INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
FAQs FOR STUDENTS (and Information for Teachers)
What general rules do I have to follow?
Make sure that you read the "Information on the Coronavirus" on our homepage, especially the Hygiene Rules at THM.
If you have spent time over the past few weeks in a high-risk country and/or are experiencing coughing, fever or cold-like symptoms or have preconditions that would place you at a high risk of sustaining a severe illness if you became infected with the coronavirus, please stay home and do not attend any sessions or sit for exams at THM. Consult your physician to assess your own risk.
At the present time, students returning from a high-risk country are not permitted to return to THM for at least 14 days. Except for certain examinations, students are currently requested not to come to THM.
Do I have to wear a face mask?
To provide students and staff with the best possible protection, anyone taking part in in-person events (examinations, any in-person module sessions that may be held later) is required to wear a face covering. This covering is a simple mask that serves to reduce the aerosols formed when sneezing or coughing. A simple face mask does not protect the wearer from the coronavirus directly, but when everyone wears a mask, this reduces everyone's risk of catching the disease.
You can make your own mask from several layers of paper towels or textile material. Free instructions on how to make a mask are available on the internet. At the present time it is difficult all over the world to find mass produced masks, and these are mainly distributed to public health institutions. For that reason, THM requests that you make sure you prepare your mask well in advance; one of the simplest ways would be to wear a neck scarf over your mouth and nose.
Is it permitted to record online lectures or other activities held online in their entirety or in part?
No. This is prohibited. This includes parts of online activities even lasting only a few seconds as well as taking photographs or saving screenshots.
This regulation is laid down in par. 201 of the German penal code (Strafgesetzbuch or StGB), according to which anyone shall be punished who records the words of any individual not spoken in a public context (in this case online activities ) without this person's consent. The only time recording is permitted is if the individual to be recorded provides his/her express consent for the recording or if other arrangements have been made (e.g. in the case of viewers with disabilities). THM reserves the right to report any violations of the law to the district attorney.
General Conditions for Examinations
COMPENSATING FOR A DISADVANTAGED SITUATION:
- I belong to a COVID-19 risk group. Will I be permitted alternative examinations?
If you are not able to sit for regular in-person examinations due to illness and if you can document this, you will have an exam in a suitable alternative form. The examinations committee responsible for your degree course will decide on the alternative examination.
- I have a disability, chronic illness or belong to a risk group (with medical certificate). Who can I talk to to find out how to compensate for this disadvantaged situation or about an opportunity to have an equivalent academic performance counted in the case of compulsory labs, field trips and other practical aspects of courses at THM?
The following people would be happy to help you:
- THM's emergency task force
- the examinations committee responsible for your degree course
- the staff in our BliZ department and
- the coordinator for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses
- Where can I find out about the design of barrier-free, digital teaching and learning content and examinations formats?
Instructions and the necessary information can be found in the Moodle course "Barrier-free digital contents (no password required). If you have any other questions, BliZ would be happy to assist you in the design and preparation of barrier-free contents.
- When will examinations be held at THM for the 2020 spring semester?
Examinations for the 2020 spring semester will be held on the following dates:
- from 20 to 25 July 2020
- and from 7 to 30 September 2020.
- Will the examinations for the 2020 spring semester be in-person examinations?
- If I return from a country to sit for an exam and there is a travel warning for this country issued by the Foreign Office, am I still permitted to sit the exam?
Yes, if you returned 14 days before your examination.
- Does this also apply if I return from one of the hotspots in Germany currently witnessing a coronavirus spike to sit for an examination for the 2020 spring semester?
Yes, if you returned 14 days before your examination.
- What protective measures must be followed when in-person examinations are held?
THM has developed a comprehensive hygiene plan in order to provide all students and staff with the best possible protection. These measures include among others the social distancing rule of 2 meters, the use of disinfectants and the wearing of face masks, which protect everyone present by minimizing aerosol formation. Please follow the instructions posted on signs and those given by exam invigilators. Should you have acute disease symptoms (coughing, cold-like symptoms and fever), you will unfortunately not be permitted to sit the examination.
If you suffer from a chronic illness that is accompanied by clear illness symptoms (as in the case of respiratory diseases), please have this condition confirmed by a doctor and bring a note certifying a chronic illness to the examination.
- May students go to the toilet during examinations?
Trips to the toilet are permitted, however only one at a time for each gender. Only one person may be in toilet facilities at any given time.
- May I ask questions during the examination?
Questions typical during exams are permitted. Students who have a question raise their hands and the invigilator will come to them, maintaining the 2-metre distancing rule if possible.
- Will I be given a failing assessment if I do not attend the in-person examination in view of the current situation?
The university is doing its best to prevent you from having any disadvantages due to the current situation. In general, you must give notice that you will not sit for the examination at least one week before it is held. If you do not come to the examination due to the exceptional situation, an exceptional case will be made and you will not be given a failing assessment. In this case, do not give notice of your decision not to sit the exam via our online services. Instead email the secretary's office of your department, informing them of your decision.
- What procedure is used for meetings with the professor to review my exam results?
