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Possible Outcomes:

  • Rejection of the proposal on ethical grounds. This would only occur if there were fundamental ethical issues with the research, as defined in this policy and by professional ethical guidelines.
  • Referral back to the researcher or student so that the proposal can be amended to address ethical concerns. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make any recommended changes and re-submit the proposal form together with supporting documentation.
  • Acceptance of a proposal without referral to the School Ethics Committee. This will occur when the supervisor classifies the proposal as routine (subject to approval by the Departmental Ethics Officer)
  • Acceptance of a proposal without referral to the School Ethics Committee. This will occur when a proposal is considered non-routine but after consideration by the Departmental Research Ethics Officer, ethical approval is granted
  • Acceptance of a proposal following School Ethics Committee Review.