Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct is meant to complement the Mission Statement and Policies of the University of Zurich.

  1. We cultivate mutual respect and appreciation amongst all members of the department: students, student assistants and tutors, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers, adjunct lecturers, guests, and all members of staff.
  2. Our communication is open, transparent, and inclusive.
  3. At the same time, we accept that certain information is subject to data protection laws and/or other regulations that require it to be treated confidentially (including opinions voiced and/or votes cast by individuals in internal meetings such as the IV).
  4. Any kind of information that does not have to be treated confidentially for the above-mentioned reasons will either be shared proactively or be made available upon request.
  5. All representative bodies cultivate a regular exchange on joint challenges, goals and strategies.
  6. The training and qualification of students, PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers is a top priority.
  7. We promote joint research activities and mutual support in teaching.
  8. We highly value a good working environment, based on a clear allocation of tasks, and commit to the Management and Leadership Guidelines of the University of Zurich. Details are specified in the document entitled “Leadership Guidelines at the English Seminar,” which all new members of staff are provided with at the start of their employment.
  9. We respect and protect work time and free time (incl. after-work hours, holidays, public holidays, and weekends).
  10. We are committed to solving conflicts in a manner that is both fair and objective.
  11. We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and fairness, and do not tolerate any form of discrimination, sexual harassment, or violence.
  12. All members of the department who witness a case of misconduct or are subject to it themselves are expected to talk to the person(s) involved or, if necessary, to contact the head or deputy head of department.
  13. The same applies to conflicts: If a conflict cannot be solved via the head or deputy head of department, staff members can consult the Employee Assistance Office (MBS) of the University of Zurich: https://www.mbs.uzh.ch/en.html. The VSUZH offers support for students: https://www.vsuzh.ch/hilfeleistungen.