The main task of the Ethics Commission is to examine the various research activities of UniDistance Suisse. Its goal is to guarantee the proportionate nature of the work carried out as well as the protection of the participants in the experiments

The Ethics Commission was set up on 26th April 2019 and is based on international guidelines (Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, ASA Code of Ethics). It is made up of eight members (four per language).

The researchers at UniDistance Suisse can carry out empirical research into human beings only if the Ethics Commission has given its approval.

Research is one of the mainstays of UniDistance Suisse with the aim of consolidating its position on the Swiss and international university landscape.


Each new request will be examined by the members of the Ethics commission in accordance with the regulations.

Only the members of the Distance Learning University faculties can submit a request. The research work which forms part of a larger project (e.g. students’ degree thesis) must be submitted by the research group leader.

The request should be sent directly by e-mail to using the forms available on line.

Members of the Ethics Commission

Prof. Dr Matthias Maalouli-HartmannProf. Dr Matthias Maalouli-HartmannChairman of the Commission and representative of the professors/lecturers (DE)
Prof. Dr Andrea SamsonProf. Dr Andrea SamsonRepresentative of the professors (FR)
Dr Simon SchnyderRepresentative of the part-time lecturers (FR)
Prof. Dr Klaus MathisRepresentative of the part-time lecturers (DE)
Dr Jean-Christian TisserandDr Jean-Christian TisserandRepresentative of the intermediary body (FR)
MSc Daniel FitzeRepresentative of the intermediary body (DE)
Alexandra d'Agata BottaRepresentative of the students (FR)
Theo KaeserRepresentative of the students (DE)