Exams and Assessments

The student council Business, Economics and Managemend has published handouts about the examinations procedures. Take a look here if you have any questions:https://diefachschaft-bem.de/handreichungen-zu-pruefungsverfahren/

New information from the university about exams during the Corona pandemic in WiSe 20/21

Due to the concern and the uncertainty of increasing numbers of infections, especially against the background of the mutated variants of the virus as well as the tightened Corona measures of the federal and state governments, the presidium of the university asks all lecturers to switch exams that are currently still planned in person to an online format. However, lecturers cannot be forced to do so because of the freedom of teaching. Starting Monday, the final form of the exam will be entered into MyStudy. If lecturers do not want to switch to an online format under any circumstances, it will be examined on a case-by-case basis what will happen then, but according to the presidium, it is not responsible to carry on with in-person exams in February.

There will be three alternative exam 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.

In addition, students should be given the opportunity before the start of the examination period to familiarize themselves with online execution, e.g., by taking a mock exam. This applies in particular to the first variant with immediate working time via examination software.
Further information will be available from 27/01.

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 readerto 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.

Compulsory attendance

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.

Registration and deregistration

1. 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 daysbefore 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 (a form for sick leave can be found on the Leuphana homepage), and do not show up for the exam, the exam is considered failed and will be graded with 5,0.

2. Term Papers/Essays

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.

3. Combined Scientific Work / kombinierte wissenschaftliche Arbeiten

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).

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.

Useful links

Representations of the student groups

We are not the only ones who deal with exams. The representatives of the subject groups and the student councils usually know more than we do about subject-specific problems. You can find their contact details here.

The student council Business, Economics & Management has published a guide about exams.

At the University

Examination Regulations:

Examinations Office:

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.

Student and examination administration
Student Service
Building 8, 2nd floor

Opening hours
Lecture period: Mon and Tue 10-12 a.m., Thurs 10-12 a.m. and 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Lecture-free period: Thu 10-12 a.m. and 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

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.