FAQ for students
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How the Winter term will look like?
- Here you can find the Academic Calendar
- Last October we experienced how quickly the virus is present again. We are cautiously optimistic about the fall.
- We are currently assuming that teaching will (be able to) be also done in presence. You should assume a need for presence on-campus. International students from abroad will be informed by the study programme managements.
- The course content will be also made available online. However, this does not mean you can find a recording or streaming. So you cannot expect face-to-face events to be recorded or streamed.
- The Berlin Senate has lifted the distance requirement at universities.
- Face masks are mandatory on campus.
- 3G regulation and its implementation
- There is an obligation to prove a current negative COVID test - not older than 48 hours. Those who are vaccinated or recovered are exempt from the testing requirement.
- Service points will be set up on each campus WH & TA. Vaccinated and recovered students will get a proof. Tested students get a proof valid for 48h. Tests and vaccination appointments are offered at the service points too.
- COVID tests are free of charge for now.
- The following vaccines are authorized by EMA: BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen Pharmaceutica NV. Students with other types of vaccinationes need to provide a negative test result. The university will make help with tests free of charge.
- Since some courses can be partially streamed, you should have your laptop with you on campus.
- For courses with compulsory attendance (e.g. laboratory exercises etc.), online alternatives are not offered.
- You have questions? Please contact your study programme management!
Do I have to take a module again if I did not take the exam in the first and/or second exam period?
In general you do not have to take a module again. You only need to take the exam and then register for it again accordingly. It is important that you comply with the examination regulations of your degree program that apply to you. For some modules there are exceptions regarding the retaking of modules. In case of doubt, please ask.
VERY IMPORTANT: In many modules you have to take examinations during the ongoing semester. If you do not register (again) for a module, you will not be informed about these achievements automatically. Please ask the lecturer immediately after the start of the course about the examinations and register in the Moodle course.
Examination rules and notes on plagiarism and cheating issues
Exams will take place during the regular exam period of 9/27 - 10/9/21. Summer semester exams will mainly take place as as online exams.
Exams in laboratories or studios may be scheduled beyond the regular exam periods from 9/20 - 9/24/21.
Remarks regarding plagiarism and cheating issues
We would like to draw your attention in particular to the rules for examinations written online and open book (distance e-examinations):
- Your exam must be a self-contained exam paper.
- For electronic examinations in distance, certain aids are permitted. These can be e.g.: own notes, printed works (e.g. textbooks, lecture notes), internet sources.
- Your lecturer will inform you which documents/materials are permitted. Please pay attention to these specifications – in case of doubt, please do not hesitate to ask.
- The requirement of good scientific work also applies in an exam. If texts or essential ideas are taken from documents accompanying the exam, they must be clearly marked as a quotation in order not to be considered plagiarism. Please point this out to the students.
- Any communication with others (with the exception of the supervising person) as well as the verbatim transfer of text passages (including from other or jointly pre-written texts) without the use of quotation marks and indication of the source (so-called copy/paste) are inadmissible. Please keep in mind that the requirement of good scientific work also applies in an exam. If you take over texts or essential ideas from documents accompanying the exam, they must be clearly marked as a quotation; the unmarked takeover is considered plagiarism.
- If violations are considered as an attempt at deception, the work will be graded as "insufficient" (5.0). The examination attempt is then considered to have been made! See also examination regulations.
- In particularly serious cases of attempted cheating (e.g. repeated attempted cheating, full plagiarism, organized collaboration of several persons), this may result in your de-registration.
What can I do in case of problems with grades or exams?
Generally, teachers are free in their performance of teaching and examinations. However, there is of course a framework determined by law in which they act. If you have the impression that decisions are not correct or that rules are not applied correctly, we recommend you to contact the teacher first and describe your point of view in a reasoned, factual and formally correct manner.
If the discrepancy cannot be resolved this way, please contact the offices of your study program. In case of an examination matter, contact the examination board. In case of organizational issues, contact the study program office or the program spokesperson.
If you have not been able to solve the problem, proceed as follows: For organizational/content challenges, please contact the Dean's Office of the department. Only if your appeal is rejected/decided by the examination board, contact the examination office. A frank word: It does not make sense to skip any of these steps. HTW Berlin strives to make quick, correct and appropriate as well as fair decisions. To this end, the respective responsible offices must also be involved. If you act differently, the process will unfortunately take longer, but will not lead to a different decision.
Legal regulations on failed examinations
Exams taken and failed in the summer semester 2021 will be considered as not taken. Same rule applied for summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/2021 exams.
These changes have the following effects:
- Examinations that were not passed (5.0) are not counted towards the failed attempts according to Section 15 (3) Sentence 1 RStPO and may be rewritten. There is no retake option for passed exams.
- According to the confirmation of the Berlin Senate, this change does not apply to exams that are graded as failed due to attempted cheating.
- This also does not apply in the case of unexcused tardiness of a set examination date. This is especially the case if you do not submit your Bachelor's/Master's thesis by the deadline or do not appear for the final colloquium. Quote from the Berlin Senate: "The assessment as "failed" is based on the unexcused absence and cannot be attributed to pandemic-related restrictions in the course of studies."
How is the camera used for distance exams?
E-exams written at home are generally defined as open book exams; the use of additional materials is therefore permitted. Lecturers may ask you to turn on your camera for authentication.
To authenticate, you will be asked to show your student ID to the camera. Prior to this, you should submit the signed Consent to use cameras as part of digital exams at HTW Berlin [PDF].
Also during the exam it should be ensured that help of third parties (personally or e.g. by using cell phones, ...) is not used. Lecturers are in principle entitled to ask you to use the camera during the exam.
