Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve submitted my application to the REB, what happens now?

After you submitted your application (Dawson REB Form and supporting documents) to;

  1. The REB Coordinator will conduct a preliminary review, to ensure that all the form(s) are filled out properly, and all relevant supporting documents are included and will conduct a preliminary ethics review to identity and resolve any significant research ethics issues. If there are items missing, the REB Coordinator will inform you and ask you to resubmit your application with the proper documents.
  2. After the preliminary review, your application will then be assigned a delegated review or full board review, depending on the risk level. If you would like to know the status of your submission, contact the REB Coordinator at

What do I do if I am unsure if ethics review is required?

In unclear situations it is the REB’s mandate to determine whether or not ethics review is required. When in doubt, and to ensure ethical standards are consistently upheld, researchers are asked to submit and application to the REB and a determination will be made whether ethics review is required. Please send a detailed description of your project and any supporting documents to the REB Coordinator at You should receive a response within 3-4 business days.

What are the REB's office hours?

REB Coordinator is available by phone, email and in-person on: Mondays & Tuesdays: 09:00 – 17:00hrs and Wednesdays: 09:00 – 12:30 hrs or by appointment.

Last Modified: March 24, 2020