This Compliance Guide sets out the main rules, practices and values governing EPFL. It serves as a reference for all members of the EPFL community, enabling them to carry out their work with confidence, fully aware of our school’s guiding principles, how to apply them and whom to contact with questions.
This Guide was developed by around 60 staff members with the support of department heads, deans and senior management. They worked together to come up with a simple, useful and practical source of information for all staff members – professors, secretaries, PhD candidates, lab technicians, IT specialists and even the President. Although the Compliance Guide was developed primarily for staff members, it is also naturally relevant to students.
EPFL’s strength is rooted in its extraordinary diversity, which is apparent in our wide-ranging fields of study, research projects, nationalities and staff positions. The figures say it all: more than 10,000 students and 5,700 staff members, 5 schools, 2 colleges, 28 institutes, 354 laboratories and 5 outposts. Now just imagine all the professional, personal, scientific and ethical questions that may arise as a result.
We can only work together if we have a shared knowledge base and follow the same procedures. We also rely on shared values such as respect, research integrity and the efficient use of the resources provided to us to do our work. For all these reasons, the Compliance Guide is crucial for our cohesiveness and our ability to accomplish the EPFL’s missions in a shared spirit.
Martin Vetterli, President of the EPFL