Research is an essential component of the mission of Redeemer University College, and the University has a responsibility to ensure that the highest ethical standards are met in the conduct of research involving human and animal participants.

Redeemer University College endorses the principles set out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2 2014).

Policies and procedures are posted internally on Redeemer’s Portal. Our Integrity in Research and Scholarship policy is available here to view. For more information, please contact the Research Office.

For Students

As a student of Redeemer, you may have the opportunity to engage in research in a particular class or with a faculty member. If you are working with a professor in a class on a research project involving humans, or conducting research for your honours thesis, you will need to complete a research ethics application. Please speak to your course instructor regarding the appropriate form to fill out.

For Researchers

Faculty and staff who wish to conduct research with human or animal subjects must comply with Redeemer’s Research Ethics Review Policy. The primary investigator must follow these steps:

  • Fill out a Research Ethics Application form.
  • Ensure that all researchers on the project have completed the Tri-Council CORE Policy Tutorial, and submit all certificates with the application form. The CORE tutorial is comprised of ten modules, and may take a few hours to complete.
  • Should the research continue past one year, complete a Research Ethics Renewal Application. If the project has changed significantly, submit a revised Research Ethics Application.
  • Once the research is complete, notify the Research Office so that the file may be closed.

All forms must be submitted to the Research Office. Forms and policies can be found on the Portal.

Failure to abide by Redeemer’s Research Ethics Review policy and procedures may result in an investigation or disciplinary action, as per the Integrity in Research and Scholarship policy.


All research ethics applications are reviewed by the members of the Research Ethics Review Committee (RERC):

Dr. Lindsey Short (Chair)
Prof. Laurie Busuttil (faculty representative, business)
Dr. Jane Sinden (faculty representative, physical education)
Dr. Christina Belcher (faculty representative, education)
Dr. Doug Needham (faculty representative, psychology)
Dr. Gene Haas (ethics specialist)
For information, please contact:

Dr. Lindsey ShortLindsey Short, Chair
P: 905-648-2139 ext. 4249
Matthew VanAmerongen, Research Officer
P: 905-648-2139 ext. 4492