All applications to conduct research with human participants must be in PDF format and submitted to the Human Research Ethics Board at HREB@twu.ca.

Applications from Trinity researchers MUST be managed through a Trinity email address (@twu.ca or @mytwu.ca).


    Does your project need HREB approval?

    Projects that are in the category of Experiential Education rather than Research do not need HREB approval. Experiential Education is defined as follows:

    Experiential Education is any planned interaction between a student and another person or persons as part of a course assignment.  While there may be a written report of that interaction, the intent of Experiential Education is personal educational enrichment rather than pursuit of a research problem.  As such, any information collected by the student should not be viewed as research data and thus will not be subject to human research ethics review.

    Students doing Experiential Education should be aware that issues of confidentiality and consent are still important and measures should be in place to allow for shielding of identities of other participants and written permissions when identities need to be revealed.

    If you have any questions about whether your project is Experiential Education or Research please contact the HREB.

    Select the correct form

    What is your role? Are you gathering new data for your research project?  Are you working with existing data for your research project?  Are you setting up a research project for your students?  Are you doing this research for a class project? Do you have a supervisor?
    Faculty researcher Use the "Request for Ethical Review" form.  Use the "Request for Ethical Review - Analysis of Existing Data" form.  N/A N/A N/A
    Graduate student  Use the "Request for Ethical Review" form.  Use the "Request for Ethical Review - Analysis of Existing Data" form.  N/A Use the "Request for Ethical Review - Class Project" form. Include the "Supervisor Review Form" with your application.
    Undergraduate student  Use the "Request for Ethical Review - Student" form.  Use the "Request for Ethical Review - Analysis of Existing Data - Student" form.  N/A Use the "Request for Ethical Review - Class Project" form. Include the "Supervisor Review Form" with your application.
    Professor or lab instructor  N/A N/A Use one of the three "Course-based research" forms. N/A N/A

    FACULTY OR GRADUATE THESIS/MAJOR PROJECT RESEARCH

    UNDERGRADUATE THESIs RESEARCH

    Research conducted by a student Primary Investigator must be submitted with a Supervisor Review Form in order to be reviewed by the HREB.

    Instructor Forms

    The following forms are to be used by course instructors to gain approval for research projects where all students complete exactly the same assignment.

    : for research involving human participants who are not students in the instructor's course :

    : for research conducted by interview only :

    : for research involving human participants who are students in the instructor's course :

    Student Forms

    The following forms are to be used by students who wish to do individualized class projects that include an element of research with human participants. The form should be filled out by the students with the Instructor's assistance.

    Research conducted by a student Primary Investigator must be submitted with a Supervisor Review Form in order to be reviewed by the HREB.

    Class Project Template Documents
    Use the following templates to guide you as you write your ethics application for your class-based research project.

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      Guideline documents

      Guidelines for Filling out the Request for Ethical Review Form 

      • Read this document before filling out the Request for Ethical Review Form. It contains important information that will assist you in filling out the application form and help you avoid common mistakes.

      Reviewer's Guide

      • HREB members use this guide when reviewing applications. Reading this document will help you understand the issues considered by the HREB.