Research Misconduct

Implementation of the whistleblowing procedure allows EPFL members to report any serious misconduct that may occur as soon as possible. The main objective of these directives is to protect the whistleblower and avoid the creation of an incriminatory atmosphere at EPFL that would be detrimental to the working environment.

The EPFL has a responsibility to conduct its affairs ethically and in compliance with the law. If you suspect that an EPFL employee is engaged in improper activities, you should know that the EPFL has policies that can show you how to “blow the whistle” and can protect you from retaliation if the need arises.

What do we investigate ?


  • illegal or unethical conduct observed by members of the EPFL in the course of EPFL-related activities.
  • scientific fraud, undisclosed interests.
  • non-compliance with laws or supervisory regulations.
  • unauthorised use of funds.
  • non-compliance with or circumvention of internal regulations and control mechanisms.

How to File a Whistleblower Complaint?

To file a Whistleblower complaint, please complete the form below and send it to the Ombudsperson:

Winship Herr
Scientific Ombudsperson
Av. du Léman 47 – 1025 St. Sulpice

Contact: [email protected]


  • Whistleblower_Form.docx (coming soon)
  • Whistleblower_Form.pdf (coming soon)

To ensure that EPFL students and researchers cite and reference information sources correctly in their written work, the EPFL Direction issued the Directive 1.3.3 that states clearly and concisely the principles that must be adhered to. The directive also defines the notion of plagiarism, which is the result of failure to respect these principles.

See also the EPFL Library webpage on citation and copyright.

This website is dedicated to students, PhD students, researchers and lecturers. It sets out what should be cited why and how, recalls the rules and provides examples

This is compilation of guides and instructions related to research misconduct. For further questions please contact the Research Office.

Read the answer to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ)


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