Research Ethics Board

Supervisors of Research

This section is designed to offer supervisory support and blended skill development to both experienced supervisors of student research and those new to submitting their work for research ethics review together with their students.  It aims to answer the collection of questions routinely received from supervisors.

SMU Resources relating to Supervisory Responsibilities:

Educational Resources to Provide to Classes

Research students complete the TCPS 2 Course on Research Ethics (CORE) as part of course requirement.  This online tutorial, designed by the Panel of Research Ethics, provides an applied approach to the guidance provided in TCPS 2.  It is a self-paced course, media-rich learning experience that features interactive exercises and multi-disciplinary examples.  CORE consists of 8 modules ranging from Core Principles to REB Review.  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.  Work can be saved and learners can return to their modules at another time.  Students and faculty should specifically identify "Saint Mary's University" as their home institution at registration.

The Office of Research Ethics has copies of the CORE course pack available to faculty members to assist with their planning and time management.  Please contact the office for guidance and to obtain your copy.

Please contact the Office of Research Ethics (, 420-5728, Atrium 202) to request an 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 can be tailored to suit the class schedule.

Submission for student research and their subsequent communication must come from the faculty supervisor. Requests received from students only cannot be accepted by the REB.

Directions to provide to student researchers:

Directions to provide to graduate students conducting multi-jurisdictional research:

Frequently visited TCPS 2 Articles

Chapter 2: Scope and Approach

Chapter 3: The Consent Process


Chapter 5: Privacy and Confidentiality


Chapter 7: Conflicts of Interest


Chapter 8: Multi-jurisdictional Research

Chapter 10: Qualitative Research