Code of Conduct in study and research

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Inappropriate behaviour in study and research

Our interpretation in detail:

  • Knowingly or unknowingly incorrect behaviour in study or in research.
  • Irregularities in examinations.
  • Not giving proper credit to others' ideas.
  • Proportionately less contribution to group projects.
  • Inaccurate statements about one's own work or the work of third parties.
  • Manipulation of data and results.
  • Dishonesty in IT licenses.


  • Varying marks based on gender.
  • Plagiarism.
  • Publishing someone else's idea without their consent.
  • Pressuring someone to include a wrong result in a publication.
  • Disregard for IT-rules (Student use ETH-software privately).

How to react to inappropriate behaviour:

  • If you are a victim of inappropriate behaviour, you should respond quickly and firmly.
  • A slow response makes it more difficult to convey that the behaviour or actions are inappropriate and unwelcome. It must be understood that you will not tolerate such behaviour. If you are silent or passive, this can be interpreted as acceptance of the inappropriate actions and behaviour.
  • If verbal communication is unsuccessful, inform the harasser in writing that the inappropriate behaviour must stop. See: Sample letter to someone harassing you.
  • Talk to other people. Determine if others are having similar experiences.
  • Document your situation. Keeping a detailed log in which you note all incidents (i.e. the person harassing you, date, time, place, words, gestures, type of offence, witnesses) can make it easier to prove inappropriate behaviour and actions.
  • Depending on the type of inappropriate behaviour, ETH regulations provide different mechanisms through which complaints can be escalated. The people on our contact list can advise on this matter.
  • People who accuse innocent people of inappropriate behaviour can expect the same consequences as those who harass others!


Contact the relevant organizations and people depending on who you feel most comfortable to talk to. As a first point of contact, you can always turn to our confidant D-ITET.

Confidentiality and discretion are guaranteed by all contact persons.

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