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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - E-Assessment

Legal rules COVID-19 pandemic

[The following translation is for your convenience. Only the German version is reviewed.]

Supplementary information to the "Handreichung zur Online-Durchführung von Closed-Book-Prüfungen"

(Handout for the Online Conduct of Closed-Book Exams)

Punkt 7: "Die Studierenden sind über die landesrechtlichen und universitären Regelungen in Hinsicht auf Bedeutungen von Täuschungsversuch, Nichtantritt, Sonderregelungen bei Nichtbestehen unter Corona-Bedingungen und sonstige Nachteilsausgleiche aufzuklären, damit die vom Gesetzgeber durch die Sonderregelungen mitbeabsichtigte Minimierung des Drucks zur Ablegung von Prüfungen unter erschwerten Pandemie-Bedingungen zum Tragen kommen kann. Dies kann über eine standardisierte Information gelöst werden."

[Translation: Paragraph 7: "Students are to be informed about the state and university regulations with regard to the meaning of attempted cheating, failure to attend, special regulations in the event of failure under corona conditions and other disadvantage compensation, so that the minimisation of pressure to take examinations under difficult pandemic conditions, which was also intended by the legislator through the special regulations, can take effect. This can be solved by means of standardised information."]


Exceptions to the standard period of study due to the COVID 19 pandemic

For persons who were enrolled at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (or other state or state-recognised universities in Berlin) in the winter semester 2020/21 and were not on leave of absence, an individual standard period of study that deviates from the standard period of study and is extended by one semester applies. This means that the semester is counted as a subject semester, and at the same time the number of semesters of the standard period of study is increased by one semester.


Rules on non-attendance and non-passing under special regulations for COVID-19

Case 1: Examination taken but not passed.

Examination under corona conditions (examinations in summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/2021):

The examination is deemed not to have been taken (BerlHG § 126b) and does not appear in the examination file. Corona special rule.

—> No failed attempt!


Case 2: Registered for the examination, examination takes place, registered student does not appear AND has a valid reason for withdrawal.

Required: Withdrawal from the examination must be declared in writing immediately (at the latest on the third working day) after the examination date AND the reason for withdrawal must be substantiated (e.g. in the case of illness: submission of a medical certificate).

Examination under corona conditions: The examination committee checks whether the reason for withdrawal is considered a permitted withdrawal and thus registration, admission and examination attempt are deemed not to have taken place (§ 107 Para. 2 Sentence 5 ZSP-HU).

—> If the examination board decides positively, no failed attempt!


Case 3: Registered for the examination, examination takes place, registered student does not appear AND has no valid reason for withdrawal.

Examination under Corona conditions: The student has failed the examination. NO special rule because of COVID-19.

—> Failed (unsuccessful attempt)!

Other aspects of the exam

Camera and microphone

Camera and microphone may only be deactivated during the examination if the supervisor has permitted this. After a maximum of three requests by the supervisor (verbally, if necessary in chat), the deactivated camera and microphone must be reactivated immediately. If the camera and microphone are deactivated without authorisation or the request to activate them is not complied with, this may be considered an attempt to cheat. Incidents will be recorded in the examination protocol.

Note: The loudspeakers should remain switched on during the entire examination period.


Attempted cheating

Anyone who cheats or attempts to cheat when taking an examination has failed the examination.

If the cheating only becomes known after the passing of the examination has been confirmed, the confirmation will be cancelled and withdrawn, i.e. the examination will be assessed as failed (§ 111 ZSP-HU).

Important: Special regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic do not apply, as the attempted cheating is the cause for failing the examination and not the pandemic-related disadvantages in the preparation for the examination.

—> Failed (is counted as a failed attempt)!


Compensation for disadvantages in e-examinations

A disadvantage compensation (NTA) requires an application by the student. In the case of e-examinations ("final module examinations which are carried out exclusively with the use of electronic information and communication technologies"), a disadvantage compensation can be applied for if the student does not meet the technical requirements (see § 107a, Para. 7 ZSP-HU).

The student must credibly demonstrate the existence of the relevant conditions. The responsible examination board decides on the type and granting of a disadvantage compensation for examination performances (§ 109 ZSP-HU).

Note: Applications should be submitted with sufficient time in advance, as the NTA procedure and the realisation of the NTA require time.

An NTA can also be granted for other reasons, e.g. to grant longer examination periods. The requirements for this are governed by § 109 ZSP.

(status 2/21/2021)