Research is one of the mainstays of the Swiss Distance University Institute with the aim of consolidating its position on the Swiss and international university landscape. In order to guarantee the proportionality of the research experiments and the protection of the participants, the Distance Learning University set up an Ethics Commission. This has been effective since 26th April 2019 and is based on international guidelines (Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, ASA Code of Ethics).
The main task of the Ethics Commission is to examine the various research activities of the Distance Learning University. Its goal is to guarantee the proportionate nature of the work carried out as well as the protection of the participants in the experiments. The researchers at the Distance Learning University can carry out empirical research into human beings only if the Ethics Commission has given its approval.