Charles Sturt University is required, like all other Australian universities and research organisations, to ensure that all research involving human participants must be conducted in accordance with the National Statement on the Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Statement).
Proposals for research, involving human participants and/or materials, require review of their ethical acceptability. Reviews are undertaken by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) in accordance with regular meeting schedules. Research cannot commence without approval.
The University is committed to the highest standard of integrity. The ethical conduct of researchers protects and supports the participants, the researchers and the reputation of CSU.
The HREC considers each application in accordance to the four values outlined in the National Statement:
It is the responsibility of individual researchers, including students and their supervisors, to ensure that their proposed research is ethically acceptable.
Commencing 2018 the Low Risk review approval pathway will be consolidated into the Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and the three current Faculty Human Research Ethics Committees will be retired.
From 2018 all Human Research Ethics applications regardless of risk level are to be submitted through a single centralised submission point firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HREC will increase their scheduled meetings from monthly to fortnightly ensuring timely consideration of applications. Meetings are scheduled to commence in February 2018.
Please note the final Faculty Committee meetings for the Low Risk Ethics approval path way will be:
• FoA&E: 12 December 2017
• FoBJBS: 12 December 2017
• FoS: 14 December 2017
Following the final Faculty Committee meetings active Faculty applications will be transitioned to HREC administration.