Support network

The EPFL Respect Network comprises the Student Affairs department, the Doctoral School, the Equal Opportunities Office, the Point Santé, the Person of Trust and HR Managers. These bodies share a common approach to problems related to psychological and sexual harassment and their resources are available to members of the EPFL community. They provide targeted support at all times, and as needed.

At EPFL

Support, advice and guidance

The Student Affairs department offers confidential support, information and advice* to all students, including PhD students. The Student Affairs representative can take the necessary steps to try to resolve a problematic situation. S/he will ensure that the person who has requested help obtains the necessary support and assistance. S/he may, with the person’s agreement, transfer a situation to the Respect Unit for a formal complaint to be lodged.

*In certain circumstances, the Student Affairs representative may be required to act and share information with the persons concerned or with third parties. As a general rule, the student will be asked for permission to share confidential information with third parties.

Contact: 

Nathalie Ritter – [email protected]

Head of Student Affairs

> Student services desk

Support, advice and guidance

The Doctoral School offers support, information and confidential advice* to PhD students. It can take the necessary measures to try to solve a problematic situation. It ensures that the person who has requested help obtains the necessary support and assistance. It may, with the student’s agreement, transfer a situation to the Respect Unit for a formal complaint to be lodged.

*In certain circumstances, the Doctoral School may be required to act and share information. However, as a general rule, the PhD student will be asked for permission to share confidential information with third parties. The student will be kept informed of the next steps at each stage of the procedure.

Contact: 

Jeroen van Hunen – [email protected]

Deputy to the Vice President Education for the Doctoral School

> Doctoral School

Support, advice and guidance

The Equal Opportunities Delegate offers support, information and confidential advice.* On request, she can provide support during the process of finding an informal solution or in the preparation of a formal complaint.

*Confidentiality is guaranteed, except in cases involving criminal law.

Contact: 

Helene Füger – [email protected]

Equal Opportunities Delegate, Equal Opportunities Office, EPFL

> Equal Opportunities

Consultations, support, managerial actions

The HR managers’ role is to support and guide team leaders, staff and employees in managing their working relations. This includes conflict prevention and outlining solutions in accordance with the legal framework. HR managers ensure that an employee (PhD student, faculty, or administrative staff) who has requested their help obtains the necessary support and assistance. HR managers are responsible for ensuring confidentiality and may, with the person’s agreement, transfer a situation to the Respect Unit for a formal complaint to be lodged.

Contacts:

Alexa Briancourt, EVP and VPR – [email protected]

Eliane Gesseney Laeri, Faculty IC, CDH, CDM – [email protected]

Monique Grin Celka, SB Faculty – [email protected]

François Jaccottet, VPSI, VPFI – [email protected]

Laure Ledru, SV Faculty – [email protected]

Roger Monin, P, VPRHO, VPI – [email protected]

Anne Gilliéron, ENAC Faculty – [email protected]

Marianne Wannier, STI Faculty – [email protected]

Consultations, support and advice in complete confidentiality

The Point Santé provides two services: occupational medicine, which includes consultations for EPFL employees and PhD students in the context of specific occupational health risks; and nursing consultations, which are open to all. The nurses, medical assistants and doctors who work in Point Santé are subject to professional secrecy obligations.

Contact:

Nursing consultations: [email protected]

Occupational medicine: [email protected]

> Point Santé

External to EPFL

Mediation, support, advice and guidance in complete confidentiality

The Person of Trust is a professional in conflict management in the workplace and in the applicable legislation. S/he has a mandate from EPFL’s Senior Management to handle cases that are submitted by employees (including PhD students), in the best interests of the person concerned, in a completely independent manner and by guaranteeing them complete confidentiality and anonymity.

Without replacing a lawyer or doctor, the Person of Trust will listen to, advise and, if necessary, direct to the right people anyone experiencing a problem in the workplace. Such difficulties can be personal (demotivation, anxiety, burnout, work overload, sense of isolation or exclusion, etc.) or relational (communication problems, lack of understanding, tensions, disagreements, conflicts, violence, psychological (mobbing) and sexual harassment, etc.).

The Person of Trust may also provide mediation services to resolve a situation involving one or more other persons.

Contact:

Aurélie de Francesco – [email protected]

Person of Trust and FSA Mediator, accredited by the Swiss Chamber of Commercial Mediation, Swiss Federation of Mediation and the Chamber of Mediation of the Waldensian Bar Association.

> Person of Trust Service / Mediation