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Ethics clearance

The Faculty of Education and Arts (FEA) Human Research Ethics Sub Committee is able to assess ethics applications for low risk research for students in Honours, Masters by coursework/project and some independent study units in coursework masters. Applications should be sent to the Faculty Coordinator Research Support.

Both the Ethics Declaration form (for those whose data collection/project will not involve the use of human participants) and an application for ethics approval can be completed with the online process via STREAM. More information about how to submit an application is available from the procedures section of the University Ethics website.

Please note, that you must submit your application for ethics approval or ethics declaration through the online process using your University student email account only. Private emails such as hotmail accounts will not be able to be used on STREAM. If you are submitting an Ethics Declaration via STREAM, you must also attach your proposal and then print out both the Ethics Declaration and your proposal, get your Ethics Declaration signed by both you and your supervisor and submit them in hard copy for assessment.

An Ethics Application must also be submitted online through STREAM and associated documentation must be uploaded (eg: proposal, information letter, consent form, research instruments - survey, interview questions), but a hard copy of all with the application form signed by you and your supervisor must be provided to the Coordinator Research Support in Higher Degrees for the file.

Before going to STREAM to submit your ethics application it is recommended that you look at:

  • the Ethical Risk Assessment Document which sets out the criteria which will enable you to decide whether an Ethics Application needs to be submitted; and
  • information on how to construct an information letter and consent form, which contains Faculty specific information about details that need to be in the letter that will go out to participants. Also, we have provided some templates for an information letter and consent form, which can be adapted for your specific course.

For information about the specific requirements for obtaining permission to collect data in Catholic Schools and Department of Education Schools/Centres and for advice on how to obtain a Working with Children permit (for data collection with children) please refer to the Human research and ethics resources web page.

Staff research, research undertaken by students in Research Masters and Doctoral programs and those projects that would be considered high risk, need to be dealt with by the University Ethics Committee.

Other required resources may include a Photographic release form (which may be an alternative to a consent form for photomedia students) and a Talent release form (which may be an alternative to a consent form for Performing Arts students).

If you have any questions regarding the Faculty Ethics Committee please contact:

Coordinator Research Support

Ms Sarah Kearn
Telephone: (61 8) 9370 6496
Email: s.kearn@ecu.edu.au

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