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Ethics Review is required for all research activities involving living human participants. The Providence Senate Ethics Committee is responsible to review research proposals according to the Terms of Reference below.
Please submit your application well in advance of when you plan to begin your research. The Committee meets 3 times annually, after each Feb 1, May 1 and Oct 1. You can anticipate receiving your initial response within 2-3 weeks of these dates.
Questions? Contact a member of the Senate Ethics Committee:
As Christian scholars engaged in research on human subjects, researchers at Providence University College & Theological Seminary are called to maintain the highest ethical standards in order to affirm and protect the inherent dignity both of ourselves and of our subjects as much as possible. While we hold this conviction in common with all such researchers, of whatever faith conviction or none, we do have specifically Christian reasons, namely: first, because all human beings are created in the image of God and are therefore to be treated with care and kindness, to acknowledge and preserve their inherent dignity; and second, because all human beings—researchers and subjects alike—have fallen from this position, the potential for the misuse and/or abuse of findings and subjects alike is, sadly, to be expected. In recognition of our inherent human dignity as creatures of God and the honest acknowledgement of our fallen state as sinners, we therefore commit ourselves, our students and our institution to maintenance of the highest ethical standards as set out below.
Research Involving Humans
The Ethics Committee becomes the Research Ethics Board once a proposal has been received for consideration. In the former role, it determines policy; in its latter, it applies it. In theory, these could be two different groups; in practice, we are too small a body to implement this distinction at this time
For all research involving humans, Providence University College and Theological Seminary and its Research Ethics Board (REB) has adopted the standards specified in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans for its evaluation and approval of research studies. It is the role of the Providence REB to ensure that proposals for research and all research projects satisfy the minimum standards outlined by the Tri-Council Policy Statement. Any research involving humans must first be evaluated and approved by the REB prior to commencement.
Integrity in Research and Scholarship
Consistent with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship, Providence University College and Theological Seminary recognizes the need for the highest standards of integrity, accountability, and responsibility in research and scholarship activities. In keeping with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Integrity in Research and Scholarship, Providence University College and Theological Seminary adheres to the following principles and responsibilities:
Investigating Allegations of Misconduct in Research and Scholarship
Should an allegation of misconduct arise, it should be brought directly to the Providence Ethics Review Board whose charge it will be to form an appropriate impartial and accountable response in keeping with Tri-Council policies. (See excerpt below from http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/NSERC-CRSNG/Policies-Politiques/tpsintegrity-picintegritie_eng.asp)
"Allegations may arise from anonymous or identified sources within or outside the research institution; the allegations may be well founded, honestly erroneous or mischievous. Whatever their source, motivation or accuracy, such allegations have the potential to cause great harm to the persons accused, to the accuser, to the institution, and to research and scholarship in general. Each Council requires each research institution that administers its funds to demonstrate that appropriate impartial and accountable procedures have been established to:
Categories of Expansion
There will be instances when the REB will seek outside help in their evaluation of research proposals. Such instances include the following:
Conflict of Interest
If a member of the REB is reviewing research in which a member has a personal interest in the research under review (e.g., as a researcher or as an entrepreneur), conflict of interest principles require that the member not be present when the REB is discussing or making its decision. The member may disclose and explain the conflict of interest and offer evidence to the REB, provided the conflict is fully explained to the REB, and the proposer of the research has the right to hear the evidence and to offer a rebuttal.
The TOR will be reviewed annually in May to ensure that they continue to adhere to the latest standards set by the policies of the Tri-Council.
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