The Dawson College Research Ethics Board is an autonomous body that is mandated by Dawson College’s Board of Governors to review the ethical acceptability of research involving humans and supports researchers to maintain the highest ethical conduct by ensuring that the ethical guidelines of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and the Dawson College Policy on the Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans are respected.

Research ethics review is required for:

    1. Dawson researchers and researchers from other institutions who wish to conduct research activities at Dawson College or recruit human participants at Dawson College,
    2. Dawson researchers under the auspices of Dawson College, who wish to conduct research with human participants external to the College.

Meeting Schedule

Full Board Meeting Submission Deadline

February 10, 2021

March 17, 2021

April 14, 2021

May 12, 2021

June 9, 2021

January 22, 2021 at 5 p.m.

February 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.

March 26, 2021 at 5 p.m.

April 23, 2021 at 5 p.m.

May 21, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Submitting Applications

Applications are accepting on a rolling basis. The submission deadlines refer to studies that require Full Board review.

Low to minimal risk studies will be reviewed through the delegated ethics review process. REB members are given 10 business days to complete their delegated reviews. The REB Office will issue a review letter to the researcher 3 – 5 business days after receiving the delegated review(s).

Studies that are deemed higher than minimal risk during the preliminary review process will be reviewed at the next Full Board meeting.

In order to avoid unnecessary delays, please ensure that complete applications are submitted to the REB Office.

See the Application Process & Forms page for the appropriate forms and instructions on submitting applications.


Questions regarding the ethics review process, submitting applications, the status of your application, review letters, submitting an application to the REB and requests for ethics advice can be directed to the REB Coordinator at

If your project requires special consideration, please contact the Coordinator to see if accommodations can be made.


From Our Blog


Last Modified: July 30, 2021