Notice: On May 15, 2020, Carleton University issued the following requirements for on-campus research: “Principles and Procedures for On-campus Research at Carleton University.”

The initiation or resumption of any such research involving in-person research interactions requires:

  1. The completion and submission of the COVID-19 Attestation form to CUREB (found also on our Forms and Templates page). This form is for REB purposes and is to be submitted in CuResearch along with your protocol form or change to protocol form, as appropriate; and,
  2. After you have completed step 1 and have clearance from the ethics board, please seek the approval of the relevant Dean for your research. Provide a copy of your CUREB clearance to the Dean for their records. Please contact your Dean’s Office for more information about obtaining their approval.
  3. Provide a copy of the Dean’s approval to the Office of Research Ethics prior to starting any in-person research activities.

CUREB Mandatory Requirements for Research during COVID-19 Outbreak

As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak poses an extraordinary and serious safety and public health threat to our communities, one that requires a correspondingly serious response.  CUREB and the Office of Research Ethics will continue to operate normally as much as possible, however some changes are necessary.

In-person participant interactions should, if feasible, be replaced with telephone, videoconference or other online communication. In doing so, you should be mindful of the nature of your protocol and any additional risk that may arise from switching from in-person to virtual communication, including risks to privacy.  Revised participant consents or consent addendums may be required (e.g., to update privacy considerations for the use of different communication channels).

If it is not practically or scientifically feasible to undertake your research project without in-person research interaction, then you must complete and submit our COVID-19 Attestation Form which asks you to certify that you will comply with applicable public health requirements and to describe the infection precautions you will take to manage in-person research interactions safely.

If you need to amend your study to comply with this directive, please submit a Change to Protocol through the CUResearch platform, include a brief summary of changes in Section 9 of the Form, and attach a signed Attestation if applicable.  Any other changes should be submitted in the usual way.

An expedited review process is available for new proposed studies, or study amendments, relating to COVID-19 where there are good public health grounds for rapid review.  If you propose to undertake research of this kind, please contact our office at promptly to discuss the needs of such study.

As the situation is evolving rapidly, please check back regularly to keep up with any ongoing changes to this guidance.

Contact our office at with any questions, concerns or suggestions.


The Office of Research Ethics offers administrative support to the Carleton University’s Research Ethics Boards (CUREB), works with researchers to ensure their research projects respect and comply with all applicable policies and guidelines, including those of the Tri-Councils (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), specifically the Tri-Council Policy Statement on the Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

On behalf of the REB’s the office manages the protocol life-cycle, including protocol submission, approval and monitoring for the research involving human participants at the university and its affiliates. All research involving humans conducted by faculty, staff or students at Carleton University must be approved by a CUREB.

There are two Research Ethics Boards at Carleton:

Please note: Board expertise will also be taken into consideration when protocols are submitted to CUREB-A or CUREB-B for review, see the specific Board page for more information.