Information on examinations during the Corona pandemic in WiSe 21/22 [as of 27.1.2022].
By 21 January, all teachers should have communicated the format in which the examinations will be conducted. If this has not yet happened in your course, please contact the teacher first with reference to the mail from the President’s Office dated 17.2.22.
Here is the overview of the applicable rules.
1️⃣ Withdrawal period 5 working days, cancellation on Qis
2️⃣ Exception presence exams: Withdrawal until the beginning of the examination due to e.g. quarantine (no proof required!)
3️⃣ Two free attempts: No credit as failed attempt in case of “not passed” (on application!)
4️⃣ Rules on sick leave, compensation for disadvantages etc. unchanged
5️⃣ Digital exam mock exam to familiarise yourself with software.
As in previous semesters, there will again be 2 free attempts in this examination phase – regardless of the examination format. In concrete terms, this means that exams in which you fail will not be counted as failed attempts. To do this, you must apply to the Examinations Office for a free attempt. You can find out who is responsible for you here.
Important: In winter semester 20/21 and summer semester 21 there were also two free attempts. If you did not redeem any free attempts in these semesters, even though you failed your exams, you can still apply for them retroactively to your responsible administrator.
The free attempts are regulated in the Corona Annex to the Framework Examination Regulations in § 9. Only 1 free attempt can be redeemed per module.
If you fall ill before an exam, you must report this immediately to the Student Services. You can then hand in your certificate there.
The procedure for different types of exams is described here once again.
Withdrawal from exams
If you have registered for the exam on the first date and now want to take the exam on the second date, you have to withdraw from the exam at QIS until five working days before it takes place. The exact withdrawal date is also indicated in myStudy for the respective exam. To be on the safe side and as proof in case of problems, always make a current printout of your QIS account. Under the menu item “exam administration” and then “Info about registered exams” and/or “Info about canceled exams” at the end on the left side there is the possibility to “PDF print” an overview. You should also receive email notification of your withdrawal.
After withdrawing from the 1st exam date, you will then be automatically registered for the second date by Student Services. You will also receive a notification via email, but this may take a few days Therefore, please always carefully check your exam status in QIS when you receive an email. If you cannot or do not want to take the exam then, you have to deregister from QIS until five working days before the exam (see withdrawal date in myStudy).
If you do not withdraw from your registration in time, are not sick, and do not show up for the exam, the exam is considered failed and will be graded with 5,0.
If you are registered for a term paper on the first date and do not want to hand it in on the first date, you also deregister from QIS. If there is a second deadline (not the case everywhere, check with myStudy!), you register for it in the next semester at QIS.
In the case of combined scientific work, the examiner can determine that a withdrawal is not possible without giving reasons. You can read about this at myStudy. Then there is noformal way to withdraw from combined scientific work without giving reasons. If there is no withdrawal exclusion, a withdrawal is always possible online within the given deadline (see myStudy).
Compensation for disadvantages
If, for example, you are unable to take examinations in the prescribed form due to physical or mental limitations, you must be allowed an extended processing time or an alternative format. The same applies in the case of care due to illness of close relatives. The decision as to whether such compensation applies in your case is made by the relevant examination board. Please contact the person responsible for you in the examination office as early as possible with the relevant documents/attestations in order to have clarity by the examination date! You can see who is responsible for you here.
All information about the compensation here.
More information on exams
The student council of Business, Economics and Management has published a very helpful handout on exams in 2021. Feel free to have a look if you have further questions, e.g. about contact persons or equal opportunities.
Shortened withdrawal up to exam start
For examinations that take place in attendance, withdrawal is possible until the beginning of the examination. This avoids the problem of short-term quarantine measures without an official order. So if you go into quarantine due to an order from the health office or “voluntarily”, you do not have to appear for the presence examination.
If you go into quarantine at short notice before the exam, your non-appearance will be treated as a withdrawal. You do not have to submit any proof of this! It is sufficient if you do not take the exam.
The withdrawal period is regulated in the Corona Annex to the Framework Examination Regulations in § 8.
The university is currently planning to make FFP2 masks compulsory throughout, including at the seating area, as well as distributing them over several rooms and ensuring distances. Further information will follow.
For the protection of you and your fellow students, we recommend that you take a test before the exam. The test centre is open from 7:30 to 18:00. In case of short-term Quranic measures, e.g. due to a positive rapid test, you should of course not appear for the exam.
Withdrawal 5 days
The following applies to this examination phase: The deadline for withdrawing from an examination without giving a reason is currently 5 working days. You can cancel your registration as usual on Qis.
