2011 - 2012 Members School of Business
Student Research Ethics Committee (SBSREC)
|A. Danielova, School of Business Chair
|M. Kacker, School of Business
|R. Wu, School of Business
|A.Carruthers, PhD candidate
|M. Zanhour PhD candidate
|tba, MBA Academic Advisor
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Guidelines for Course Based Projects Involving Human Subjects
of Business Guidelines for Determing Whether a Student Project Requires
This policy is intended to
bring the School of Business into conformity with the
Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving
Humans (TCPS). This policy is authored by the Government
of Canada’s Panel on Research Ethics which oversees the development of ethical
policy guidelines for Canada’s three major research funding councils:
the Canadian Institute for Health Research Council; the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council (NSREC); and the Social Sciences and Humanities
Research Council (SSHRC). All quotations and references in this
policy are from that document.
All student projects involving
humans as research subjects must be subjected to ethical review by either
the University Research Ethics Board or a Departmental Research Ethics
(TCPS, Article 2.1) . This includes projects conducted by students
as part of course requirements, even when that student project is supervised
by an individual who is not affiliated with the University. Student
projects requiring review include experimental protocols, projects involving
naturalistic observation, interviews, questionnaires, or secondary use
of data that are not in the public domain. It also extends to research
involving human remains, tissues, biological fluids, or foetuses (TCPS,
2.1 2.2 10.3
The SBSREC shall review projects
conducted by students when it (1) is conducted as part of an MBA or undergraduate
course given by the School of Business and (2) is not part of a faculty
member’s research program already subject to review by any other
(TCPS, Article 6.1). Course student projects that are supervised
by individuals outside the School of Business shall be reviewed by the
SBSREC unless it is subject to review by the University Research Ethics
Board or by another Ethics Board in compliance with the Tri-Council Policy.
Student project research conducted by students and faculty members that
is not part of an undergraduate or an MBA course must be reviewed by the
University Research Ethics Board (and, when relevant, the Ethics Board
of the institution where the student project research will be conducted).
Composition of the SBSREC:
The Committee shall consist
of 3 faculty members, an undergraduate student and an MBA student. While
an undergraduate and MBA student is recommended, in 2007-2008 the committee
recruited two PhD students from the School of Business. Since
the guidelines require that this membership shall encompass expertise
in various methodologies used in business research and in the ethical
issues that arise in such research, one of the faculty members shall
be from the Marketing, Policy and International Business Area, one from
the Human Resources and Management Area, and the third from one other
Area. The Committee is encouraged to consult relevant experts within
and outside the School of Business, as necessary.
The Chair and members (and
any necessary replacements) shall be appointed by the Dean of the School
of Business. Faculty members shall serve for staggered 3-year
terms; students, for 1-year terms. Terms are renewable. Membership
shall be reported to the University Research Ethics Board by the Dean
of the School of Business.
Applications may be made for
generic projects to be conducted by members of a class or for individual
projects. Approval of a generic project for a class by the SBSREC
obviates the need for individual projects in that class to be approved
by the SBSREC separately, so long as they conform to the terms approved
by the SBSREC for the generic project. It is the responsibility
of the course instructor to ensure that all projects in the course meet
those generic terms or to bring them to the SBSREC for specific approval.
Although students may be involved in preparing an application, the final
application must come from and be signed by the supervisor or course instructor.
Student projects may not begin until the SBSREC or the University Research
Ethics Board (if the application has been referred there) has given its
Application forms are available
from the Chair of the School of Business Student Research Committee, or
from the secretariat of the SREC’s in the Office of Research Services.
Applications may be made by E-mail attachment or by submitting 5
hard copies and should be sent to the Chair of the SBSREC, or the secretariat
of the SREC’s well in advance of the date at which the research
is to be started.
Michael Wilson, Ethics Officer,
Office of Research Services
905-525-9140 ext. 23142
Process and Procedures:
In reaching its decisions,
the SBSREC will be guided by the principles outlined in the Tri-Council
Policy, especially the ethical framework described in its introductory
Chapter 3 on the Consent Process, and Chapter 5 on Privacy and Confidentiality.
Applications will be approved
only for the academic year in which they are made. Applications
are valid for renewal for a period of two years, but after that must be
resubmitted. Renewal is contingent on there being no changes to
the ethical concern of the course student project, and can be made by
submitting an annual renewal/progress form.
Whenever possible, the SBSREC
shall make decisions in face-to-face meetings (TCPS, Articles
). However, proposals that fit the Tri-Council’s definition of minimal
risk without the least doubt may be reviewed and approved by E-mail or
mail circulation. Approval requires at least three approving votes.
However, it is anticipated that the SBSREC will normally reach a consensus
and, if necessary, will work with the applicant to improve the initial
If the SBSREC is reviewing
an application in which a SBSREC member has a personal interest, that
member shall not be involved in the decision
(TCPS, Article 7.3) .
The Secretariat of the
Student Research Ethics Committees, from the Office of Research Services,
shall supply clerical support for the SBSREC. Applications, records of
decisions, and minutes of the SBSREC meetings shall be kept for 5 years
TCPS, Article 6.17) . The SBSREC Chair shall prepare an annual report
for the University Board about the proposals reviewed and approved.
The SBSREC may refer an application
to the University Research Ethics Board. Examples of situations in which
referral would be appropriate are research that the SBSREC thinks may
be of more than minimal risk, research involving ethical or legal issues
for which it does not have adequate expertise, and cases for which conflicts
of interest reduce its size to fewer than three members.
Every attempt shall be made
to work with the applicant to reach agreement through discussion, revision,
and reconsideration. When agreement cannot be reached, decisions
of the SBSREC may be appealed to the University Research Ethics Board,
whose decision shall be final.
The SBSREC shall also consider
any other ethical issues that arise which concern research with human
subjects in the context of course teaching.
Adoption, Modification and
These procedures, and any subsequent
changes to them, must be approved by the Faculty of the School of Business
and by the University Research Ethics Board. These procedures shall be
reviewed not later than June 2001 and thereafter, at least once every
Approved by the Faculty of the School of Business and the McMaster
Research Ethics Board December 19, 2000
Update December 14, 2010