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Research Ethics Committee: Social, Behavioural and Education Research 

​​​​​​​​​​​Scope/ Function
The purpose of the Research Ethics Committee: Social Behavioural and Education Research (REC: SBE) in reviewing research, is to contribute to safeguarding the dignity, rights, safety, and well-being of all actual or potential participants in social, behavioural, economic and education research conducted at Stellenbosch University. 

The REC: SBE provides independent, competent, and timely reviews of the ethical risks related to research proposals, and can recommend measures aimed at avoiding or minimising these risks – acknowledging that the ethics of research can never be fully separated from its scientific dimensions (which include, among other things, methodological and theoretical aspects).

The Research Ethics application process starts within the respective academic departments via the Departmental/Faculty Ethics Screening Committee (DESC/FESC). Applications are screened to determine their risk levels. Low-risk projects are screened by the DESC and are ratified by the REC: SBE. Only those applications that are deemed as medium or high risk are referred to the REC: SBE for review at a convened meeting. 

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Meeting Dates​:
 REC: Humanities meeting and agenda ​closing​ dates: 2020​​

Important Information:

REC STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
The REC: SBE has updated its standard operating procedures (SOP). 
The revised SOP contains clearer guidance on the purpose and scope of the REC and the requirements for ethics review. 
Click here​ to download the latest version.