Research Ethics Board

Mohawk Research Ethics Board Response to COVID-19

Research ethics review for all studies are continuing at this time.

Review of Research RELATED to COVID-19:

  1. Review of research related to COVID-19 and the pandemic will be prioritized.
  2. Amendments to ongoing studies to eliminate personal contact are also given priority review.

Review of Ongoing Research NOT related to or arising from the Publicly Declared Emergency:

  1. Research activities not involving, or no longer involving, direct contact with participants may continue.
  2. Research activities involving direct contact/face-to-face interactions may not be conducted. This applies to all new and ongoing studies. If ceasing contact with participants might pose significant risk to the participants, the researcher(s) need to contact the MCREB for direction and approval to proceed.
  3. Researchers may, also choose to change protocol to conduct research through non-contact methods (e.g., online, Skype or phone). If changes will be made to the protocol or consent process to conduct the research through non-contact methods, researchers should submit an amendment form for REB review. Please contact REB.coordinator [at] for guidance.
  4. Off-campus research can continue if there is no direct contact with participants. If a currently-approved off-campus study will involve an amendment that is COVID-19 related, please contact REB.coordinator [at] at the time of submission.
  5. Major amendments and adverse events related to these studies will be reviewed by the REB Chairs.
  6. Reviews may be delayed, as REB members are also coping with changes to their teaching and research responsibilities.

Review of New Research NOT related to Publicly Declared Emergency:

  1. The MCREB will continue to accept and review all other new submissions
  2. New research not related to the publicly declared emergency will be reviewed in sequence. Review times may be longer than normal for non-COVID-19 related protocols.
  3. Please note that the REB will review all new submissions even if the research cannot be undertaken at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions. The continuance of review is to prevent a backlog of submissions once COVID-19 restrictions are removed.

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

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


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

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.