Respect Cell and the ombudsperson

Mandated by EPFL’s Office of the President, the Respect Cell 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 Cell comprises five experts and a coordinator who supports their work:

  • Claudia Noth, Director of Human Resources
  • Kathryn Hess Bellwald, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Outreach
  • Françoise Chardonnens, Director of Legal Affairs
  • Luisa Lambertini, Associate Vice President for Post-Graduate Education
  • Eric Du Pasquier, Safety, Prevention and Health Delegate
  • Ines Ariceta, Coordinator of the Respect Cell

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 for the Respect Cell:
You can contact de Respect Cell 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 for the ombudsperson:
Isabelle Salomé Daïna, BMG Avocats – [email protected]