The Ethics Committee is part of USI's standing committees (art. 18 par. 2 lett. f Statute USI). It has the purpose of raising awareness of ethical principles in the community and putting them into practice.
On one hand, the Ethics Committee is in charge of examining and approving under an ethical point of view all research projects and scientific publications that do not fall within the Cantonal Ethics Committee's responsibilities. The committee's review of projects and publications follows all national and international requirements in the field of scientific research (cf. ASS, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences guidelines on scientific integrity).The Ethics Committee is responsible for all reports concerning suspected cases of plagiarism or any other scientific misconduct by staff and faculty.