Research Ethics

The University of Fort Hare insists that all its research upholds high ethical  and integrity standards.

All researchers including staff and students conducting any research that may impact directly or indirectly on people, animals or the environment need to seek ethics clearance before any research is conducted. If one fails to obtain ethical clearance before the research is started, then this may lead to a breach of research integrity, articles not being published and students being barred from graduating.


DoH 2015 Ethics in Health Research Guidelines

Research Ethics Policy


The University’s Ethics Committees are registered with the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC) of the Department of Health.

The terms of reference (ToRs) and Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs)  below define the aim, scope, membership,  responsibilities, and operations of the University’s Ethics Committees.

Terms of reference (ToRs)

Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs)