What do I generally have to be aware of?
Please stay informed through "Information on the Coronavirus" on our homepage, and pay particular attention to the THM hygiene rules. If you have stayed in risk areas in the last few weeks and/or have cough, fever or cold symptoms, or previous illnesses through which a possible infection with the coronavirus could increase the risk of a more serious course of the illness, please stay at home and do not take part in classes, events, or examinations. You should also consult your general practitioner (GP) about your personal risk.
Students are currently not allowed to return to the THM for at least 14 days after a trip from one of the designated risk areas.
May I work more than 20 hours/week in the period up to April 19th?
The period during which the universities are closed due to the coronavirus is considered a "lecture-free period". This means that students can work more than 20 hours per week during this period; however, the 26-week limit remains unaffected for the time being.
General conditions for examinations
- What about the final exams that were supposed to take place in the past examination week at the THM? The examination week from 23 March – 28 March 2020 has been postponed to Tuesday, 2 June - Monday, 8 June 2020. The university and the faculties are making every effort to minimise potential disadvantages that may result from the postponement by means of special regulations. As soon as there are any concrete details to report, you will be informed in good time and in an appropriate manner via this page or via your department, for example by email or via Moodle.
- If I have registered for the original exam dates, do I have to cancel my registration or does my registration then automatically apply to the newly set exam date in June?
If I have already registered for the original exam date(s), my registration will automatically remain valid for the June exam date(s). If I have already cancelled my registration due to Covid-19, I must contact my department of studies via email by 30 April 2020 at the latest and reactivate it. Please do not use the online services! As usual, you can cancel your registration at least one week before the exam. Again, please do not cancel via the online services, but via email to your department of studies. If you do not cancel your registration for the exam, it will be registered as a failed attempt.
- May I register for the examination dates in June if I did not originally register for the date(s) during the winter semester?
Registration is only possible for those who had already registered for the original examination date(s) during the winter semester.
- In the upcoming spring semester, I would like to take part in a module for which a module from the postponed examination week is a binding requirement. Can I still take the module that builds on this?
Binding prerequisites remain valid; they ensure that you begin a module with adequate previous knowledge. You can only register for the relevant examination if you have already passed the required prerequisite module. Therefore, you have to take the examination of the prerequisite module in June, pass it and can then register for the examination phase of the spring semester 2020 for the module that builds on it. This means that you bear the risk yourself if you do not yet meet a binding requirement and nevertheless, start the module that builds on it.
ORAL EXAMS / COLLOQUIA:
- In what form are oral examinations currently taking place?
In view of the current situation, all oral examinations are being held digitally (video conference) in order to minimise social contacts as much as possible. Please contact your department of studies / dean's office to discuss the details (setting of dates, methods of implementation, etc.).
- Which regulations apply to the implementation of digital oral examinations?
The regulations of §§ 7 and 8 of the General Regulations for Bachelor's and Master's Examination Regulations (composition of examiners, duration of examinations, protocol, etc.) apply accordingly.
- How will I be informed about the result of my examination?
Your department of study will send you the examination protocol via email. Please confirm, via email, that you have read the minutes and submit the original signature as soon as possible.
- What happens if there is a (technical) interruption / malfunction during my digital exam?
Several options are possible, such as starting the exam completely new at a later time or continuing it later with the remaining time. The decision on this is to be made pragmatically by the examination board on a case-by-case basis and should minimise potential disadvantages for students as much as possible.
- Can digital examinations take place at so-called off-peak times?
In view of the current situation, the implementation of digital examinations at off-peak times is more stable and therefore recommended.
- May a final oral exam / colloquium be held in person in exceptional cases?
In exceptional cases* this is possible. By keeping a minimum distance of 2 metres in a sufficiently large room and observing the rules of hygiene, sufficient protection against infection is provided. Prerequisite for participation in a personally conducted examination is to bring along this completed form:
*The exception only applies if the technical requirements for a digital examination are not met. In addition, an exam in person is not possible if external examiners (e.g. from industry) are present.
