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FAQ (last update: 3 August 2020)

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How is in-class teaching going to be handled in the current summer semester?

In-class teaching will be the absolute exception. The Rector’s Office is working closely with the faculties to decide which classes will take place in the classroom. The hygiene guidelines adopted by the Rector’s Office will apply to these classes and can be accessed via the following link: Important documents. There you will also find the self-disclosure form you will need to participate.

I have been invited to a video conference in Stud.IP. How do I participate and what do I need to bear in mind?

Our instructors are using various video conferencing systems that all work in a similar fashion. Here is a quick guide to the technical requirements and how to conduct yourself in a large video conference or webinar.

I have not yet signed up for my summer semester 2020 modules on the Löwenportal. When do I have to do this by?

Normally, you have until two weeks after the start of lectures to sign up for modules. This deadline has been extended to 31 August 2020. You can sign up for and take the summer semester module even if compulsory participation requirements have not yet been met (e.g. if exams from the previous winter semester module are still outstanding). Nevertheless, please sign up for the module as early as possible. This is very important for organisational reasons.

When are lectures set to begin in the winter semester?

The lecture period has been postponed for all students, including first-year students. It will begin on Monday, 2 November 2020 and end on Saturday, 20 February 2021. Christmas break will be from Monday, 21 December 2020, to Sunday, 3 January 2021.

The only exception will be for higher-semester students already enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine. For these students, lectures will begin as originally planned on Monday, 12 October 2020, and end on Saturday, 6 February 2021.

Exams

What will apply to classroom exams during summer semester?

Exams that take place on site at the university will continue to be the exception. The Rector’s Office emphasised this once again in the resolution it passed on 20 May. Furthermore, these exams may only be carried out under strict hygienic conditions. Exam dates will be organised by the faculties. For more information, please refer to the Löwenportal, your faculty’s website, or your exam office. We kindly ask for your understanding that exams can only be organised on a gradual basis.

Is it possible to take exams in a different way?

Yes, it is possible, for example, to do a term paper instead of an exam, as this does not require your physical presence at the university. On April 30th, the senate passed a statute containing special regulations.

During this online semester, lecturers can also specify other exam formats. In addition to a term paper or project work, there will be oral exams via video link and online exams. The LLZ has compiled an overview.

For the “open online exam” format there is a freely accessible sample test with many different types of questions to try out.

What if I don’t pass my module exam in the summer semester?

On 10 June, at the request of the student representatives, the University Senate decided to abolish the maximum number of module exam (Bachelor/Master) attempts that can be taken for all of summer semester 2020. Any failed module exams are therefore considered not taken. This also applies to module exams from winter semester 2019/2020 that have yet to be taken, and to summer semester exams, which may not be offered until winter semester 2020/2021. On 8 July, the Senate once again concretised its decision and decided that module examinations and final theses that had not been passed due to an attempt at deception were excluded from this.

This is handled differently for state examination courses: For all teacher training courses, the decision also applies in principle (further information here), as well as for the study courses medicine, dentistry and pharmacy but not for law. For other courses of study the respective regulation is not yet known.

Do I have to re-register and pay semester fees if my studies are delayed due to pending examinations?

Yes.  While an exception was made for the summer semester, and examinations could be  taken even without having “student status”, all students must now re-register  for the winter semester if they still have exams to take after 30 September 2020  - regardless of whether or not they are make-up exams. For re-registration after the deadline (31 July), the rules for "late re-registration" apply.

Students  can apply to wave additional fees for second degrees (“undue hardship”) if they  can prove that they were not responsible for the delay in graduating.

Everyday student life

Currently, there are severe restrictions to everyday life. How are student life and the services offered by the Studentenwerk affected?

The current regulations also affect the services provided by the Studentenwerk. A special page on the Studentenwerk website    explains what applies to their cafeterias and café bars, whether facilities are open or closed (day care centres, counselling centres), and what you need to know about BAföG.

Due to the current situation, I have fallen into financial hardship. What can I do?

The German government has launched non-repayable financial assistance for students   , which has been available since 16 June. Studentenwerk Halle is responsible for processing applications and payment. You can find information on how to apply her   e.

Studentenwerk is also happy to provide advice on other financing issues and has set up a special Corona webpage   .

Due to the Corona pandemic, my parents are unable to assist me financially as they previously had done. What can I do?

You can apply for BAföG assistance. The local Studentenwerk can advise you and help  with the application. Its special Corona webpage covers this issue in great detail.    If you are already receiving BAföG, you can request  to update the details of your parents’ income to reflect a lower level of  income. You may receive a higher BAfög rate in the current year if you  qualify.

Organizational details

Will office hours be held?

There are no office hours at the Exam Offices, as well as in the Department of Studies and Teaching (Student Service Centre with the Admissions Office and Department 1.3 - Tuition Fees). Wherever possible you can and should deal with your concerns by telephone, e-mail or post.

In the General Student Counselling, on-site consultations are again possible - but only by appointment. The BAföG  Office will only hold office hours for urgent matters as of now. For more information, please go to the Studentenwerk Website   .

Can I still validate my student ID card?

The Löwengebäude on University Square is currently open weekdays from around 6:30 am to 6 pm, so that you can still use the validation stations there. Other accessible locations are the Weinbergmensa, the Francke Foundations and the library at Steintor Campus.

If you are unable to come to these locations, please have your non-validated student ID card, the proof of enrolment for summer semester 2020 downloaded from the Löwenportal (printout or as pdf on the mobile phone), and an official photo ID on hand as proof of your entitlement to travel. This show of goodwill by MDV will apply until further notice.

The state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt decided in its session on 7 May 2020 to abolish long-term tuition fees. Do long-term tuition fees have to be paid in summer semester 2020?

Starting in winter semester 2020/2021, long-term tuition fees will no longer be charged. This has no effect on the payment of the long-term tuition fees for the summer semester 2020.

What applies if I have taken up a Master's programme at WS 2019/20 or SoSe 2020 but cannot yet present my Bachelor's degree? Until when do I have time for this?

Due to the current situation, the deadline for submitting bachelor's certificates has been extended to 30 September 2020.

There is also an extension period for students who are currently in transition from Bachelor's to Master's studies: Students who begin their Master's studies in the winter semester 2020/2021 must present the qualifying degree by 31 March 2021 (instead of 31 January 31).

Where can I find current information about the ULB and its branches?

The University and State Library (ULB) provides information about the current situation on its website and in FAQs.

My question isn’t included here – what should I do?

Please write to – we would be happy to answer your individual questions. These FAQs will be expanded if necessary. We will also promptly publish the latest developments here.

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