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Research ethics

Mount Royal University believes in maintaining high ethical standards when it comes to research and scholarly activities. If you are a Mount Royal researcher or someone that wishes to conduct research at Mount Royal, using human or animal participants, or human health information, proper ethical clearance needs to be secured for your research.

Attending an ethics tutorial prior to submitting an application is mandated at Mount Royal with renewal required every 3 years. As an alternative to the Ethics 101 session, you can do the TCPS online tutorial found here.

Why do we need research ethics review?

  1. It is the heart of research ethics review to respect and protect the rights and dignity of research participants, while at the same time recognizing the academic freedom of researchers. The core principles guiding ethical review are: respect for persons, concern for welfare, and justice in relation to research participants.
  2. The purpose of ethics review is to ensure that research studies are conducted responsibly, such that studies may meaningfully contribute to the extension of knowledge in a trustworthy manner. Ethics certification supports the credibility and accountability of a researcher’s work, and in fact is usually required by peer reviewed academic journals when the research involves human participants.

Mount Royal University’s research, as all other accredited Canadian Universities research, is guided and bound by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS)[Site link]


Research Compliance Officer
Priscilla Wamucii
Office of Research Services
hreb@mtroyal.ca or 403- 440-8470

Chair, Human Research Ethics Board
Dr. David Cann
Psychology, EA3049
dcann@mtroyal.ca or 403-440-8541