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Questions and Answers concerning Covid-19 for Exchange students (School of Business & Economics)


The Examination Office

The examination office currently does not offer face-to-face consultations.

We can of course still be reached by phone and email from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Please understand that in exceptional cases the answer may take a little longer.
We try to respond to everything as quickly as possible.


When and how do I register in Campus Management

The registration period for the winter semester 2020/2021 starts on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at 00:00. The registration period ends on Friday, November 20th, 2020 at midnight. During the entire registration period, it is possible to register and de-register for modules and courses without restriction of the number of places. October 30th ends the period to give preferences for courses with limited places.

For courses with limited places (these are those in which a maximum number of participants is specified), regardless of whether they are held in person or online:
There is a deadline of 10/30/2020 12:00 (preference period) for specifying course preferences. The preferences given up to then will be taken into account in the automatic allocation of places.

Places in courses with limited places are initially not registered directly in the preference period, but only on the day of allocation (October 30, 2020 after 12:00).
Participants in courses with limited places only appear on the lecturer's list of participants or on the blackboard after they have been assigned.
The chances of getting a place in a course with limited places do not depend on the time of your registration!

IMPORTANT: Your chances increase with the number of preferences given in the case of multi-course courses.
You can only submit one preference for each specific course (course number).
The allocation of places in courses with limited places will take place on Friday, October 30th, 2020 from 12:00 p.m.
Further registrations / de-registrations in the remaining registration period after the allocation (until November 20, 2020 24:00):

Further modules can still be registered or deregistered.
A direct registration for any remaining places in courses with limited places is possible.
The places booked through the allocation in courses with limited places can be canceled or rebooked (provided that the capacity allows).
This also applies to courses without space restrictions. Registrations and cancellations are possible directly and until the end of the registration period.
Please also check the status of your registrations in the web registration or in your Campus Management account regularly. 

Code of Conduct: Rules for digital coursework at Freie Universität Berlin

Exams 

  • Registration for courses in campus management  entitles you to take the exam.

  • In each course, the dates and forms of examination will be presented.

    Forms of examinations will be: online examination with e-examinations@home, corona housework (processing time 4 hours), short housework (processing time 24 hours), oral examination. The corresponding form of examination is determined by the examiner who informs the relevant students about the examination form.

  • Withdrawal due to illness from the regular exams:
    If you cannot take an exam due to illness, you must send the form "Cancellation due to illness" provided to the examination office:
    - by email (pbwiwiss@fu-berlin.de) with a scanned PDF file attached
    - by post (examination office, Garystr. 21, 14195 Berlin)

    The form must be completed in full, signed and stamped by your doctor, and signed by yourself. The document must be sent within three working days from the day of the examination (the date of the postmark or email time stamp counts).

    We ask for your understanding that due to the number of submitted forms, no confirmation of receipt can be given.
    However, you can see the processing status in Campus Management yourself:

    If you have fully registered for the module in the current semester, the date of the examination will be displayed when you open the registered module.
    If you have submitted the form to withdraw for reasons of illness, you will be deregistered from the exam and automatically create a repeat attempt. This means that the current exam date will be deleted and will no longer be displayed in the registered module.

  • In the event of non-participation, the usual rules apply: Since there are no binding examination dates (or tbd), non-participation has no negative consequences (no "failed", no test count). As before, participation in the repeat exam is only possible if the exam is failed or if you withdraw with a certificate (before the exam begins). New: The reason for resignation also includes proven risk previous illnesses (also of household members).

  • ages is checked individually and granted if necessary. Direct extensions of the writing time are not possible.

  • The hygiene and safety rules must be observed.

  • Application for the "cross out" exam 
    In our School, students can take repeat exams if they
    • were unable to take part in the regular exam through no fault of their own (especially for reasons of illness with a certificate) or
    • failed the regular exam (exception: attempts to cheat).

    Therefore, students can also take part in repeat exams if they deliberately fail the regular examination (“cross out” exam = hand in empty exam). Failure to pass the exam usually counts as a failed attempt. However, the number of failed attempts is currently suspended by the "protective screen" for students. Therefore, students can cancel the regular exam without any individual disadvantages and thus take part in the repeat exam. However, with regard to the corona pandemic, it is not desirable for students at the FU Berlin to attend classroom exams just to cancel them. For this reason, the examination board has approved an application option for failing (deleting) for all face-to-face exams in the degree programs of the School for the duration of the protective shield for students.

    Requirements:
    • The application must be received by the examination office no later than the day before the exam (midnight). A late registration or a later correction is excluded.
    • The application must be present on the form provided (this form) and signed by hand (handwritten or digitally, also on the smartphone screen). It can be sent to the examination office by email (pbwiwiss@fu-berlin.de) or by post.

    • The application must include: each module whose regular examination is to be canceled and the examination date.

    Legal consequences:
    • The regular module examination counts as "failed".
    • This "unsuccessful attempt" is not entered in Campus Management and accordingly does not appear on the Transcript of Records and does not count towards the failed attempt count.
    • The only legal consequence of the "failed attempt" is that participation in the repeat exam is possible (but not mandatory).

    For the sake of good order, we point out that we cannot currently guarantee that the regular exams will be held in person. If the attendance exam is canceled, it counts not even the application.

    Currently we cannot guarantee that the repeat exams will be held.

    Link to the Application form (in German)

    You will receive a confirmation of receipt of your email as proof. You will not receive any further confirmation, but after a few weeks (as with the processing of medical certificates) you can see in Campus Management that you are entitled to take the repeat exam.

e-examinations @ home: How does this form of examination work?

