In light of recent Provincial government announcements about a step-by-step resumption of activities, the Office of Research Ethics would like to give an update on Covid-related research activity.

Researchers who require campus access should continue to follow the standard university procedures for campus access, link below, but to check back periodically for further updates:

https://carleton.ca/covid19/safe-return-to-campus/accessing-campus/

For off-campus field research, all Carleton procedures should be followed. In addition, the researchers must follow all public health requirements of the jurisdiction where the research is conducted. If the research is carried out in a third-party host organization, any additional constraints imposed by this host organization will also apply.

Carleton University continues to update the 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 ethics@carleton.ca 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 ethics@carleton.ca with any questions, concerns or suggestions.