What has been decided for internships, especially those involving large groups, which cannot take place? Is it possible to deviate from the examination regulations?
In principle, internships that were started and had to be discontinued due to the coronavirus crisis (force majeure) will be considered completed and recognised in full.
In the case of internships that were scheduled to begin by the start of May 2020 and for which no digital version is (yet) available (e.g. virtual laboratory exercises), alternative dates and formats are being planned and offered.
Whether these alternative internships can be carried out will depend on the applicable infectious disease regulations in conjunction with Leipzig University’s own requirements. At present, all face-to-face teaching must be approved by the Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs. However, if the internship has to be changed to a substitute format due to the current circumstances, then the examination format can or may even have to be adapted. Any such amendment will be authorised by the examination board responsible for the relevant degree programme, in which it decides on whether and how to recognise the examination or work.
Where this concerns internships from the State Examination degree programmes, this must be coordinated with the responsible State Examination Office.
The relevant faculty or, in the field of teacher training, the Centre for Teacher Training and School Research (ZLS) can provide information on internships.
Can examination formats that deviate from the examination regulations be conducted in the summer semester 2020? Will such a change be subject to the usual formal approval process?
With the exception of study programmes leading to a State Examination, the examination formats may be changed, provided that the competent examination board confirms that they are eligible for recognition (see the announcement from the Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs from 14 May 2020). In the case of State Examination courses, the State Examination Office must be consulted.
Under what conditions can face-to-face examinations, including resits from the winter semester 2019/20, take place?
Whether face-to-face examinations (including resits from the winter semester 2019/2020) can be carried out will depend on the applicable infectious disease regulations in conjunction with Leipzig University’s own requirements. The Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs must be notified of any plans to hold face-to-face examinations. If faculties are planning examinations for which they lack the necessary space under current hygiene rules (especially with large groups of candidates), they may book larger rooms (via the Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs / Department 4). In accordance with Section 4(4) of the examination regulations (PO), new examination dates (including resits) will usually be announced four weeks before the respective examination date.
If it is currently not possible to conduct these face-to-face examinations even under these conditions, then the date can be postponed once more during the semester or the competent examination board can decide on the recognition of an alternative achievement instead of the original examination.
Where this concerns State Examination degree programmes, this must be coordinated with the responsible State Examination Office.
Can written face-to-face examinations be replaced by online examinations, where students receive the assignment digitally and have an extended period in which to complete and return the examination?
In principal, written examinations must be invigilated. With online examinations, it could be difficult to ensure that candidates actually take the exam on their own without being helped by others. This can only be remedied by allowing all aids during the examination. Requiring students to prove their identity and submit a declaration of independence can only alleviate such concerns to a limited extent. Electronic examinations should only be conducted if all organisational possibilities have been exhausted and no suitable substitute is available. This applies in particular if students are in a country or region affected by the travel ban or if requiring them to travel to the examination venue would be unreasonable.
For reasons of fairness, an examination already taken cannot be used again for examination purposes.
An amendment must be decided by the examination board, unless the examination regulations already provide for the possibility of electronic examinations for the modules concerned.