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Find additional information or get answers to your ethics questions with the following resources.


Ethics 101: An Overview of Research Ethics at Athabasca University (pdf) 

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans – TCPS2 (Government of Canada)

Health Information Act (Government of Alberta)

Athabasca University Ethics Presentation – March 2017 (pdf) 

University policies

AU policies, procedures and guidelines for ethical approval 


AU ethics presentation

Watch a recording of AU’s research ethics presentation: Surviving the Ethics Approval Process Unscathed.

CORE (Course on Research Ethics) Tutorial

The CORE Tutorial provides an introductory tour of the Tri-Council Policy Statement. The TCPS2:CORE tutorial is “highly recommended” for all AU researchers, research supervisors, and REB members and is now mandatory for all graduate students conducting research with humans.

You can move through the tutorial at your own pace; progress is saved automatically. Once you complete the tutorial, you will receive a Certificate of Completion that is recognized at institutions across Canada.

Please note: When registering for the tutorial, you are asked for an affiliation. As AU doesn’t appear in the Affiliation list, you must select “Other” from the bottom of the list and enter “Athabasca University” manually.


The Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) also provides a number of webinars on research ethics and the TCPS2. These include:

  • Multi-Jurisdictional Research in the TCPS2
  • Research involving First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada
  • Qualitative Research
  • Governance of Research Ethics Boards
  • Scope of Research Ethics Review

Take a webinar.

Updated September 13 2019 by Research

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