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Research Ethics

Purpose and Policies

The purpose of the Research Ethics Board (REB) is to ensure that appropriate standards are followed and to support researchers in their efforts to conduct ethically sound research when research is conducted using humans.  Specific policies and procedures governing Research Ethics Review at KPU can be downloaded below and should be read by all researchers before applying for ethics review.

Unless expressly exempted, all research under the auspices of KPU involving humans requires prior review and approval by the REB. This includes research by those who are not KPU employees or students.

How to Apply for Ethical Review

Romeo Video - for KPU Honours Students

All applications for REB Review are now submitted online through the ROMEO Researcher Portal.  Links to guidelines and instructions for applying for Ethics review through ROMEO can be found below

Multi-jurisdictional Research

KPU researchers collaborating on multi-jurisdictional projects must submit their ​ethics review applications via the Research Ethics BC (REBC)'s Provincial Research Ethics Platform (PREP).

For ethical review of multi-jurisdictional projects, use PREPdo not submit your application in ROMEO. The single, online application process housed within the UBC human ethics module in RISe enables multi-jurisdictional review of research ethics applications. To submit your application for harmonized review in RISe​, review the REBC ​application instructions.

How to register on the Provincial Research Ethics Platform (PREP) 

Free PREP (RISe) tutorials are available online

NOTE: Undergraduate students wishing to apply for Ethics review must have a supervising Faculty member who acts as Principal Investigator on the project.  Applications must be completed and submitted through the Faculty member's ROMEO account. 

REB Members

Name Department
Tara Lyons, Chair Criminology
Ari Goelman Business
Irina Ceric Criminology
Joan Posivy Community member
Katie Warfield Journalism
Paul Adams Biology
Richard Le Grand Psychology