Finding help

Contact a person of trust | Why contact a person of trust | Other resources
 

Contact a person of trust

The persons of trust are an independent and free resource available to the entire university community (students, intermediary staff, administrative and technical staff, professorial staff). They offer support, help, advice or a listening ear for any type of difficult situation, in full confidentiality.

Not sure how to characterise your situation? See our help page for identifying a problematic situation or contact one of the persons of trust.

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Nils Kapferer

E-mail: conseil@nkapferer.ch
Phone. 0800 800 303

"I have been involved for more than 10 years against heterosexist discrimination, i.e. discrimination based on sexual and emotional orientation, gender identity and expression, and gendered characteristics. I want my knowledge to contribute to a serene study, research and work environment in the university community. I am here for you, so please never hesitate to contact me."

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Irène Schmidlin

E-mail: irene@conseil-schmidlin.ch
Phone: 0800 800 303

"As an attorney and social worker, I have long been sensitive to equality issues. The important thing for me is to offer you listening support and advice, and to commit to being by your side as we explore together a solution adapted to your needs in complete confidentiality."

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Patrick Mangold

(ad interim)

E-mail: patrick@patrickmangold.ch
Phone: 0800 800 303

"I am an attorney specialised in employment law, with a focus on issues related to personality protection. When you contact me, you can be sure I’ll listen attentively and humanely, as well as provide professional advice, with a view to a proper resolution of your situation."

Why contact a person of trust

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For what: if you are experiencing or witnessing a difficult situation (harassment, discrimination, sexism, conflict, physical or psychological violence) in the context of your work or studies at UNIL

For whom: any member of the community (students, intermediary staff, administrative and technical staff, professorial staff)

Services: get support, help, advice or a listening ear, within 48 hours of contact

Conditions: free of charge and completely confidential (service external to UNIL)

What is a person of trust?

This service is an independent and free resource available to the entire university community (students, intermediary staff, administrative and technical staff, professorial staff), in order to promote a favourable work and study climate. The persons of trust are mandated by UNIL but are entirely external, thus guaranteeing absolute confidentiality of your exchanges.

Any member of the community (students, intermediary staff, administrative and technical staff, professorial staff) who wishes to receive support, help, advice or a listening ear concerning a relational, operational or collaborative difficulty, can contact a person of trust.

How can they help you?

These professionals offer support, help, advice or a listening ear for any relational, operational or collaborative difficulty, or for a situation of harassment, sexism, violence or discrimination. This can take different forms:

  • Individual consultation: this is the first step to take if you need help. The consultation will take place in complete confidentiality and will offer you a listening space. No information will be passed on to anyone without your consent. The person of trust will review with you the support options available and possible actions.
  • Mediation: the mediator is an impartial, independent third party with no power of decision, who, by organising confidential consultations, helps to re-establish communication or resolve the conflict in the interests of all the parties involved. Any employee who is involved in a conflict or who is experiencing communication issues may request mediation. A line manager who identifies relational difficulties in his/her service or department may also propose to request mediation. In some cases, another person than the person of trust may be commissioned for the mediation.
  • Information sessions on conflict and harassment: the persons of trust are available upon request to organize information or awareness sessions for UNIL services or departments to meet their specific needs.
  • Scope of action: the persons of trust are available to persons who wish to report a situation. They will present to them the various actions that can be taken, but they do not carry out investigations. The Rectorate may commission external experts to conduct administrative investigations, but only when reports are brought to its attention.

Other resources

In case of emergency

Dorigny campus
From a mobile phone: 021 692 20 00
From an internal landline: 115

Campus Bugnon/Epalinges ou hors campus
Police : 117
Ambulance : 144

Fire department : 118

Get a forensic medical evaluation
Get support in case of a criminal offence (information in French only)