The following applies to electronic examinations written at home:
- In order to prevent cheating during an digital examination, students may be required to activate the camera and microphone (video supervision).
- Video supervision shall be set up in such a way that the protection of privacy are not restricted more than necessary for the justified purposes of control.
- Video supervision shall be carried out by supervisory personnel of the university.
- Automated analysis of image or sound data from video supervision is not permitted.
We point out that the use of the camera takes place in a private environment objects, etc., that should not come to the attention of external parties are not within the "hearing or viewing range" of the camera it is to be excluded as far as possible that third parties do not enter the room during the examination.
What about the three-semester rule?
The three-semester rule is referred to below as the "repeatability period."
In order to enable you to deal adequately with the requirements of your studies and to take your exams even in times of pandemic, the Academic Senate of the University has decided:
The repeatability period will not be applied for the summer semester 2020, winter semester 20/21 and summer semester 2021. The repeatability period will start from the winter semester 2021/22.
This resets the repeatability period. The counting of semesters therefore starts again with 1 for all modules from the winter semester 2021/22 onwards. Accordingly, the repeatability period can expire again for the first time for all students in the winter semester 2022/23 at the earliest.
Financial support for students in emergency situations and technology needs
The state of Berlin has approved funds to support students in Berlin. The studierendenWERK BERLIN has been commissioned to allocate these funds.
Fund for "Participation in the online campus" (technology fund).
This fund supports students and lecturers to participate in the digital semester by funding the purchase of hardware, software and workstation equipment. Applicants have the option of receiving 200, 400 or 500 euros, depending on their needs. Applications can only be submitted online. Details can be found here.
Fund "Grant to start or complete studies".
This fund supports students in the particularly sensitive phase of starting or completing their studies. Applicants have the opportunity to receive a lump sum grant of 1,000 euros. Applications can only be submitted online.
Details can be found here here.
I don't have a proper laptop / I lack technology. What can I do?
You can also apply for financial support at StudierendenWerk Berlin. See fund "Participation in the Online Campus".
If you need additional help, please contact your study program or the Dean's Office. If necessary, you can get access to selected PC pools.
What do I need to keep in mind for my thesis?
- The submission deadlines for thesis' that have been admitted for the summer semester 2021 will be extended ex officio by 8 weeks, taking into account the suspension of the deadline according to § 23 paragraph 4 sentence 5 RStPO.
- If you are affected by restrictions that make it difficult for you to write your thesis, please contact the examination board of your degree program. An extension of another 4 weeks is possible.
- You will be informed by the university automatically and do not have to contact the university. Only these details are binding.
- Requests for writing extensions according to § 23 para. 3 RStPO will only be considered if the reason for the extension exceeds the period of 8 weeks.
- This means that the extension of the submission deadline cannot exceed 8 weeks usually. The de facto extension that already took place during the first phase of the pandemic (at that time inhibition until 31.10.20) will be counted in the calculation of the 8 weeks.
- Writing extensions already granted that result in a later submission date than would result according to the Academic Senate resolution remain unchanged and are not revoked
- Maternity leave is not compensated but is added as it is granted ex officio rather than upon request
Is there a certificate of subject semester count/extension of study period?
By decision of the Berlin Senate, the HTW Berlin provides a certificate for the "extension of the standard period of study". You can present this certificate, for example, when applying for BAföG, etc.
The certificate "Extension of the standard period of study due to Corona restrictions" is available in the LSF.
What about the semester fees?
We take the financial burden of students very seriously.
If you are having difficulty paying your semester fees on time, please contact Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A breakdown of the fees can be found here. The semester ticket fee is charged based on a contract between the student representatives and the BVG.
Students who study specific paid programmes contact the study programme offices please.
What options do I have to do my internship?
For students whose internship is affected by the current situation, there may be an option to bring forward the Bachelor thesis.
In winter semester 20/21, summer semester 2021 and winter semester 21/22 , students may also be admitted to the Bachelor's thesis if, apart from the specialized internship, no more than 16 open credit points are missing. However, no credit points of the first three semesters according to the curriculum of the respective study and examination regulations may be open. Please contact the chairperson of the examination board and the internship representative if you would like to consider bringing forward the Bachelor thesis. Your request will then be examined on a case-by-case basis.
Please note that open modules must then be completed within one year after submission of the Bachelor thesis. If the colloquium cannot take place within one year, the Bachelor thesis is failed, see § 25 para. 2 RStPO.
If you have to discontinue the internship, please have the previous duration of the internship certified. For the missing time, please contact the internship officer of your study program to find a solution together.
Since further restrictions are to be expected in many sectors, an internship that would have to be completed by March 2022 can be completed through (1) subject-relevant(!) voluntary activities or through (2) real start-up activities or their preparation or through (3) internships in HTW research projects or HTW administration.
Where can I find information about BAfÖG, jobs and financing my studies?
The most important questions about BAföG, jobs and student financing are answered by the studierendenWERK Berlin in its FAQ.
The BMBF provides bridging aid for students in pandemic emergencies. This includes two elements: the KfW student loan and grants distributed through the student unions.
According to the BMBF, BAföG funding will continue to be paid to the same extent as before. Students will continue to receive BAföG even if universities close or if they are barred from entering other countries. Even first-year students whose semester start is delayed due to the pandemic will receive their BAföG as if the face-to-face lectures had started at the originally scheduled time. As soon as online courses are available at HTW Berlin in order to maintain teaching, participation in these online courses is obligatory in terms of the eligibility requirements.