Research Ethics Protocol Submissions

Fall 2021

Return to in-person research 

With the province of Nova Scotia currently within phase 4 reopening and the CBU campus returning to in person classes, faculty and students may return to conducting in person research. All in-person research must strictly follow the COVID-19 safety protocols and guidelines–including CBU’s vaccine policy–as outlined in CBU’s return to campus plan

Safety precautions surrounding COVID-19 and plans to conduct in-person research must be outlined by the primary investigator within your REB application. Researchers moving from virtual to in-person research for a previously approved study must submit an amendment for REB review.

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies will continue to monitor and update the policy related to in person research as CBU returns to campus. Any questions regarding in-person research and ethics can be sent to Jared Walters at

Submitting an Application

The CBU REB accepts REB protocols on a monthly basis. See the list of submission deadlines. Contact for further information. Expedited review requests will not be accepted.


Student Submission Process

  1. Review the submission deadlines (below).
  2. Complete your REB protocol by downloading and completing a CBU REB Form (Last revision: December 2021)
  3. Include all relevant forms such as interview guides and/or an informed consent form.
  4. Student researchers are now required to complete the TCPS 2 Tutorial and submit proof of completion as part of their application.
  5. Students are required to have their application reviewed and approved by their supervisor. The supervisor and student’s signature must be submitted as part of the application.
  6. Please ensure track changes and comments are turned off or removed before submitting your application.
  7. Email a completed application to

Submission Checklist

  • Informed Consent form(s)
  • Questionnaires, Interview guides, recruitment tools (emails, posters, etc.)
  • Students: Supervisor signature for student ethics application (signed by your professor, scanned, and ready to upload)
  • Students: TCPS2 Tutorial Certificates (upload the certificate of each group member)

2022 Submission Deadlines to the CBU REB 

  • April 4
  • May 9
  • June 6
  • July 4
  • August 2
  • September 6
  • October 3
  • November 7
  • December 5

Please note, any research involving human participants requires approval from the CBU REB prior to the start of the research project.

Questions? Contact


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