Examinations / Digital teaching and testing
- Due to technical difficulties, I cannot access or open exam-relevant materials. For example, my Internet connection at home is not stable enough, my laptop is defective or I cannot afford Internet connection. How will the resulting disadvantage be accounted for?
This depends on the type of examination. Please contact the committee chairperson of your examination board to help resolve potential disadvantages. Due to the current situation, solutions will be found for individual cases.
Final papers / term papers:
- In which form do I currently have to hand in my written thesis / term paper?
All submissions of written work are currently digital. A personal submission to the THM is currently not possible due to the minimization of social contacts. In addition, please DO NOT throw your written work into THM internal mailboxes.
- In which format do I have to save my written work?
Usually as a PDF document. Exceptions are to be clarified with your dean´s office.
- To whom do I address this email?
To the responsible examiner. Place the central email address of your dean´s office and the email of the chairperson of the examination board in “CC” (carbon copy).
- Do I have to set up a “read confirmation / acknowledgement of receipt” in my email?
This is recommended.
- What is the date of receipt?
The “date of dispatch” of your email validates the timely submission of your written work. Please do NOT put any written work into THM internal mailboxes. Otherwise, no date of receipt can be determined.
- Do I have to hand in physical copies of my work later?
Later you have to hand in two bounded copies via post. If you are unable to have your work bounded due to shop closures, please send it unbounded.
- I am currently writing my final paper and I still have exams to pass. The deadline for submitting the thesis and the postponed examination week now fall into a similar period. What can I do?
In view of the current situation, you can suspend your thesis. Application for a suspension is to be requested via your advisor or the advising chairperson of the examination board or to the responsible chairperson of the examination board.
- I am currently writing my final thesis and my company wants to reduce working hours or close down temporarily. What should I do?
Due to the current situation, individual solutions will be made to help avoid potential disadvantages. THM's General Regulations stipulate that if there are important reasons, such as reduced-working hours, closure, etc., a thesis can be extended or temporarily suspended. Please submit a corresponding application for this purpose via your supervisor to the responsible chairperson of the examination board. In addition, please always refer to the information provided by your department of studies.
- I am currently writing my final thesis and my company had to file for bankruptcy or has terminated my work. What should I do?
Due to the current situation, individual solutions will be made to help avoid potential disadvantages. First of all, please contact your supervisor and the chairperson of the examination board. Clarify together whether it is possible to complete your work separately from your company. If this is not possible, a solution for your individual case will be found. In this case, a “failed attempt” will not be entered into the online grading system.
- I would like to register my thesis, but I am still missing modules due to the postponed examination week. Can I still start the thesis?
You would like to start with your final thesis but there are still modules missing due to the postponed examination week. These would have been prerequisites for participation in your final thesis. You can start your thesis, but please keep in mind, that you bear the risk if you possibly fail these modules (including the final attempt). Taking this into account, the chairperson of the examination board can approve your registration for the final thesis. Please submit an application for this to your respective examination board.
- Can I postpone my bachelor's thesis, although I would still have to complete my practical phase first; however, this is not possible because my company has terminated my work due to reduced working hours, bankruptcy or other reasons?
In regards to the current situation, the respective examination board will make decisions on a case-by-case basis. They endeavour to keep potential disadvantages for you as low as possible.
- Who do I contact with further questions on this subject?
Please contact your responsible dean's office exclusively with all other case-related questions.
Practical work phase / practical phase:
- I am currently in the practical work phase of my studies, but due to reduced working hours, closure, quarantine, etc. in my supervising company, I cannot complete the full 450 hours before my thesis begins. May I shorten my practical work phase?
No. You must make up for absences. Only absences resulting from reduced weekly working hours do not have to be made up for.
- Due to the postponement of the examination week to June, I cannot start the practical work phase as planned. What should I do?
Please contact the examination board of your degree programme, if…
...due to the postponed examination week, you are not able to take modules, which are prerequisites for the start of your practical work phase / practical phase
...and if therefore, you cannot start your practical work phase / practical phase at the planned time
In individual cases and against the background of the current exceptional situation, the board of examiners can then approve your application for the practical work phase/practical phase. Please note that the missing modules must still be completed. Also, please keep in mind that you bear the risk if you fail these modules (including the final attempt).
