14 Jan Statement of the AStA on the Corona Epidemic University Regulation-CEHVO
The AStA of the UDE welcomes the Corona Epidemic University Regulation passed on 13.05.2020, especially the issues that had already been discussed in the “Task Force for Studies and Teaching”:
- a nationwide “Freiversuchsregelung” (if students take an exam and fail, it will not result in a “Fehlversuch”/failed attempt)
- The increase of the individual standard period of study (Regelstudienzeit) by one semester
These measures enable self-determined, flexible studies in these uncertain times. We recognize that the Rectorate of the University of Duisburg-Essen is aware of the challenges that students are facing and is working to improve the situation through continuous communication. A discussion with political representatives, especially in order to facilitate an uncomplicated extension of BAföG, is just as essential.
We would like to address a few points here which, in our view, are not sufficiently considered in the regulation.
The regulation is valid until 01.04.2021. Nevertheless, all regulations refer exclusively to the summer semester 2020, the winter semester is not included. We recommend re-evaluating the regulations for their applicability during the winter in order to ensure reliable long-term planning for the students.
The university’s requirements for re-registration for the summer semester go beyond the requirements of the state law. § 7, Par. 3 of the state regulations stipulates that students who successfully complete their studies after taking the examinations do not have to re-enroll. This passage should also be included in the UDE regulation. In addition, the reference to the reimbursement possibilities of the Semesterticket is misleading because it seems as if the mobility contribution is paid by the student body. However, such reimbursement requires a sudden, unforeseeable and involuntary financial emergency.
§ 9 (2)
Setting the deadline for the announcement of the examination dates to two weeks is an additional burden for students. It must also be noted that examination dates should -if possible- be free of overlaps with other examinations, lectures and seminars as well as term papers.
Students must still deregister from exams one week before the examination date in order to avoid any consequences. This regulation does not do justice to the current circumstances. Weekly changing circumstances require more flexibility for students and examiners. We require a de-registration without consequences until three days before the examination date. Especially since the examination mode can be changed up to two weeks before the examination date and this entails consequences for the students.
The Nachteilsregelung (“disadvantage regulation”) does not go far enough. The focus here is particularly on the care of one’s own children, but ignores new challenges such as caring for parents or other people in need of care, voluntary and solidarity work due to Corona, or the fact that students themselves may be part of the risk group.
Here, the far-reaching consequences of the pandemic must be considered. In addition, the deadlines for applying for compensation must be extended.
In particular, we would like to point out the partially open wording of the regulation. Instead of protecting students from possible abuse and securing their rights through clear wording in the regulation, responsibility is shifted to the professors at the institutes.
We would like to call upon all lecturers to interpret it in the sense of self-determined and self-responsible students and to act accordingly. This applies in particular to the compulsory attendance and the nationwide enabling of digital post-exam reviews.