Guidelines for Research

Ethics Review for Research on Human Subjects

UofT requires that all research involving human subjects (including interviews, observations, surveys, etc.) be approved by the Review Committee on the Use of Human Subjects, under the general auspices of the Office of Research Services, and must be structured according to the guidelines on the use of human subjects. For details, please see Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation, Ethics in Human Research.

Students planning research which involves human subjects for course papers or course projects should consult with their course instructor, Advisor, or the Graduate Coordinator for further advice. Students who plan to do research which involve human subjects will normally submit ethics protocols for review in the Winter session.

Guidelines for Doing Field Research

Students doing fieldwork off campus must follow the UofT guidelines for doing this fieldwork. Please note that the guidelines apply to all instances of fieldwork outside Canada as well as to certain instances of fieldwork inside Canada.

UofT maintains a website, Environmental Health and Safety.

Field Research can take you to various locations across the city, country, or world. Please be sure to speak to your supervisor about health and safety training requirements as they can vary depending on the type of work you are doing and where you are doing it.