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.

Contacts for the ombudsperson:

Isabelle Salomé Daïna
E-Mail: [email protected]

Second resort

The ETH Board’s Ombudsperson service acts independently and as a second resort to deal with reports made by members of the ETH Domain concerning legally or ethically incorrect behavior they have witnessed in the course of their duties within the ETH Domain. Acting as a second resort means that reports should, wherever possible, first be reported within the EPFL.


Cendrine Rouvinez, avocate, MLaw
Tel. 058 200 33 38
E-Mail: [email protected]

Kellerhals Carrard Lausanne/Sion
Place St-Francois 1
CH-1002 Lausanne

Dr. Michael Daphinoff, Rechtsanwalt, LL.M.
Tel. 058 200 35 51
E-Mail: [email protected]

Kellerhals Carrard Bern
Effingerstrasse 1
CH-3001 Bern

Monitoring of the Ombudspersons’ activities

EPFL regularly monitors the way in which it deals with reports of misconduct brought to its attention, with a view to continuous improvement. Between 2020 and 2022, the ombudspersons were called upon 61 times.