Request a meeting via email to review your examination performance. Specific dates for the meeting must be arranged. The review meeting is to be held at THM on the dates arranged and the hygiene rules in place must be followed.
ORAL EXAMINATIONS AND COLLOQUIA:
- What is the current procedure for oral examinations?
In general, due to the current situation all oral examinations are held online (video conferences) to minimize social contact as much as possible. Please contact the secretary's office or the dean's office of your department to arrange the details (exam date and procedure to be used).
- What are the rules for conducting online oral examinations?
The rules laid down in paragraphs 7 und 8 in the General Provisions for Undergraduate and Graduate Examination Regulations (examiner configuration, duration of examination, protocol, etc.) are to be used accordingly.
- How will I be informed about the results of my examination?
The department will email you the examination protocol. Please confirm the receipt of the protocol via email and submit your signature as soon as possible afterwards.
- What happens if there is a (technical) interruption or disturbance during my online examination?
There are several options here including restarting the examination at a later time or continuing the examination for the time remaining. The examination committee will decide what to do in each case, keeping in mind that potential disadvantages for students are to be minimized if possible.
- Can online examinations be held outside regular hours?
In view of the current situation, conducting digital examinations at times outside regular daily hours is advisable because the internet connection is more stable.
- Can oral final examinations or colloquia be held in-person in exceptional cases?
In exceptional cases* this is possible. If the minimum distance of 2 meters can be maintained in a sufficiently large room and if hygiene rules can be followed, then sufficient protection against infection is possible. To take part in an in-person examination, students must complete and bring this form.
*An exceptional case exists only if the technical requirements for an online examination are not available. In addition, an in-person examination is not possible, if external examiners (e.g. from companies) must be present.
Performance Assessment for Digital Learning and Testing
- Due to technical problems I cannot access or open materials relevant for an exam because my internet connection at home is not stable, my laptop is not working or I cannot afford the costs of an internet connection. How will this disadvantage be compensated?
This will depend on the type of performance assessment. Please contact the chairperson of your examinations committee in this regard. Potential disadvantage that occur due to the current situation are to be avoided if this is possible. Solutions for each individual case will be found.
Final Theses / Term Papers:
- In what form do I have to submit my written final thesis / term paper?
All written work is to be submitted in a digital form. Because of the necessity to minimize social contact, it is not possible at the present time to turn in your work in person at THM. Please do NOT put your written work in THM internal letter boxes.
- What format do I have to save my written work in?
Usually as a PDF file. Talk to someone in your dean's office about any possible exceptions.
- Who do I address this email to?
To the responsible examiner with cc to your dean's office and the chairperson of the examinations committee.
- Do I have to request a read or delivery receipt?
This is advisable.
- Which date is the official date received?
For the on-time submission of your written work, the time the email was sent applies. Please do not put ANY written work in THM internal letter boxes because in this case the date received cannot be determined.
- Do I have to submit a paper copy of my work later?
Yes, send two copies by post. If you are not able to have your thesis or paper bound because the shops are closed, then send unbound copies of your work.
- I am in the process of writing my final thesis and I still have exams to take. The deadline for me to submit my thesis and the postponed exam period are very close to each other. What can I do?
In view of the current situation you can stop work on your thesis and resume at a later date. In this case, please talk to your supervisor and send the corresponding form to the chairperson of the responsible examinations committee.
- I am currently working on my final thesis and the company where I am working on the thesis project wants to introduce reduced working hours or close temporarily. What is the best thing to do?
Potential disadvantages that you experience due to the current situation are to be avoided if possible and we want to find individual solutions for each problem.
The General Provisions at THM stipulate that extensions for theses may be granted or that work on theses may be temporarily interrupted if important reasons for this are present such as reduced working hours, company closures or similar circumstances. In this case, please talk to your supervisor and send the corresponding form to the chairperson of the responsible examinations committee.
- I am currently working on my final thesis and the company where I am working has filed for bankruptcy or has stopped the project I am basing my thesis on. What do I do?
Potential disadvantages that you experience due to the current situation are to be avoided if possible and we want to find individual solutions for each problem. Please talk to your supervisor first and then contact the chairperson of your exams committee. Try to agree on whether it is possible to complete your thesis if the topic has been completely decoupled from the project at the company. If this is not possible, another solution will be found. A failing assessment in this case will not be given.
- I would like to begin work on my final thesis but I do not have all of the modules because the examinations period was postponed. Can I still start on my thesis?
You would like to begin work on your thesis but there are still modules for you to complete due to the postponed examination period and these modules are the prerequisite for you to begin the thesis. Please keep in mind that this is at your own risk should you fail the module(s) in question. With this risk in mind, the chairperson of your exams committee can approve your request to begin. Please submit the proper form to the responsible examinations committee.
- Can I do my final thesis first although I still have to complete my practical training? This isn't possible because the company where I am working has stopped the project due to reduced working hours, insolvency or other reasons.
The relevant examinations committee will decide on each case depending on the individual circumstances. All committees will do their best to ensure that any potential disadvantages you may exerience are minimized.
- Who do I talk to if I have any other questions?
For any other questions relating to your individual case, please contact ONLY your dean's office.
