swissuniversities has been a member of the "Scholars at Risk" network since June 2017. The network aims to protect researchers who are persecuted for their opinions and to prevent attacks on the freedom of researchers. By joining, swissuniversities testifies to the solidarity of Swiss higher education and the commitment to academic freedom and autonomy. At the same time, it emphasizes the importance of allowing scientists to carry out their research activities under acceptable conditions.
The Swiss section (SAR Switzerland) is committed to sharing and disseminating the values and goals of Scholars at Risk. Its tasks also include sharing information and best-practice documents and planning joint activities with its section members. Founded in May 2017, the Swiss section of SAR now consists of 19 higher education institutions, as well as the Swiss Academies and swissuniversities.