation of infrastructure needed to support faculty recruitment and retention. The Plan’s main objectives are to implement evidence-based EDI best practices for the recruitment and retention of faculty and academic administrators; develop, implement and regularly adapt surveys for Concordia’s professorial corps and pool of applicants to faculty positions about their membership from underrepresented groups with the aim of establishing minimum representation targets for our professorial corps, and timelines to meet them; and raise awareness within the university community of the importance of diversity and inclusion for the success of our mission and of the role that all and each of us have to play to support it. Currently in draft form, the Plan will be widely distributed and implemented once final.
To support the implementation of the plan, the position of Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion includes a special focus on EDI within the professorate. The Vice-Provost, along with the Senior Lead, Equity and Diversity and the Manager, Academic Leadership and Inclusion, develop, implement, monitor and advance equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives affecting the professorial corps. A particular priority has been the mandatory, and customized, EDI training for hiring committees composed for Canada Research Chair appointments.
Specific measures in the research sector include the implementation of training on unconscious bias for Faculty Research Committees and the University Research Committee (URC) as adjudicators of letters of intent for both Canada Research Chair and Concordia University Research Chair (CURC) allocations. Additionally, requests for CRCs have to specifically include EDI measures as these relate to recruiting a diverse pool of applicants. The allocation of CURCs has historically placed an emphasis on gender balance and this has been expanded to ensure that representation from the four designated groups is considered.is meant to both guide and provide the tools necessary to enable the community to move the university towards a more equitable and inclusive future. The Plan
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan for the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program (revised September 2019, pending Senate approval) and Appendices
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Action Plan for the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program (approved by Senate in January 2018).
Details on the Canada Research Chairs program (CRCP) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices can be found on the CRCP website.
EDI-related concerns and complaints
There is more than one avenue available to chairholders/faculty who may wish to lodge an equity-related complaint. There is either the university’s Office of Rights and Responsibilities, which administers the Code of Rights and Responsibilities, or the Ombuds Office, which has the mandate of assisting in the informal resolution of concerns and complaints related to the application of all university policies, rules and procedures.
The Code of Rights and Responsibilities is the university’s policy on behaviour and provides a mechanism for members (faculty, staff and students) to file complaints related to discrimination and/or harassment based on the grounds specified in the Quebec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms (race, religion, gender identity, etc.). It also specifies the procedures for resolving these complaints (e.g. Section IX). The Ombuds Office conducts independent and objective inquiries into complaints that have already exhausted the usual avenues for grievance and appeals. Following the inquiry, the Ombudsperson will recommend solutions to help resolve concerns and complaints as well as recommend improvements to university policies, rules and procedures that are unclear or unfair.
Beyond what is mentioned above, all equity, diversity and inclusion concerns and requests for guidance and/or counseling can be brought to or reported to Concordia’s Senior Lead, Equity and Diversity:
Dr. Mark Andrew Galang Villacorta
Senior Lead, Equity and Diversity
Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Tel: 514-848-2424, ext. 4875
1550 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Suite GM-806.27
Montreal, QC H3G 1N2
Any equity, diversity and inclusion complaints may be reported to:
Dr. Nadia Hardy
Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion
Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Tel: 514-848-2424, ext. 4323
1550 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W., Suite GM-806.08
Montreal, QC H3G 1N2
Current CRC job postings
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Cellular Systems Design
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Intervention
- Canada Research Chair Tier II (CIHR) in Clinical Omics and Diagnostics
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Computational Physics (Biomedical Physics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter, Quantum Materials)
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Indigenous Oral Tradition and Oral History
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Media and Migration
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Corporate Social Responsibility
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Pervasive Computing for Healthy Aging
- As per the Concordia University Policy on Research Chairs, Canada Research Chairs are not available for existing faculty.
Archived CRC job postings
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Critical Disability Studies and Media Technology
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Molecular Biophysics in Human Health
- Canada Research Chair Tier II in Future Fibers and Experimental Textile Structures
Research Involving Human Subjects
- Policy for the Ethical Review of Research Involving Human Participants
- Procedures for the Ethical Review of Research Involving Human Participants
- TCPS 2—2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
- EPTC 2 — 2e édition de l'Énoncé de politique des trois Conseils : Éthique de la recherche avec des êtres humains
- The TCPS 2 Tutorial: Course on Research Ethics (CORE)
- Le didacticiel EPTC 2 : Formation en éthique de la recherche (FER)
- Online Ethics Training Tutorial offered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH): “Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams.” An overview of some of the fundamental ethical principles of the protection of human participants, including historical background and case studies.
- Inter-Agency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE). Advises on the development, evolution, interpretation and implementation of the TCPS.
- National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR). Among other things, hosts a listserv discussing questions of policy and practice relating to research ethics, and a directory of Canadian research ethics boards (REBs).
Research Involving Animals
- Research Support Fund Performance Objectives 2019-2020
- Research Support Fund Public Acknowledgement (May 2019)
- Research Support Fund Performance Outcomes 2018-2019
Documents from previous years:
- Research Support Fund Performance Objectives 2018-2019
- Research Support Fund Public Acknowledgement (May 2018)
- Research Support Fund Performance Outcomes 2017-2018
- Research Support Fund Performance Objectives 2017-2018
- Research Support Fund Public Acknowledgement (April 2017)
- Research Support Fund Performance Objectives 2016-2017
- Research Support Fund Performance Outcomes 2016-2017
- Research Support Fund Public Acknowledgement (April 2016)
- Research Support Fund Performance Outcomes 2015-2016
- Research Support Fund Performance Objectives 2015-2016
- Research Support Fund Public Acknowledgement (April 2015)
- Federal Indirect Costs Program Public Acknowledgement (April 2014)
- Policy on Research Units and Infrastructure Platforms
- Procedures for Research Units and Infrastructure Platforms
- Program for Infrastructure Support for Research Units
- Policy on Research Chairs
- Procedures and Guidelines for Research Chairs
- CURC Program Post-Award Administrative Guidelines
- Policy on Conflicts of Interest in Research
- Conflicts of Interest Policy Disclosure Report Form
- Policy for the Inquiry and Investigation of Allegations of Research Misconduct
- Procedures for the Inquiry and Investigation of Allegations of Research Misconduct
- Policy on Indirect Costs from Research Funding Agencies Accredited by SIRU *
- Policy on Indirect Costs Recovery from Research Funding Agencies not Accredited by SIRU
- Policy on Contract Research | Contract Research Handbook (April 2013)
- Policy on Postdoctoral Fellows
- Policy on the Administration of CIDA Grants
- Policy on Intellectual Property
- Intellectual Property – CUFA agreement Article 27 *
- Policy on the Treatment of Deficits in Research Accounts
- Employment of Research Personnel Hired by Grant Recipients Policy
- Plan for Operation and Maintenance of CFI-Funded Infrastructure
* Policies in development (will be available soon).