Current information on the effects of the coronavirus on studies

(distance students)

General  Exams  Objection+review  Study-related matters  

These regulations and decisions were made on the basis of the current state of knowledge and knowledge of the applicable political framework.

Please note that these may change daily.


In addition to the communication that has already taken place separately, it was discussed in the crisis team in detail the possible measures that can make the upcoming examinations as safe and pleasant as possible for students and examiners.

According to the current state of knowledge of the infection situation, all rooms that are intended for face-to-face examinations will be checked once again for compliance with the distance and hygiene rules, especially with regard to the new 10 square metre rule per person. It may be necessary to increase the number of examination rooms. This is currently being reviewed by the Department for Examination Affairs or the DISC and the examiners will be informed accordingly.

Since the new regulations have no implications for the design of examinations at universities, it was decided in consultation with the other universities in Rhineland-Palatinate to continue to conduct face-to-face examinations. We generally ask for your understanding that not all exams can be converted into alternative online formats such as take-home or open-book exams.

Should students find themself unable to attend an upcoming exam at short notice, we offer them the option of special withdrawal, due to Corona. This withdrawal must be made via the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs, latest one day before the exam and only applies to on-site examinations, practical laboratory examinations and oral examinations that cannot be offered with online support.

For all on-site examinations, medical masks (surgical masks) must already be worn in the buildings on the way to the examination room, including during the examination. Medical masks can be made available to you in exceptional cases.

Furthermore, we would like to remind you once again, due to current events, that the wearing of mouth/nose coverings is compulsory, even in the open air, when several people are walking at a short distance from each other.  This applies to the common walk to the refectory as well as the personal exchange in a smaller group.

Please help us to reduce the incidence of infection by observing the safety regulations.


Important rules of conduct in general as well as concepts of the TUK about measures before, in and after exams (contact registration, current security concepts and lecture hall plans) can be found at

Detailed information on examination matters can be found (here on this page) in the following stick points.

1. Due to the uncertain and difficult infection situation, we are currently planning to convert the WS 20/21 classroom sessions into an online mode as far as possible. Especially for technical courses of study where on-site presence is indispensable due to laboratory activities etc., it will probably not be possible to change the presence mode.
The programme management at DISC will provide you with information on current developments and the status of planning. The information can be found on the learning platform of your respective course of study.
Important: Registrations for classroom courses are not affected by the current rescheduling. We ask you to register in due time as planned.

2. students who are in a repeat obligation and withdraw from the examination must take the next possible examination date offered after the cancelled examination date.

3. if you have general questions about examinations as a result of the effects on Corona, write to your responsible administrator* in the Department of Distance Student Affairs.

According to the resolution of the TUK of 14.01.2021, the wearing of a medical mask (= surgical mask, a MNB is no longer sufficient!) is mandatory in all written examinations from 01.02.2021, not only on the way to the examination venue, but also during the examination. Exemption from the mask requirement is possible and must be evidenced by a medical certificate. The certificate must at least clearly state the basis on which the medical diagnosis was made and the reasons why wearing a mask would be an unreasonable burden in the specific case. Students who are exempt from the mask requirement must send the relevant certificate to the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs at least in due time before the examination.


The submission of such a certificate (exemption) for examinations up to calendar week 7 should be made immediately.
For examinations from calendar week 7 onwards, the submission should be made up to 2 weeks before the examination.

Information on the timely submission of a doctor's certificate for a withdrawal due to illness can be found below (under "Risk groups, illness and withdrawal for a valid reason").

For the group of students exempted from the mask requirement, the relevant department must provide an alternative examination room.

Should students appear for the examination without a mask (and without a certificate) through fault of their own, participation in the examination is to be prohibited. Note: As a rule, this will result in a fail (5.0).

1. Submission of final papers, term papers: As there may be problems with the printing or binding of final papers, term papers or academic papers, we also allow (according to current status until 31.03.2021) the submission of papers in PDF format by e-mail to the Department of Distance Student Affairs. In this case, the file should be received by e-mail via the RHRK account by 12 noon of the submission date. Department 4.5 will then acknowledge receipt. If no confirmation of receipt has been received by 3 p.m., please contact the department by phone. Students are responsible for submitting their files in time. Submissions can only be made via the RHRK e-mail account; if necessary, a bound edition can be requested subsequently. If the file is large, send it in several files.

2. Due to the Corona Guidelines TUK, entry to the laboratories, especially for the purpose of thesis work, is only permitted in compliance with the safety and hygiene plan and is therefore only possible to a limited extent. If this leads to delays in the completion of the thesis and the general extension for the thesis of 6 weeks is not sufficient, a further extension can be agreed with the supervisor in such cases.

If it is necessary to cross the border into Germany from abroad to take part in an examination, a certificate can be issued for presentation at the border control.

For this purpose, please contact your respective staff member in Division 4.5.

To ensure that you receive the original in good time, your request should be received at least one week before the examination date.

Please also note the regulations of your country and the Federal Police regarding border crossing.

You can apply for a certificate of compulsory attendance at the TUK. This confirms that you, as a student, must be present for study/examination purposes (not tourist purposes). Due to the current pandemic situation, this may be relevant for possible hotel bookings. Please contact the DISC staff.

The performance of internships for study purposes in a designated risk area is prohibited. Students who cannot carry out their internship should contact DISC directly.

The inspection of written exams at the chairs is currently adjourned.

All persons involved are currently working on a concept of organization the individual inspection in order to enable it again as quickly as possible, efficiently and without risk to health.

Since the TUK buildings are still mostly closed and not all rooms of the departments are available for on-site appointments, it is recommended to switch to a digital inspection in consultation with the department.
Students who are clearly between passing/failing or who have not passed the examination should be given preference in this respect.

Since there may unfortunately be delays in the preparation of certificates, we offer to issue provisional certificates and performance summaries, e.g. for application purposes. Please contact the responsible working group by e-mail.

Risk groups, illness and withdrawal for a valid reason

The regulations on the possibilities of a disadvantage compensation application continue to apply, especially for students who belong to a risk group.
A withdrawal from an examination due to illness can also still be submitted.

In addition, the examination regulations regulate withdrawal for a "valid reason" (mostly regulated in § 19). According to this, you can withdraw from an examination for a valid reason. These reasons must be made credible.


Certain types of examinations are exempt from this regulation, for example because protective measures can be adequately taken, this is prescribed by examination law or the examination is conducted completely "online".
Therefore, the special right of withdrawal only applies to face-to-face examinations, practical laboratory examinations and oral examinations that cannot be offered with online support.


Therefore, you can also contact the department 4.5 with such a request on the occasion of the corona situation (currently by e-mail is sufficient) even at short notice (latest one day before the exam) before the above mentioned examinations with the term "special withdrawal corona".

Examples: Risk group (self/family), increasing infection numbers at the place of residence, acute psychological stress related to the pandemic situation.

Irrespective of this, you can regularly deregister from examinations within the respective deadlines (see "Registration and deregistration").

Your department 4.5 will be happy to advise you on your individual options.

Study-related matters

If you wish to exmatriculate, please send the application of de-registration as a PDF via e-mail to fernstudium(at)
We will then inform you about the further procedure.

Objection and review procedure

Objections can be submitted by e-mail in pdf format to meet the deadline. Please make sure that the objections are signed.

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