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The Situation at the ETH was pointed never so as now

Mr Schiesser, for the first Time in its history, the ETH applied for the dismissal of a Professor. Prior to that, she was 164 years without. How do you explain that to the Public?
It is not the first case of a dispute with the professors. Other cases were usually solved at the school level or Department internally. Until now, however, there was never such a degeneration of the Situation.

Guaranteed Jobs until the Pension is otherwise only found in the Vatican. Why ETH?
We are guided by the legal basis of the Federal government. You wanted to set up the conditions so that it is attractive to get the best professors. This is not to say that we can lay off people. We see in the current case. Important is: It must never of mental and physical health of the doctoral candidates at the expense of go.

bullying and scientific failures there were before. Why escalate the Situation in such a way?
There was on the one hand, of social change: power, positions and submissions are now perceived differently. It is good that these changes in society are also at the ETH and lead to structural changes. With all the young professors, we have set takes place for a change. The generation change at the ETH is ushered in.

To be made with the dismissal also an example of?
no, the case will be evaluated like any other – according to the law. The Professor will now be heard by the ETH-Council. It will take a few weeks, until we decide. Possible that the case will be moved to the Federal court.

"Added: A Professor for more resources on lawyers are usually available to the students."

ETH Palace in 2017, the Institute for astronomy and sent the Professor into a Sabbatical. An investigation was initiated only under pressure from the Public. Why are you so late?
It is a misunderstanding. The procedure was initiated before the case was publicly known. The ETH Board has ordered an administrative investigation. The case came a month later to the Public.

the Problem might be in the internal communication? At the ETH doctoral students and students who are involved in a process, there is little information.
It is not very easy to explain to the Affected, what rights do you have and where you have no legal status. Maybe you have to make as a guide to the information of the data. We need to protect on the other hand, the personality rights of the professors. Your right have Accused.

not the Latter Were considered always to be higher?
lawyers for The professors who would disagree with you.

In the process, the students get no legal representation, the accused professors do nothing without your lawyer. Do not need to rethink the ETH?
We do not act in a vacuum, but in accordance with rules under the Federal law. The external specialists, the result of these studies, ETH Zurich. There is a criminal complaint that would change the rights of parties. Added: A Professor for more resources on lawyers are usually available to the students. The latter, however, have different possibilities for support, the reporting body of the ETH Board.

There have been no dismissals of professors, but some work relationships have been resolved to the "mutual agreement". It should also be the money flowing, so that professors will leave the ETH.
I can't remember any case. In the event of unjustified termination, there can be a compensation. There may be cases in which it is separated, and the salary was still paid for three months.

As President of the ETH Board, you will have the supervision of the ETH. Have you look in the last few years, to little?
It makes me sad that these cases happen. Now, where they are known, we can act. So, as the Lord Mesot. It requires a cultural change that takes time. I don't see what the ETH-Council would have been able to do otherwise. The ETH- schools to function autonomously, we are not allowed to intervene under the law and the need to ensure the independence of the schools.

so you were able to do nothing, if you experienced levels of abuse?
But, we will interview the President sought, as at the time, with Lino Guzzella. We decided in the ETH-Council, that the case must be worked up at the astronomy Institute, the scientific misconduct. But ultimately, it is the responsibility of the Institution, of the ETH, investigate and implement measures.

The focus of the research institutes. At Empa students accuse a Professor of few plagiarism, and bullying. How bad is it?
To can not this is the case, I Express my opinion, because I know what's coming to us. In addition, I would like to point out that there is a ETH-Professor pair.

what is it?
a Person is at the Empa, the hired others, at the ETH.

Nevertheless, the man acted at Empa as a supervisor of his / her life partner.
The problem of such constellations, we have recognized already some time ago, and measures taken. Whether there are among the 20'000 employees of the ETH such constellations, I can not judge.


Created: 15.03.2019, 22:51 PM

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