Research Ethics Board
SAIT's Research Ethics Board (REB) promotes and facilitates the conduct of research in ways that respect the dignity and preserve the well-being of human participants.
What is the Research Ethics Board?
SAIT's Research Ethics Board (REB) approves, rejects, proposes modifications to, or terminates any proposed or ongoing research which is subject to REB review in order to protect human research participants. The REB’s analyses and decision-making is guided by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (often referred to as the TCPS 2), created by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC).
The Terms of Reference for the REB can be found under AC.4.4.1 Research Requiring Ethics Review, Schedule A: SAIT Research Ethics Board.
Programs and Curriculum Applied Research
Programs and Curriculum
‘Researcher’ as defined in AC.4.4.1 Research Requiring Ethics Review, is “any member of the SAIT community or any person external to the SAIT community who conducts or carries out research using SAIT resources and/or formally using members of the SAIT community as human participants. This includes but is not limited to researchers carrying out scholarly activity, applied research, and/or research under the terms of a Cadmus Trades Teaching Chair award or a Cisco e-Learning Chair award.”
If you are a researcher according to the above definition, you can find more information about if your project requires Research Ethics Board (REB) approval in AC.4.4.1 Research Requiring Ethics Review, B: Obtaining REB Approval.
See AC.4.4.1 Research Requiring Ethics Review, F. Review of Off-Campus Research and G. Review of Multi-Centered Research if your project will be conducted off-campus or at multiple sites.
To request ethical review for research being carried out on SAIT premises and/or involving SAIT faculty, staff and/or students, you must apply online through ROMEO. ROMEO is the online management system used at SAIT to manage human research ethics submissions.
ROMEO account sign-up:
If you encounter any problems or need help with ROMEO, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Research Ethics Board (REB) meets on the last Monday of each month, with the exception of July and August. Applications are not reviewed in July or August and any applications received after the June submission deadline will be held over to the September meeting. Your application must be submitted two weeks before the monthly meeting to allow adequate time for review. As per the SAIT Research Requiring Ethics Review Procedure AC 4.4.1, the REB shall make a decision no more than 45 days from the receipt of a properly completed application.
|Proposal submission deadlines||Research Ethics Board meeting dates|
|Jan. 10, 2020||Jan. 27, 2020|
|Feb. 7, 2020||Feb. 24, 2020|
|March 6, 2020||March 23, 2020|
|April 10, 2020||April 27, 2020|
|May 8, 2020||May 25, 2020|
|May 29, 2020||June 15, 2020|
|Sept. 11, 2020||Sept. 28, 2020|
|Oct. 9, 2020||Oct. 26, 2020|
|Nov. 6, 2020||Nov. 23, 2020|
|Nov. 27, 2020||Dec. 14, 2020|
|Jan. 8, 2021||Jan. 25, 2021|
|Feb. 5, 2021||Feb. 22, 2021|
|March 5, 2021||March 22, 2021|
|April 9, 2021||April 26, 2021|
|Apr. 30, 2021||May 17, 2021|
|May 28, 2021||June 14, 2021|
|Sept. 10, 2021||Sept. 27, 2021|
|Oct. 8. 2021||Oct. 25, 2021|
|Nov. 5, 2021||Nov. 22, 2021|
|Nov. 26, 2021||Dec. 13, 2021|
|Jan. 7, 2022||Jan. 24, 2022|
|Feb. 11, 2022||Feb 28, 2022|
|March 11, 2022||March 28, 2022|
|April 8, 2022||April 25, 2022|
|April 29, 2022||May 16, 2022|
|May 27, 2022||June 13, 2022|
No, the Research Ethics Board (REB) must retain its objectivity by not assisting with research project planning or application preparation. If one of your colleagues is a member of the REB and you consult with them, they will be required to remove themselves from the review of your individual application due to conflict of interest concerns.
SAIT’s Centre for Learning and Teaching (CLT) can consult with you about your research. Within CLT, Diane Janes ( email@example.com) should be your first point of contact.
If your research is being conducted in partial fulfillment for an educational credential such as a Master’s or Doctorate, your academic supervisor should be your primary resource.
- Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2): the policy with which all applications must comply.
- Panel on Research Ethics: This panel is responsible for the TCPS policy
- Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
- Ethical Considerations for Dual-Role Research: an article titled "Conducting Research with Students in your own Classroom." This document is an excellent resource for instructors considering research with their own students as participants.
- Alberta Innovates ARECCI Screening Tool: this is a tool which assists a researcher in determining if their research should go through the REB process.
- Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards
All inquiries for the Research Ethics Board should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org