Integrity in Research

Science is a key driver of progress and development for the well-being of people, society and the environment. In scientific research, integrity is a prime condition. It represents the basis of the credibility of science and also a justification for the demand for the independence of researchers. The University of Lausanne (UNIL) must ensure the integrity of its personnel. All UNIL employees and students involved with research should respect the general ethical principles:

  1. Contribute to society and to human well-being;
  2. Avoid harm;
  3. Be independent, honest, and trustworthy;
  4. Be fair and take action not to discriminate;
  5. Respect the work required to produce new ideas, inventions, creative works and artefacts;
  6. Respect privacy and honour confidentiality;

HEC Lausanne has created two offices to ensure these principles are respected and to support and advice members of the faculty, personnel and students: the Ombudsperson and the Delegate for Integrity.



Office 1: Ombudsperson


If you need advices and you are unsure about whether your specific case constitutes a breach of scientific integrity, you can refer to the Ombudsperson. This office will provide confidential advice on your case. Anything discussed with this office will remain strictly confidential and will not be shared with other people or institutions.
The HEC Faculty Council elected Mauro Cherubini (e-mail: as the Ombudsperson in Fall 2021.



Office 2: Delegate for Integrity


If your case warrants a breach of scientific integrity, you will be advised to report the case to the Delegate for Integrity. This office will investigate the case further, and prepare a report that will be sent to the Rectorate. The report can include propositions for further actions.

The HEC Faculty Council elected Valérie Junod (e-mail: as the Delegate, and Valérie Chavez (e-mail: as her Substitute, in Fall 2021. 


More information on the process and research integrity at UNIL

A comprehensive description of research integrity is available (in French) from the Directive 4.2 of the University of Lausanne. The diagram below illustrates the process of a case that is denounced to the Delegate. The Ombudsperson is not involved in the investigation process, but provides advice even before the process start.


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