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

Matthias Maalouli-Hartmann Matthias Maalouli-Hartmann Chairman of the Commission and representative of the professors/lecturers (DE)
Andrea Samson Andrea Samson Representative of the professors (FR)
Simon Schnyder Representative of the part-time lecturers (FR)
Klaus Mathis Representative of the part-time lecturers (DE)
Jean-Christian Tisserand Representative of the intermediary body (FR)
Daniel Fitze Representative of the intermediary body (DE)
Alexandra d'Agata Botta Representative of the students (FR)
Theo Kaeser Representative of the students (DE)