Information about the examination period in winter semester 2020/21

On December 31, 2020, an amendment to the Landeshochschulgesetz (State University Law, LHG) came into force that extends the previous Corona-related regulations for the individual standard period of study as well as the extension of deadlines for coursework and examinations for specific study semesters to the winter semester 2020/2021:

Individual standard period of study

For students enrolled in summer semester 2020 and/or in winter semester 2020/2021, an individual standard period of study that deviates from the standard period of study and is extended by one semester for each of these semesters will apply. In concrete terms, this means that students who were enrolled at the university in both the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/2021 will have their standard period of study increased by a total of two semesters.

Exam period

Based on the current Corona Regulation regarding Study Operation of the state of Baden-Württemberg in the version valid since 11.01.2021, examinations in the regular examination period (8 to 26 February, 2021) should take place as planned in person.

Obligation to wear a mask

  • A FFP2 mask (without valve, bearing CE marking) must be worn by examiners, supervisors, and students. A mask must be worn outside and inside the buildings and throughout the examination. This serves both to protect others and for self-protection (FFP2). The supervisory staff receives FFP2 masks from the university. Students bring their own masks. Instead of FFP2 masks, protective masks with a high protective effect such as KN95 or N95 may also be worn. The Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (DGUV, German Social Casualty Insurance) has recently issued a statement on the use of FFP2 masks as protection against COVID infection. It clearly points out that the severity of the physical work (respiratory minute volume) is decisive for the wearing duration: "In the case of light physical work the mask can be worn up to 3 hours." For more information, please see the DGUV press release about the correct use of masks, or the DGUV page Facts about Mouth-Nose Coverings (in German language only).
  • Exam rooms will be aired for 5 minutes every 20 minutes.
  • Should a person test positive for COVID after an exam, contact with other examinees in the same room will be classified as Category 2 by the Karlsruhe health authority, if the hygiene and distance regulations were complied with. A blanket quarantine or self-isolation for the other participants is not applicable in this case.

Regulations for exemption from the mask requirement

  • A person who is exempt from the obligation to wear a mask must submit as proof a medical certificate containing the specialist medical assessment of the clinical picture (diagnosis), the Latin name or the classification of the illness according to ICD 10 and the reason why this results in exemption from the obligation to wear the mask. Affected students must submit a written request for mask exemption by Wednesday, 27.01.2021, to the respective responsible examination board, submitting medical proof.
  • On the day of examination, proof must be submitted to the university that the examinee has been tested and the test was negative. The qualified test - this includes PCR quicktests and antigen tests - must be confirmed by a doctor / dentist or pharmacy and must not be older than 48 hours.
  • Students who are exempt from the wearing a mask will take their exam together in a separate room of the faculty. Professors or staff cannot be compelled to supervise examinations in these rooms. The examination supervision in the separate room will be ensured by video surveillance and / or supervisory staff. Therefore, examinees must agree, in writing, in advance to video surveillance.
  • Participants in those rooms without a mask requirement, should a Corona case be reported subsequently from this group of participants, no longer fall into the contact category 2 of the local health authority and must therefore - unlike participants carrying a mask - be excluded from further examinations in the examination period.

De-registration for an examination

Withdrawal protection has been removed from all exam registrations, so exam de-registration is possible for all students without restriction. Students are requested to take note of the following information:

  • There must be one calendar day between the de-registration and the exam date.
  • Should there be any problems with de-registration, a screenshot should be taken and the respective study program office informed immediately.

Extension of deadlines for coursework and examinations that are mandatory in a specific semester

For students, the deadlines for the completion of coursework and examinations that are mandatory in a specific semester of a degree program are extended by one semester for each semester if they are enrolled in this degree program in the summer semester 2020 and/or in the winter semester 2020/2021. This means that participation in examinations in the upcoming examination period is voluntary. This also applies to upcoming retakes of failed examinations.

LHG regulations regarding examination credits

An amendment to the State Higher Education Act (LHG) came into force on 31.12.2020. It extends the previous Corona-related regulations for the individual standard period of study as well as the extension of deadlines for coursework and examinations for specific study semesters to the winter semester 2020/2021.

Individual standard period of study

For students enrolled in summer semester 2020 and/or in winter semester 2020/2021, an individual standard period of study that deviates from the standard period of study and is extended by one semester for each of these semesters will apply. In concrete terms, this means that students who were enrolled at the university in both the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/2021 will have their standard period of study increased by a total of two semesters.

Extension of deadlines for coursework and examinations that are mandatory in a specific semester

For students, the deadlines for the completion of coursework and examinations that are mandatory in a specific semester of a degree program are extended by one semester for each semester if they are enrolled in this degree program in the summer semester 2020 and/or in the winter semester 2020/2021. This means that participation in examinations in the winter semester 2020/21 s voluntary. This also applies to upcoming retakes of failed examinations.

Regulations concerning examination credits of summer semester 2020

The following amendments to the Act on Higher Education of the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg have been implemented.

Extension of the standard period of studies

For students who were registered in a study program in summer semester 2020 the standard period of studies is extended by one semester under the amendments to the LHG, and for students receiving BAföG funding the funding period is extended correspondingly. In the case of students who are on leave of absence the HsKA Senior Management decides, subject to the reasons for the leave of absence and to the situation at the university, if the extension is granted.

Examination credits at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

At HsKA, numerous decisions impacting on the examination regulations were taken in summer semester to prevent disadvantages for students caused by corona crisis restraints: The requirement that a repeat examination must be sat at the next possible date was suspended for summer semester 2020. Correspondingly, the requirement to realize subject and examination credits scheduled for a specific term under the respective Curriculum and Examination Regulations, is suspended. In general, extensions in summer semester 2020 are administered liberally at HsKA.

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