The Research Integrity office manages the administrative requirements for the Faculty Research Ethics Committees, including preparation of agendas, minutes, correspondence, reports and organization of meetings. Below are guidelines for ethical approval.
(a) A completed Research Ethics Protocol/Application form.
(b) A fully-motivated project/research proposal stating and/or containing: (It must be aligned with the University of Zululand Postgraduate Policy)
(i) A description of the research, including a clear statement on whether or not the research involves any of the following: human health, animals, vulnerable people, therapeutic research involving children and/or sensitive issues regarding rights, beliefs, perceptions, customs and cultural heritage issues.
(ii) The research method adopted, why it is preferable over alternative methods.
(iii) Plans for consulting participants and/or communities on their involvement, for keeping them informed.
(iv) How the research will be published and the nature of the report backs to participants and/or communities on the results of the research
(v) Whether there are any special health and safety considerations that need to be considered, for participants as well as researchers.
(c) A participant’s informed consent form.
(d) Informed consent from parent/guardian form (If the study is going to include children under 18 years old) (this letter is more detailed to what the study is all about, including the topic, its aims, objectives and outcomes) there must be space for signatures at the end
(e) All data collection/survey instruments, e.g. questionnaires, with translation into the appropriate language(s).
(f) A description of any other research material that will be used, with copies/examples, e.g. information sheets, advertisements and letters.
(g) Copyright clearance or permission to use survey instruments.
(h) Proof of permission to access sites/information/participants.
(i) Conflict of interest form, whether in respect of researchers, funders, or participants.
(j) Application documentation must be prepared in both electronic and hard copy formats.