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Exams in times of CoViD-19

Oral Examinations 

Oral examinations and Disputations can be held online. However, for the final oral examination the Molekulare Biotechnologie program, both the examiner and the student have to be in the same room. 

Written Examinations

Written examinations are allowed only if there is enough room to place students at least 1,5 meters apart from each other, if there is adequate ventilation and if other hygiene rules are taken into account. 

Written examinations can also be changed in oral examinations. 

Bachelor and Master theses

Ongoing research projects and bachelor and master thesis projects are currently on hold. Registration of new theses is currently not possible. Exceptions are possible only for those topics, which can be done online and at home (eg Bioinformatics). It could be that the research institutes will open relative soon, however how and when students will be allowed to go back into the labs is still unclear. For the bachelor programs it is allowed to write a pure theoretical thesis. 


Update 22.4

Bachelor/Master theses
Bioscience/Mol Bioscience theses which have been interrupted due to COVID 19 can be continued if measures preventing virus infection can be ensured by the course organizers. This mainly means that a distance of 1.5 - 2 m between course attendees has to be kept and face masks have to be worn . In general, density of lab workers should be considered but it's the PI's responsibility to prioritize access to research facilities.

Rotation students and new lab-based theses should, as before, not be accepted for now. Deadlines are extended by the time the interruption took and can be further extended by a period of six weeks, if required.