CSU has a two tiered system to review Human ethics applications. The Faculty of Arts and Education Low Risk Human Ethics Committee considers Ethics Applications that are of low risk (the only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort) [National Statement 2.1.6].
To determine if your research is low or high risk, complete the Low Risk Review Form.
All questions are to be answered.
If it is low risk follow the submission process (STEP 2).
If requesting a Waiver of consent the application must be submitted to the University HREC.
If your application has already received ethics approval from another fully constituted committee, fill in the appropriate form Projects Already approved by Another HREC from the University Research Ethics Committee HREC page and submit it to the University HREC.
You cannot start your research until you have ethics approval and are allocated a protocol number. Allow time for the committee to provide feedback which can be up to 14 days after the meeting.
The applicant must sign the HREA form prior to submission to the FHEC. Supervisors of students must also approve (by email) the submission of the application.
Please note that the University Human Research Ethics Committee recommends that the minimum requirement for data storage is at least FIVE (5) years after the last publication arising from the data. This is a MINIMUM requirement and you may keep the data for longer. For short-term research projects that are for assessment purposes only, such as student research projects completed by students, retaining research data for 12 months after the completion of the project may be sufficient, however, you may wish to consider keeping the data on the chance that you will use again.
These may include:
Please ensure the consent and information forms reflect the correct ethic committee's contact details for the Faculty of Arts and Education Human Ethics Committee (as opposed to the CSU HREC committee):
IMPORTANT: The following information must be placed at the bottom of Information Letters and Consent Forms.
NOTE: The Faculty of Arts and Education Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through the Executive Officer:
Faculty of Arts & Education Human Ethics Committee
Charles Sturt University
02 6338 4966
Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.
The Committee is unable to review incomplete applications and they will be returned.
Do not submit an ethics application without proof reading and double checking that all relevant sections have been answered.
Students must make sure that their supervisor has reviewed and signed their ethics application before submitting the application.
Chief Investigators must make sure that they have read and reviewed applications prepared by other parties, such as research assistants, before signing and submitting the application.
Please submit signed ethics applications and associated documentation to FOAE-FHEC@csu.edu.au.
The faculty committee is comprised of a member from each school in the faculty, a Chair, an external member and an executive officer. The members of the committee review each application at the meeting.
You will receive a written response from the committee within 14 days of the application being reviewed at the meeting.
Applicants who have received approved pending clarification can make the required changes and send the amended application for review by members of the committee. In this case you will be advised which documents to change and send to the committee.
Applicants advised to re-submit an application must submit it to a future meeting with all documentation.
If you are unclear about anything the committee has asked you to do, please contact the Executive Officer via FOAE-FHEC@csu.edu.au.
If you are asked to review or amend your submission - you should provide your responses in a table such as that below and highlight any changes that have been made within the HREA [using Adobe Acrobat PRO or using a word table].
|Section 3.1.1||Your response|
|Section 6.4.2 Will other researchers have access to the data?||Your response|
|Information Letter - needs to state that return of anonymous survey is implied consent||Your response|
CSU ethics committees grant approval for a 12 month period from the original date of approval.
The following are conditions of approval:
Please submit an extension or variation report with enough time to be reviewed at a meeting. You can find the appropriate form on the University Human Ethics Committee forms page.
For applications submitted to the Faculty of Arts and Education Faculty Human Ethics Committee for consideration, the projected time for the Committee's decision to be communicated is 14 working days after the meeting. Any application that the committee decides is not low risk will be sent directly to the CSU HREC committee (applicants will be informed).
|Ethics applications must be|
submitted by CoB
|Faculty meeting date||High Risk |
Just a Note:
University HREC Agenda Closing Dates
|6 March 2017||14 March 2017||17 March 2017|
|3 April 2017||11 April 2017||13 April 2017|
|8 May 2017||16 May 2017||19 May 2017|
|5 June 2017||13 June 2017||16 June 2017|
|10 July 2017||18 July 2017||21 July 2017|
|7 August 2017||15 August 2017||18 August 2017|
|11 September 2017||19 September 2017||22 September 2017|
|9 October 2017||17 October 2017||20 October 2017|
|6 November 2017||14 November 2017||17 November 2017|
|4 December 2017||12 December 2017||No Meeting|