The Examination Board has approved exams in the format e-examinations @ home as a substitute for presence exams.
Please note the following points during these tests:
• You take the exam on your own computer at home in the "Safe Exam Browser". The Safe Exam Browser must be installed beforehand. You will receive the link for the installation from the examiner. The Safe Exam Browser requires Windows or macOS. Android or IOS are not supported. A browser configuration must also be installed for each test.
• Depending on the examiner's decision, the exam can be open book or closed book.
• Identity checks can be carried out before the exam. For this you need Webex access with a camera (e.g. your laptop, cell phone).
• You must ensure that you have taken the exam yourself. If other people write the exam for you or support you, it is a serious offense that has serious ramifications for everyone involved.
• The exam can be submitted by clicking on the corresponding button. Alternatively, it is automatically submitted after the individual processing time has expired.
• In the event of technical interruptions, please inform the E-Examination Center by telephone. A registered technical termination counts as a resignation due to illness. (Note: So far, only a few technical crashes have occurred.)
• If you want your exam to be scored despite a technical interruption, a written application to the examiner is required. The application cannot be revoked and must be sent no later than the working day after the exam (postmark). An application by email is ineffective. 
• We recommend that you connect the computer to the Internet via LAN (not WLAN) to make the connection more stable.

Questions?
• Since the examiners design the exams in e-examinations @ home individually, they are also the first point of contact for questions about the individual exams (e.g. when will the link with the browser configuration be sent? Is there a meeting beforehand in Webex? Is the exam "open book"?).
• Please address general questions (e.g. about sick leave during the e-examination @ home examination) to the examination office. E-Examination Support (e-examinations@fu-berlin.de) will answer technical questions about installing the "Safe Exam Browser" etc. 


How can I participate in an online-course? How to participate in a course via Webex?

You will receive an invitation from your lecturer for courses held via Webex. You do not need to take any further action yourself to get access to courses. Students without an FU account can also take part in a course via Webex.

You can use Webex both with the browser and with the desktop app. We recommend installing the Meetings desktop app on the device you will be using to participate in a Webex course. Students without an FU account should install the app without signing in to Webex - it is not to necessary to attend the courses. You will find the instruction how to install the app for various end-devices here:

Participation in a course via Webex takes place via a link or via entering an access code and a password. You will receive this information from your lecturer. All you need to do to join the Webex course is to enter your name and your email address. 
Signing in to Webex Meetings desktop app or under https://fu-berlin.webex.com is not required to participate in a Webex course

How to use Webex rooms as a Host?

With their Webex access all students at Freie Universität have the option to use Webex in the host role. They can set up their own rooms in Webex, schedule meetings, and invite fellow students, e.g. to work collaboratively on a document or presentation, to practice a lecture, to exchange lecture notes or to provide feedback to each other.

Various Webex products are available to students for these purposes:

  • Webex Meetings for meetings and group collaboration
  • Webex Training for meetings and collaboration in a group and in subgroups
  • Webex Teams for spontaneous exchange (also exchange of files) without extensive preparation.

You will find a detailed explanation on how to use these products in this step-by-step-instruction.

Following requirements should be fulfilled to act as a Host in Webex:

  • Web browser or installed desktop app (recommended)
  • Microphone (integrated or external,  e.g. via a headset)
  • Webcam (recommended).

We recommend using a desktop or laptop (Windows 10, macOS, Linux). It is generally possible to schedule and moderate your own Webex rooms using a mobile device (iOS / iPadOS, Android), however; you may experience restrictions in handling.

Detailed instructions on how to schedule and run meetings in Webex can be found in the Webex Wik:

Webex Meeting

Webex Training

Webex Teams


Withdrawal from exams due to illness

If you cannot take an exam due to illness, you must send the form provided to the examination office.

You currently have the following options for this:
- by email (pbwiwiss@fu-berlin.de) with a scanned PDF file attached
- by post (examination office, Garystr. 21, 14195 Berlin)

The form must be completed in full, signed and stamped by your doctor, and you must also sign it. The document must be sent within three working days from the day of the examination (the date of the postmark or email time stamp counts).

It is currently not possible to hand them in personally or to throw them in the door mailboxes of the examination office.
We ask for your understanding that due to the number of submitted forms, no confirmation of receipt can be given.

However, you can see the processing status yourself in Campus Management:
If you have fully registered for the module in the current semester, the date of the examination will be displayed when you open the registered module. Example: Module "Investment and Financing", registered in SoSe 2020, examination date: 08/24/2020. If you have now submitted the form to withdraw for reasons of illness, we will de-register you from the exam and automatically create a repeat attempt. This means that the current exam date will be deleted and will no longer be displayed in the registered module.

Can I cancel an exam by email?

In our School of Business & Economics, students can take repeat exams if they are unable to take part in the regular exam
• through no fault of their own (especially for reasons of illness with a certificate) or
•  failed the regular exam (exception: attempts to cheat).

Therefore, students can also take part in repeat exams if they deliberately fail the regular examination (“cross out” exam = hand in empty exam). Failure to pass the exam usually counts as a failed attempt. However, the number of failed attempts is currently suspended by the protective screen for students. Therefore, students can cancel the regular exam without any individual disadvantages and thus take part in the repeat exam. However, with regard to the corona pandemic, it is not desirable for students at the FU Berlin to take classroom exams just to cancel them.

For this reason, the examination board has approved an application option for failing (deleting) for all face-to-face exams in the degree programs of the department for the duration of the protective screen for students.
Further details and requirements can be found on the application form:
Application for assessment of the module examination with "not passed"