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REC:SBE Response to COVID-19

​​REC: Social, Behavioural and Education Research (REC: SBE): Position statement on responsible research conduct during COVID-19. 

We anticipate widespread and rapid community spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. In line with recommendations to practice social distancing, the Research Ethics Committee: Social, Behavioural and Education Research (REC: SBE) wants to minimise the risk of transmission at research sites and in the context of research studies. We urge all researchers to act within the spirit of an ‘ethics of responsibility’.​

Official Stellenbosch University and REC statements: 

Statement by Prof Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies regarding the status of research activities during COVID-19: click here to view the statement​

REC: SBE's full position statement on research activities during COVID-19 pandemic: REC SBE POSITION STATEMENT ON RESEARCH DURING COVID-19

Decision-tree and guideline for research activities affected by COVID-19 suspensions: REC: SBE guideline for researchers during COVID-19


Helpful resources and guidance for online and virtual data collection: 

Online research methods and techniques: practical and ethical considerations​

Online Visual Arts-based research approach (Kuhl, 2020)​