Practical Training Period / Internship:
- I am currently in the practical training period of the course but I cannot complete the entire 450 hours before I begin with my thesis due to reduced working hours, closure, quarantine or similar circumstances. May I shorten the practical training period?
No. You must make up any absences. The only absences that do not have to be made up are those that result from a reduced number of hours in the work week.
- Because one of the weeks of the exam period was postponed until June, I cannot begin the practical training period / internship as planned. What do I do?
If due to the postponement of exams until June you cannot complete modules you require to begin your practical training period / internship, which prevents you from beginning this period as planned, please contact the examinations committee responsible for your degree course. In certain cases and against the background of the current exceptional situation, the committee can approve your request to begin the practical training period / internship. Please keep in mind that you must nonetheless complete these modules and that it is at your own risk should you fail any modules later.
- I am currently receiving funding from the Federal Education and Training Act (Bafög). Can any disadvantages in terms of funding result due to the fact that the university is closed because of the pandemic?
Students who receive this funding will not be disadvantaged due to university closure because of the pandemic. If you have any specific questions, the responsible office for state education funding at the relevant student services office would be happy to provide assistance.
- Will BQ examinations be held?
The application procedure is under way. Information on examination dates will be provided in due course.
- Due to health concerns in view of the corona pandemic I did not take a final examination in the 2019-20 autumn semester. What happens to the bonus points from the 2019-20 autumn semester?
Against the background of the corona pandemic, an exception will be made and any bonus points earned in the 2019-20 autumn semester will be carried over to the following 2020 spring semester. The transfer of bonus points acquired will occur regardless whether the module examinations were held in January or in June. For bonus points acquired for the 2020 spring semester, semester coupling as per § 9 par. 4 of the General Provisions applies.
- Lectures for the 2020-21 autumn semester begin on 2 November 2020. May I complete exams and other assessments for the 2020 spring semester in October without renewing registration for the 2020-21 autumn semester?
The 2020-21 autumn semester begins on 1 October 2020. Exams and other performance assessments must be completed by 30 September 2020. Should by way of exception examinations be held in October that belong to the 2020 spring semester, these must be assigned to the 2020-21 autumn semester.
To sit examinations held in October 2020 or at a later time during the autumn semester, enrolment or renewed registration for the 2020-21 autumn semester is required.
*NEW* Lectures in the 2020-21 autumn semester
The most important information is given below:
- The 2020-21 autumn semester begins on 1 October 2020; the start of lectures is on 2 November 2020.
- The month of October will be used exclusively for purposes of preparing students for another online semester using (already designed) digital material. The only sessions to be held in October will be makeup sessions from the 2020 spring semester (in-person labs or online sessions).
- As before, most lectures will be held online in the autumn semester.
- Exceptions to this rule are all based on the principle: "We will do what we can" and include:
- - Labs and practical training that in accordance with the hygiene rules have been allowed, but not required, to be held in-person from the beginning. This gives teachers the flexibility to re-implement bespoke online teaching methods developed in the 2020 spring semester
- - Selected in-person lectures for small groups of first-year students to give these students the opportunity to become acquainted with their department and THM. For this purpose, the maximum available room capacity is currently under review in coordination with the departments in order to select and plan lectures based on the given conditions.
- The end of lectures will be on 29 January 2021 as planned. To compensate for the late beginning of lectures, the three days before Christmas (21-23 December 2020) will also be available for lectures. In addition, regular lecture sessions must be planned in place of the project week originally scheduled for January (4-8 January 2021).
- The examinations period will remain as originally planned (1-13 February 2021 and 22-27 March 2021). However, an extension of the examinations period in February (15-20 Feb 2021) and/or March (15-20 March 2021) and the relevant capacities in external buildings is currently under review.
Information Centre and Students Advisory Service
Our open consultation hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. via THM live chat (located at the lower right-hand corner of the monitor).
Information for stays abroad and international students
I am already abroad or will begin my stay abroad shortly, Where can I find out more about this?
You can find more information on your stay abroad (you are already abroad or your stay abroad will begin soon) in the News section of the International Office's homepage.
I am already studying at THM or will begin my stay abroad at THM shortly. Where can I find out more about this?
You can find more information on your current or upcoming stay abroad at THM in the News section of the International Office's homepage.
How do I get a valid semester ticket during the corona crisis?
It is currently not possible to furnish semester tickets with the proper labels since all THM buildings are closed.
At the present time you can print out a PDF replacement ticket. This ticket can be downloaded when you log on to the "Online Services for Students" and follow the link in the information text.
The *new* replacement ticket you must print out is valid through 30 September 2020 only in conjunction with ...
- For already enrolled students renewing registration: ...a student ID chip card with a semester ticket label for the 2019-20 autumn semester and a current certificate of registrations for the 2020 spring semester along with your identification card or passport.
- For beginning students or transfer students: ...a current certificate of registration for the 2020 spring semester along with a student ID chip card and your identification card or passport. You can print out your current certificate of registration if you have activated your user account.
Note: All students who already have a student ID with the current semester label do not require a PDF replacement ticket. Instead, they can use their chip card as per the normal RMV conditions.