Respect Unit and the ombudsperson

Mandated by EPFL’s Office of the President, the Respect Unit is the body that evaluates formal complaints relating to psychological and sexual harassment at EPFL. It examines the need for a formal investigation and makes recommendations for action. The Respect Unit comprises five experts and a coordinator who supports their work:

  • Susanna Swann, Director of Human Resources
  • Daniel Chuard, Training Delegate
  • Françoise Chardonnens, Director of Legal Affairs
  • Jeroen van Hunen, Deputy to the Vice President Education for the Doctoral School
  • Eric Du Pasquier, Safety, Prevention and Health Delegate
  • Ines Ariceta, Coordinator of the Respect Unit

Information about the procedure and the person reporting a situation will be kept confidential as far as possible. However, confidentiality will be waived in cases where disclosure of information is mandatory under legal or regulatory provisions, judicial procedures, or in order to protect the overriding interests of EPFL or the public. The identity of the person reporting a situation will be disclosed to the persons in charge of the procedure.

You can contact the Respect Unit or submit formal complaints by sending an email to: [email protected]

Alternatively, you can report a case to the EPFL ombudsperson.

The ombudsperson is an independent authority external to EPFL. Its task is to examine reports of breaches of conduct by EPFL members submitted to it and to examine, from a legal point of view, their admissibility. If the alleged facts justify an investigation, the ombudsperson will then forward the file to the EPFL Direction.

Information about the procedure and the person reporting a situation will be kept confidential as far as possible. However, confidentiality will be waived in cases where disclosure of information is mandatory under legal or regulatory provisions, judicial procedures, or in order to protect the overriding interests of EPFL or the public. The identity of the person reporting a situation will be disclosed to the persons in charge of the procedure.

Contact:
Isabelle Salomé Daïna, BMG Avocats – [email protected]