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 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 consists of eight members (four of them are French-speaking, and four German-speaking).

Empirical research involving humans may be conducted only with the approval of the Ethics Commission.

Research is one of the mainstays of UniDistance Suisse, with which it aims to strengthen its position in the Swiss as well as the international university landscape.


All requests are examined by the members of the Ethics commission in accordance with the regulations.

Requests can only be submitted by researchers affiliated to one of the faculties of UniDistance Suisse. Requests for research carried out as part of other research projects (e.g. Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis) must be submitted by the respective research group leader.

In order to place a request, please send the completed online form to

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)
Dr Jean-Christian TisserandDr Jean-Christian TisserandRepresentative of the intermediary body (FR)
Lucia MainoRepresentative of the students (FR)
Cedric BöschRepresentative of the students (DE)