Research Ethics Board

Mohawk College Research Ethics Board Response to COVID-19 – UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2020

In accordance with the guidelines of the public health authorities, Mohawk College has implemented a number of measures in response to the public health situation caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

The MCREB continues to conduct ethical review for all studies. Virtual or remote research is encouraged where appropriate.

Research involving face-to-face/ in-person contact is not recommended at this time. However, limited Research activities involving direct contact/face-to-face interactions may be conducted. If face to face interaction is the only data collection option please see Public Health regulation/requirements. 

If face to face/in-person research is conducted please be aware that the review of your study may take a longer period. Principal Investigators (PIs) are responsible for ensuring that all members of the research team including students follow all public health regulations during the pandemic, to ensure safety of their teams.

Researchers may, also choose to change protocol to conduct research through non-contact methods (e.g., online, or by telephone). If changes will be made to the protocol or consent process to conduct the research through non-contact methods is adapted, researchers should submit an amendment form for REB review. Please contact reb.coordinator [at] for guidance. Additionally, please see the guide on the language to be used in the consent forms

As the current situation is continually evolving, procedures may change. We will update this information as needed.


Maurine Parzen RN, PhD, MCREB Co-Chair
Mahdi Rahimian PhD (Education), MCREB Co-Chair


View the Online Application Guide (Powerpoint)

The Mohawk College Research Ethics Board (MCREB) reviews ethics applications to ensure research studies meet the highest ethical standards of research involving human participants in accordance with Mohawk College’s Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Human Participants Policy PDF and the most current version of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans PDF. All research involving Mohawk College staff, students and Faculty, or their data, must be reviewed by the research ethics board whether occurring at the college or off site.

Please contact the reb.coordinator [at] (MCREB Coordinator )if you have any questions.

REB Submission

Dates for Protocol Submission

Please note: Meetings are NOT held in the months of July and August

Deadline for Full Board Submissions Meeting Dates
December 7, 2020 December 16, 2020
December 31, 2020 January 13, 2021
January 31, 2021 February 10, 2021
February 28, 2021 March 10, 2021
March 31, 2021 April 14, 2021
April 30, 2021 May 12, 2021
May 31, 2021 June 09, 2021

Ethics applications and all supporting documents must be uploaded to the MCREB online review site by the last day of the month before the month of review, e.g. submit by September 30 for review in October. The REB meets once a month from September to June.  During the summer the REB conducts delegated electronic reviews for minimal risk studies.  


The ethics review process can take between 4 to 6 weeks from submission to approval depending on the volume of applications.  Make sure your application form is detailed, complete and signed and that all supporting documents have been included.


Is REB Review Required?

TCPS 2 exempts from REB review quality assurance activities on the basis that such studies do not meet the TCPS 2 definition for research when those activities are “used exclusively for assessment, management or improvement purposes” (Article 2.5).

The A pRoject Ethics Community Consensus Initiative (ARECCI) web-based Ethics Screening Tool can help you determine whether your study requires review by the MCREB.


The Mohawk College Research Ethics Board would like to orient ourselves by acknowledging our gratitude for the Indigenous lands and relationships that have sustained our livelihood on this continent. We acknowledge that this territory is governed by the Dish with One Spoon and Upper Canada Treaty agreements and that our name of Mohawk College comes from the Mohawk Nation which is one of the Six Haudenosaunee Nations united in peace on this territory. We would like to acknowledge that as an Ethics Board we recognize that this territory is still home to a flourishing and vibrant community of Indigenous peoples and we are dedicated to fulfilling our agreement of inclusivity and reverence for their consultation and contributions.