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Conducting Research

Any research project with human participants will be submitted to the University Human Subject Research Committee (HSRC) for ethics review. This includes:

  • faculty research
  • graduate Projects and Theses
  • undergraduate and graduate independent studies

The approval or waiver must be obtained prior to the recruitment and data collection phases of the study.

The centralization of the ethics review process facilitates continuing ethics review and oversight of all human research affiliated with the University, as well as communication between the Office of Research & Innovation Services (ORIS) and researchers regarding legal requirements for ethics review of health information research. For information see: Tri-Council Policy Statement on the Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans 

Human Research Application Forms

Application for Ethical Review of Human Participant Research (Education) 

Application for Waiver of Ethical Review of Human Research

Informed Consent Forms

Parental/Guardian Consent Form (Education)

Adult Participant Consent Form (Education)

Human Research Study Reporting Requirements

Researchers conducting studies with human participants must submit an annual status report for studies exceeding one year in length or an end-of-study report for projects lasting less than one year. Reports are to be submitted to

Annual Report: Human Research Annual Report and Renewal Form

End-of-Study Report: Human Research End-Of-Study Form


Guidelines for Submission of a New Application for Ethical Review of Human Research (Education)

Request for Access to Zone 6 Schools - Guidelines 

Guidelines for Submission of an Amendment to an Approved Human Research Protocol

HSR Application Exemplar 1 Note: This exemplar contains documentation which address all components of a complete, comprehensive and complex HSR Application. Your application may not require all of these components depending upon the complexity of your research.

HSR Application Exemplar 2 Note: This exemplar represents the HSR Application for a less complex research project, consisting of a simple on-line survey requiring the consent only of adults who voluntarily choose to participate. Your application mayrequire more information and supporting documentation depending upon the complexity of your research.

University of Lethbridge Contacts

University of Lethbridge Office of Research Services

University of Lethbridge Human Subject Review information

University of Lethbridge Human Subject Research Committee 


Office of Research Services (ORIS) - Susan Entz, Research Ethics Officer

Faculty of Education - Christy Audet, Research and Placement Services