- In consultation with my department of studies, my last exam should have taken place by 31 March 2020 at the latest. Is there a hardship case procedure if I or my examiner(s) could not have attended this date due to (suspected) quarantine?
Please first contact your department to see if there is an alternative solution. If this is not possible, the following applies: Anyone who can prove that they have not re-registered for the spring semester because their studies were to be completed by the end of March 2020, but can now not finish their studies due to failed examinations, may as an exception re-register for the spring semester now. Please contact the Registrar's Office for the required re-registration: https://www.thm.de/site/hochschule/zentrale-bereiche/studiensekretariat.html. Whether or not a refund of the semester fee is possible, will be clarified by the administration office upon application (Standort Giessen|Standort Friedberg)
- I am supported by BAföG. Could I suffer disadvantages in terms of funding due to pandemic-related closure times?
BAföG supported students should not suffer any disadvantages in terms of funding due to pandemic-related closing times. For clarification of individual questions, please contact the responsible Office for Education Support at the respective student administration office (studententenwerk).
- Will the BQ-exams take place?
The BQ exams have been cancelled. The candidates have been informed accordingly.
Classes / Seminars / Lectures
- Will courses take place in the spring semester 2020?
Currently, we expect lectures to start on 20 April 2020. We are also examining the possibilities of holding lectures in other formats, e.g. via online meetings or in eLearning scenarios. Please refer to information about your classes through Moodle or directly from the lecturers. We will post current changes on the homepage.
Start of studies
How will the STEP programme start this semester?
Welcome event for the first semester students at Campus Friedberg and Giessen
Unfortunately, the first semester welcome event within the framework of the introductory study programme (STEP) cannot be offered for the coming spring semester 2020. Please visit www.thm.de/willkommen, on a regular basis to find out about the current status of the start of your studies. This applies to the study locations Friedberg and Giessen.
If you have already picked up your student ID at the InfoCenter at the Friedberg or Giessen campus and received an invitation to the freshman welcome, you can dispose of the invitation.
Currently, lectures of the spring semester 2020 are scheduled to begin on 20 April. If any changes are to be made concerning this date, we will inform you on our homepage.
Your student identity card
If you have not yet picked up your student ID in person at the InfoCenter, it will be sent to you by post in the next few days. Your TAN list for the online services will also be sent to you by post in a separate letter.
Tips on how to handle the corona virus
In this context, we would like to point out the current recommendations for protection against infectious diseases such as influenza or against infection with the corona virus. The THM has published hygiene rules for this purpose.
Accessibility of the THM
InfoCenter and Central Student Advisory Service
The open consultation hours of the Central Student Advisory Office are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. via the THM-Livechat (lower right screen margin).
Information for stays abroad and international students
- I am already abroad or will start shortly, where can I find information about it?
Information regarding your stay abroad (if you are already abroad or your stay is imminent) can be found on the homepage in the section International – News.
- I am already at the THM or will start my stay abroad at the THM shortly, where can I find information about it?
Information regarding your current or upcoming stay abroad at the THM can be found on the homepage in the section International – News.
How do I get my new semester ticket for 1 April 2020
Currently, it is not possible to print the semester ticket, as all THM buildings are closed.
Starting from 1 April 2020 you can print out a PDF replacement ticket yourself. The PDF replacement ticket can be downloaded after logging into the "Online Services for Students" via the link in the information text.
The replacement ticket is only valid until 30 April 2020 and only in conjunction with ...
- re-registering* for higher semesters: ...the chip card with the semester ticket imprint from the winter semester 2019/2020 and a current certificate of enrolment for the spring semester 2020 together with an identity card or passport.
- First-year students: ...the current certificate of enrolment for the spring
semester 2020 together with an identity card or passport. You can print out the current certificate of enrolment if you have activated your user account.
Please note: All those who have already received a chip card with the current semester imprint do not need a PDF replacement ticket, but can use the chip card under the usual RMV conditions.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Willems
President of THM