Research Ethics Board

Research Ethics Education

There are many options available for learning about research ethics:

University Community

The SMU Research Ethics Board highly encourages faculty and students to attend the information sessions that are held throughout the academic year, especially if it is your first time completing a research ethics application form, you had trouble filling out your research ethics form before, or you are doing new research and are unsure how to conduct it ethically, need a refresher or have worries. 

The learning objectives of the sessions are:

  • To understand the core ethical principles relating to research conduct
  • To become familiar with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Human Participants (TCPS 2), and SMU REB policies and guidelines as they pertain to research ethics
  • To understand the ethics application submission requirements
  • To understand the ethics review process at SMU
  • To understand initial and continuing review REB approval requirements
  • To understand how and when to seek help during the ethics review process if needed
  • To familiarize with the available resources


Please contact the Office of Research Ethics (, 420-5728, Atrium 211) to request the information session for your class. Sessions are designed to introduce learners from across all disciplines to ethical issues surrounding research involving human participants.  The duration of the session is tailored to suit the class schedule.

Graduate Students

The annual Graduate Student Orientation includes a presentation covering research ethics.  Please refer to your Graduate Studies Orientation Handbook, Sections 7.0-7.6 for information on the SMU Research Ethics Board's requirements.  If you have any questions, please call or visit the Office of Research Ethics (, 420-5728, Atrium 211).

New Faculty

The annual New Faculty Orientation includes a presentation covering research ethics. Please refer to your New Faculty Orientation Handbook, Sections 10.0-10.6 for information on the SMU Research Ethics Board's requirements.  If you have any questions, please call or visit the Office of Research Ethics (, 420-5728, Atrium 211).

Supervisors and research students complete the online Course on Research Ethics (CORE) tutorial as part of course or supervisory requirement.  The Office of Research Ethics has a number of the course packs of "CORE" available to loan to faculty members who are working on their curriculums and to help with time management and familiarization of the content at the onset, as well as consults on its method of teaching.  The Research Ethics Officer routinely works with faculty members to create a fitting session.  Please contact or drop by the Office of Research Ethics to obtain your copy when needed and for a relating consultation.

Faculty Council

Faculty council meetings include an overview on current events, education and challanges surrounding research ethics and the SMU research community.  Please contact the Research Ethics Officer for an update and feedback.

Online Tutorial

The purpose of the online tutorial Course on Research Ethics (CORE) for the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) is to help educate the research community about the principles, standards and procedures for governing research involving human participants.  It also facilitates the use, interpretation and implementation of the TCPS 2.

CORE provides an applied approach to the guidance provided in TCPS 2.  This self-paced 8 Module course is a media-rich learning experience that features interactive exercises and multi-disciplinary examples.  It is designed primarily for the use of researchers and REB members, though anyone may take this course and print their own Certificate of Completion.

Who should do the tutorial?

  • Researchers
  • Supervisors of Research
  • Research Ethics Board (REB) members and Administrators
  • Research Administrators
  • Students who may undertake research involving humans in the future
  • Faculty members who may supervise student research in the future
  • Actual or potential participants of research
  • Members of the general public
  • Policy Analysts

SMU Research Ethics Board Website

The Research Ethics Board's website is continuously updated with regards to upcoming education sessions and your Frequently Asked Questions. 

Office of Research Ethics

For a consultation, please call or visit the Office of Research Ethics, located in the Atrium Building, Room 202 (, 420-5728).