EPFL’s procedures for resolving cases of psychological and sexual harassment are based on the following legal documents:
The prohibition of discrimination is enshrined in the Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation (Art. 8). The Swiss labor law and its ordinance (Olt 3, Art. 2 & 26) require an employer to protect the legal status of workers and to take all necessary measures to protect their physical and mental health.
- Federal Constitution of the Swiss Confederation, (Art.8; RS 101)
- Ordonnance 3 relative à la loi sur le travail (Ordinance 3 relating to the Swiss Federal Labor Law)
The Swiss Criminal Code is applicable to anyone who commits a crime or misdemeanor in Switzerland. Book 1 of the Swiss Civil Code specifies the rights of natural and legal persons in Switzerland.
The Swiss Federal Act on Gender Equality (GEA) stresses that discrimination is strictly prohibited (Art. 3) and describes sexual harassment not only as an affront to human dignity, but also as discriminatory behavior (Art. 4). It sets forth the rights of persons who are subjected to or are at risk of being subjected to harassment under the terms of Articles 3 and 4. The Federal Council’s Ordinance on the Conciliation Commission under the GEA specifies the role of the Commission.
- Federal Act on Gender Equality
- Ordonnance du CF sur la commission de conciliation selon la LEg (Ordinance on the Conciliation Commission under the Gender Equality Act)
- LEX 22.214.171.124 “126.96.36.199 Federal Act on employees of the Confederation” (Art. 22)
- LEX 1.0.2 “Federal Act on the Federal Institutes of Technology, (Art 9; RS 172.220.113)”
- LEX 188.8.131.52 “Directives du Conseil des EPF sur le traitement des signalements faits par des personnes relevant du Domaine des EPF et concernant des com- portements juridiquement ou éthiquement incorrects (Directives concernant l’instance d’alerte du Conseil des EPF)”
- LEX 1.8.1 “Directive concerning Whistleblowing at EPFL”
- Disciplinary Rules and Regulations concerning Students of EPFL
- “EPFL Code of Honour”