Alternative (digital) formats
There are three alternative formats
- • Examination with immediate online working time according to the time specification in the subject-specific appendices via examination software PLUS specification of the software used (EvaExam or Moodle online examination),
- Examination with extended working time (6-24 hours) with the provision of the examination tasks in a Word/pdf file via myStudy or Moodle,
- Examination with immediate working time according to the time specification in the subject-specific appendices with the provision of the examination tasks in a Word/pdf file via myStudy or Moodle.
Students must be given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with online delivery before the examination period begins, e.g. by taking a mock examination.
This applies in particular to the first variant with immediate processing time via examination software.
Rights at digital exams
The University has reviewed the state’s current data privacy regulations and has reached the following conclusion:
- An attendance/identity check with ID and student card is generally permitted for online exams. However, only the examiner and the student are allowed to be in the Zoom room during the check. Other students are not allowed to see your ID!
- Further monitoring measures are not legally secured during an online exam!
A detailed guideline for online exams can be found here.
Free legal advice
If you have any questions concerning exams, such as objections, etc., you can consult a lawyer at the free legal advice service of the AStA. You can register by signing up on the list in front of the AStA office or by mail or phone.
You can find more information here.
More general information
For all questions you have regarding registration or deregistration of examinations, credits, and also objections, you must contact the examinations office. Your contact person is assigned to you according to the study program and last name.
- Contact persons for examination-related questions at the university
- Sometimes you have to make an appointment via myStudy, sometimes you can just go there during opening hours.
Student and examination administration Student Service Building 8, 2nd floor
Criticism concerning the RPO
What do we study for? Exams and marks, yeah! Of course, that’s not really what matters to us in our studies, but nevertheless, there are always problems. That’s why you’ll find some useful information concerning your exams and other formalities in your studies on this page.
The AStA has created a reader to help you understand the examination regulations (RPO).
On this page, you will also find information about compulsory attendance, registration and deregistration for exams, advice, and our ideal RPO.
In your seminar attendance lists are handed out? Your lecturers insist on attendance to admit you to the exam?
Bad news first: This can be legal.
The Lower Saxony Higher Education Act(Niedersächsisches Hochschulgesetz) excludes a general obligation to be present:
Study and examination regulations may only require students to be present in courses if this is necessary to achieve the goal of a course.§7(4) NHG
In our RPO, this necessity is regulated through the “successful participation”:
If it is necessary to achieve the qualification goal, the responsible study commission may, upon application of a lecturer or the person responsible for the module, stipulate successful participation as a prerequisite for admission to the module examination. In doing so, it must be defined when successful participation exists.§6(1) RPO
If successful participation, which can also include attendance, has been decided, the information about it mustalso appear in the course description in myStudy. The study commissions have equal representation, which means that the same number of lecturers and students are entitled to vote there. So if there is successful participation required in a module and you don’t think it makes sense, talk to your student representatives! Probably they can follow your argumentation and hopefully next year the module will not have a successful attendance anymore Also, keeping attendance records does not have to have any effect on the grading: Other examples are for research purposes. But this should be made clear at the start! If an attendance list is kept and it cannot be explained to you why then it may not be legal. In such cases, you should contact Thies Reinck, the ombudsperson of the university. He will mediate between students and lecturers. You can find more information here.
You are also welcome to contact us! We will gladly mediate and give you tips.
Our ideal RPO
It’s easy to critizise, ideals of free education are important, but neither helps in a specific case alone.
In 2016, we sat down with students from all faculties and came up with our current “ideal” RPO. This group had formed after the plenary meeting in early June.
You can find the result here: Ideal RPO
The most important points for us:
- §6 Forms of modules (1): A description of how we imagine study courses and a reference that there can be no compulsory attendance.
- §11 Dates and deadlines (1): A list of students who cab move up to take a vacant place in the module remains active throughout the semester, and places are allocated by lottery.
- §13 Repetition of examinations: Examinations can be repeated an unlimited number of times, including the Bachelor thesis. Each failed attempt will be noted in the Transcript of Records. Repeats must be offered in the same semester for combined academic papers and examinations, and in the following semester for the other forms of examination. A didactic inseparability must be decided by the responsible study committee.
- § 14 Evaluation of examination performances, formation, and weighting of grades: The evaluation must be available no later than 10 days before the repeat examination.
- § 16 Withdrawal, neglect, cheating, the invalidity of the Bachelor examination: Withdrawal is possible at any time. tudents who do not appear for an exam, even though they are registered, will not receive a failed attempt. A medical certificate is sufficient as confirmation of the inability to take the examination.
- § 22 Additional modules can be taken! Even within a module, double assignments are possible, provided that the courses are different.