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FAQ Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

The exception regulations for the implementation of examinations in bachelor's and master’s courses at the University of Applied Sciences South Westphalia due to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 epidemic (exception regulations corona epidemic) have been updated. The specific exceptions to the implementation of examinations in Bachelor and Master courses are explained in the FAQ.

Last updated: December 16, 2021

Frequently asked questions

Exceptional Regulations caused by the Coronavirus Epidemic

The new ordinance to cope with the challenges posed by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 epidemic to university operations (corona epidemic university ordinance) came into force on December 1, 2021.

On the basis of this corona epidemic university ordinance, the rectorate of the South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences issued the following exception regulations on December 15, 2021.

Do admission requirements no longer apply?

Admission requirements depend on the Examination Regulations applicable to your study course.

However, some faculties have issued exceptional regulations for some study courses, e.g. regarding admission to the practical phase or final thesis. You can also find the relevant Exceptional Regulations in the Examination Regulations of your study course.

Regulation on Free Attempts

For exams that were or are assigned to the winter semester 2020/2021, summer semester 2021 and the current winter semester 2021/2022, the following applies: Examinations that have been taken and not passed or for which the candidate did not appear are considered not to have been taken.

Please note: this does not apply if the assessment was “insufficient” (5.0) due to deception or the use of unauthorized aids or if the examinee was excluded from continuing the examination due to a disruption in the proper course of the examination! Then the test attempt will continue to be rated as "insufficient (5.0)" and will remain valid!

Standard period of study

For all students enrolled in the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21 or summer semester 2021 the standard period of study is extended by one semester.

This does not apply to students who started their studies in the winter semester 20201/2022.

Withdrawal from examinations

Withdrawal from an examination is allowed until its beginning.

The examination begins with the handing out of the examination paper. Examinations that the candidate fails to attend are deemed not to have been taken.

Nevertheless, in order to enable the faculties to plan better, we kindly ask you to withdraw from examinations in which you do not want to participate. This is possible online up to one day before the examination date.

You do not have to submit any medical certificates!

Information on withdrawal from examinations during the semester:

The relevant aspect for the question if a withdrawal, a failure or a termination has occurred, is whether the candidate has had the opportunity to have a look at the examination assignments.
Withdrawal = The registration for the examination has been withdrawn. In this case, the examination may not yet have started. The examination starts when the examination paper was handed out and can be worked on without any further steps being necessary by the university. For examination forms in which examination papers are uploaded, e.g. on Moodle, the examination has therefore started when the assignment is available for processing and the candidate can have a look at the assignment. Therefore, in the case of term papers and other assignments, the withdrawal must be actively declared before the examination paper is handed out / is available.
Failure = The candidate has not taken the examination. In the case of in-class examinations, the candidate did not appear on the examination date. In the case of other examination forms, there is a registration, the candidate must act actively to accept the assignment, but fails to do so. For example, if a topic for a term paper still needs to be agreed with the instructor and the candidate fails to do so, he or she fails the examination. Not submitting a term paper which processing time has already been started is not a failure.
Termination of the examination = The examination has already been taken, but is not completed and submitted for grading.

Participation in the colloquium without registration

Students who would successfully complete their studies by taking the colloquium or another individual examination in the examination semester do not have to be registered for the colloquium or this examination. For the purposes of exam administration, they are presented as if they were registered. Participation in this final examination is possible upon informal application in the student service office. The application must be received by the student service office at least one week before the exam.