Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - E-Assessment

Special regulations due to COVID-19


Deviations from the standard period of study due to the COVID 19 pandemic

For persons who are enrolled at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (or other state or state-recognised higher education institutions in Berlin) in the winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 and / or winter semester 2021/22 and who were not granted leave of absence, an individual standard period of study that deviates from the standard period of study is extended by one semester applies. This means that the semester is counted as a subject-related semester, and at the same time the number of semesters of the standard period of study is increased by one semester.

Rules on non-attendance and non-passing under special regulations for COVID-19

As a general rule, withdrawal is possible via AGNES up to one day before the examination date. The withdrawal must be completed by 11.59 p.m. on this day at the latest. After the deadline, withdrawal is only possible according to case 2 (proof of a valid reason).


Case 1: Examination taken but not passed.

Examination under Covid conditions (examinations in the semesters 2020, 2020/21, 2021 and 2021/22):

The examination is deemed not to have been taken (BerlHG § 126b) and does not appear in the examination file. Covid special rule.

-> No failed attempt!


Case 2: Registered for the examination, examination takes place, registered student does not appear AND has a valid reason for withdrawal.

Required: Withdrawal from the examination must be declared in writing immediately (at the latest on the third working day) after the examination date AND the reason for withdrawal must be substantiated (e.g. in the case of illness: submission of a medical certificate).

Examination under Covid conditions: The examination board checks whether the reason for withdrawal is considered a permitted withdrawal and thus registration, admission and examination attempt are deemed not to have taken place (§ 107 Para. 2 Sentence 5 ZSP-HU).

-> If the examination board decides positively, no failed attempt!


Case 3: Registered for the examination, examination takes place, registered student does not appear AND has no valid reason for withdrawal.

Examination under Covid conditions: The student has failed the examination. NO special rule because of COVID-19.

-> Failed (unsuccessful attempt)!

Other aspects of the examination

Attempted cheating

Anyone who cheats or attempts to cheat when taking an examination has failed the examination.

If the cheating only becomes known after the passing of the examination has been confirmed, the confirmation is cancelled and withdrawn, i.e. the examination is assessed as failed (§ 111 ZSP-HU).

Important: Special regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic do not apply, as the attempted cheating is the cause for failing the examination and not the pandemic-related disadvantages in the preparation for the examination.

-> Failed (is counted as a failed attempt)!


Compensation for disadvantages in digital examinations

A disadvantage compensation (NTA) requires an application by the student. In the case of digital examinations ("final module examinations which are carried out exclusively with the use of electronic information and communication technologies"), a disadvantage compensation can be applied for if the student does not meet the technical requirements (see § 107a, Para. 7 ZSP-HU).

The student must credibly demonstrate the existence of the prerequisites. The responsible examination board decides on the type and granting of a disadvantage compensation for examination performances (§ 109 ZSP-HU).

Note: Applications should be submitted with sufficient time in advance, as the NTA procedure and the implementation of the NTA require time.

An NTA can also be granted for other reasons, e.g. to grant longer examination periods. The requirements for this are governed by § 109 ZSP.