Research Ethics Board

Mohawk College Research Ethics Board 

Mohawk College is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of humans participating in research studies.

The Mohawk College Research Ethics Board (MCREB) is responsible for conducting ethical review of all research involving humans conducted by Mohawk faculty, staff or students; or involving Mohawk faculty, staff or students as subjects, whether conducted by Mohawk faculty, students or staff or conducted at Mohawk by a researcher who is not a member of the Mohawk community.

All REB decisions will comply with the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, TCPS 2 (2018), as approved and amended by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


NB:  All research projects involving humans conducted at, or under the auspices of Mohawk College, require prior ethics review and approval by the Mohawk College Research Ethics Board (MCREB) to ensure that the research complies with ethical standards.


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

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

REB Submission

The Mohawk College REB usually meets the third Wednesday of each month.  Ethics applications and all supporting documents must be complete and uploaded to the MCREB online review site fifteen (15) business days prior to a scheduled meeting

All External research partners,  please email your application and supporting documents to reb.coordinator [at] (reb[dot]coordinator[at]mohawkcollege[dot]ca).

The Mohawk College REB meets once per month from September to June.  During the summer, the REB conducts delegated electronic reviews for minimal risk studies.


Dates for Protocol Submission

Meetings are NOT held in the months of July and August. 

Applications Submission Deadlines Meeting Dates
No deadlineOctober 18, 2023
October 31, 2023 (an anomaly) November 15, 2023
November 28, 2023December 20, 2023
December 21, 2023January 17, 2024
January 30, 2024February 21, 2024
February 27, 2024March 20, 2024
March 26, 2024April 17, 2024
April 23, 2024May 15, 2024
*May 20, 2024June 19, 2024

*Please note: Application deadline for the academic year is by the third week in May. 


The ethics review process can take between 4 to 6 weeks from submission to approval depending on the volume of applications. Ensure that 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.