Research Ethics

Important Updates for Human Research Ethics Regarding COVID-19

  • To safeguard the health of our community, Principal Investigators conducting research activities on campus or in the field – OR who have hired research assistants who are working from home – must:

    1. Read Research Guidelines in Response to COVID-19.
    2. Adhere to UFV’s research ethics protocols by submitting a request for ethical review or an amendment.
    3. Submit a Research Continuity Plan,‌ and if applicable a Workspace Safety Plan, to If you are planning on doing in person research in a community workplace setting please contact Garry Fehr for guidance.
    4. *HREB applications with in-person research will be conditionally approved until full approval is given from UFV Risk & Safety and uploaded to the HREB application. 
  • The HREB may prioritize ethics review of COVID-19 related protocols and projects. The speed of review will be determined after a preliminary assessment of the application and after speaking with the researcher.
  • Given the global health crisis, all COVID-19 applications are automatically being reviewed by a small subcommittee of the HREB regardless of data collection methods or content. This will not delay review unless it is above minimal risk.
  • Minimal risk, non-essential research will be reviewed as time permits. Above minimal risk research still will follow the regular submission deadlines and will be reviewed on the original HREB meeting dates. Please expect delays on any research deemed non-essential.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Researchers at, or associated with, UFV are required to follow research ethics protocols to ensure their research protects human participants. Primary institutional responsibility for reviewing research involving humans at UFV rests with the Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) and individually with the researchers themselves. UFV expects all researchers to adhere to the principles described in the Research Ethics policy.

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