Compass Survey

On May 30th, students will be asked to take part in the University of Waterloo Compass survey. The survey responses help researchers gather details about youth health.
Posted on 03/03/2017

March 29th, 2017

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

Our school will be participating in the 2016-17 COMPASS survey. Researchers from the University of Waterloo will ask students to complete a 35-minute questionnaire about healthy eating, physical activity, sedentary behaviour, smoking, alcohol and marijuana-use, and bullying. The survey is confidential and no names are written on the surveys. This means that the name of your child will not be linked with their survey responses. The surveys will be stored at the University of Waterloo and only research staff will have access to the completed surveys. The survey responses will help researchers gather details about youth health, and this information will be shared with our school to help improve school policies and practices related to health. Both the school board and our school have given approval to conduct the study. The survey is repeated once each year, following the same students. This survey has been reviewed by, and has received ethics clearance from the University of Waterloo's Office of Research Ethics. There are no known or anticipated risks to participation in this survey.
On May 30th, 2017, students in grades 9 to 12 with parental permission, and who themselves agree to participate, will be asked to take part in the survey. Students are free to withdraw from the survey at any time, without penalty.
If you do not wish your child to participate, please call the COMPASS School Research Coordinator, Rachel Reel, at 1-844-819-8388 or contact Joe Conway at the school office by May 23rd, 2017. Consent will be assumed unless you notify us otherwise. If you leave a message, please include:

  • your child's name,

  • your child's grade,

  • the name of your child's school, and

  • the name of your child's teacher.

This project was reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Ethics Committee (ORE #17264). If you have questions for the Committee, contact the Chief Ethics Officer, Office of Research Ethics, at 1-519-888-4567, Ext. 36005 or To view a copy of the survey questions or for more information about the COMPASS project, please visit, or contact COMPASS Project Manager, Chad Bredin, at 1-519-888-4567 x33317 or
Please note that in cases where researchers believe that a student may need protection from harm, researchers must by law report this information to authorities.