Research Ethics & Compliance

Human Subjects Research

All student and faculty research activities at UTSC that involve the use of human subjects must comply with the relevant policies governing such research and must be reviewed the Office of Research Ethics (ORE) if conducted by faculty and/or graduate students.

Please see the Office of Research Ethics website for more information and application forms.

Research Involving Animals

All researchers conducting research or teaching projects involving the use of animals must obtain the approval of the University Animal Care Committee (UACC) before commencing the project.

Please see the Office of Research Ethics website for more information and application forms.

Biological Agents

A valid University of Toronto Biosafety Certificate is required for all University laboratory activities which involve the use of potentially hazardous biological agents and materials containing such agents. The Biosafety Certification Form must be approved by and filed with the Biosafety office prior to purchasing, importing or conducting projects involving biohazards.

Please see the Biosafety section of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety website for more information and application forms.

UTSC’s Local Biosafety Coordinator is:
Dr. Shelley Brunt
Department of Biological Sciences 

Undergraduate Students

The University is responsible for reviewing all undergraduate research involving human participants. It is the responsibility of both the student and the supervisor/instructor to understand and comply with federal and University policies governing research involving humans and to submit an ethics protocol.

If you are an undergraduate course instructor or supervisor with an assignment that involves human participants, you will need to complete an Undergraduate Course Template Form to seek ethics approval for student projects.

If you have an undergraduate student conducting an independent research project for a course, the student will need to complete an Undergraduate Ethics Review Protocol Form - Student-Initiated Projects.

Please consult the Course-based Research (Undergraduate Delegated Ethics Review Committees) webpage for the appropriate forms and for more information.

Some UTSC departments have established their own Delegated Ethics Review Committees (DERCs) to review undergraduate protocols. UTSC contact information appears below.

Delegated Ethics Review Committees

Department Departmental Contact Email
Anthropology and Health Studies Andrea Charise, Bianca Dahl
Committee Chair
Centre for Critical Development Studies and Geography Adam Martin, Thembela Kepe
Committee Chair
Centre for French and Linguistics Yoonjung Kang, Philip Monahan
Committee Chair
Psychology Blair Armstrong, Yoel Inbar
Committee Chair
Sociology Ping-Chun Hsiung, Kathy Liddle
Committee Chair