The Department Human Research Ethics Committee (DHREC) for Applied Human Sciences reviews all undergraduate and graduate student research with human subjects conducted as part of course requirements to ensure that all projects involving human subjects conducted by students are following the ethical protocol approved by the University.
The members of the DHREC for 2021-2022 are:
- Jamie Conklin (Co-Chair)
- Ola Tjornbo (Co-Chair)
- Rosemary Reilly
- Darla Fortune
- Steven Henle
- Shawn Wilkinson
- Cedric Jamet
The following ethics resources are available for undergraduate course instructors.
Instructors supervising MA or PhD projects (excluding AHSC 698) should refer to and follow the procedures associated with the Disciplinary College.
The following ethics resources are available for student researchers:
- Ethics Guidelines and Instructions for Students
- Guidelines to help you think ethically
- Abbreviated Summary Protocol Form – Undergraduate
- AHSC Sample Consent Form (Institutional) – English
- AHSC Sample Consent Form (Individual) - English
- AHSC Sample Consent Forms (Institutional and Individual) – French
- Ethics Proposal Forms AHSC 670 or 698
Evaluation forms and needs assessments do not fall under the category of data collection; rather they are considered instances of performance review or quality assurance, and are not subject to consent forms. However, if the site insists on certain requirements, such as a consent form from parents, then you must comply with this requirement.
Ethical Practice During Fieldwork or Internships
The ethics committee strongly suggests an institutional consent form, or at least a contract between the student and the organization, in order to have clarity regarding mutual expectations and to protect the student. Students are expected to behave ethically at all times. The following ethics resources are available for fieldwork and internship students:
Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
The Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (TCPS 2) describes the ethics policies of three Canadian research agencies: CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC. These agencies only fund individuals and institutions that comply with this policy on research involving humans.
A tutorial on the TCPS 2 is available: