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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - School of Business and Economics

Information of the Dean’s Office and the administration of the School of Business and Economics on the immediate measures taken at HU to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

The Dean's Office and the administration of the School of Business and Economics work closely together and deal intensively with solutions to current questions concerning research, teaching and examination. Information on the regulations and decisions of the university and the School of Business and Economics are compiled here structured according to areas, and systematically updated on an ongoing basis.

General information on measures and regulations at Humboldt-Universität can be found on the central information website of the university and the website of the Berliner Senat.


Access to the university buildings
All buildings on all properties of the university are still closed to the general public. Employees of HU can access their offices in compliance with the applicable hygiene rules. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean' Office (dekanat.wiwi@hu-berlin.de).
 

Libraries and central (computer) workspaces
From June 4th, 2021, (computer) workspaces will be available to HU members in the University Library. The central PC pools will also be opened. Further information can be found on the websites of the University Library and the Computer- und Medienservice.

The study rooms and PC pools at SPA 1 will remain closed.

Duty to wear masks/ mouth-nose cover
- Wearing a mouth-nose cover is compulsory in courses and exams, for the entire duration of the event.
- Wearing a mouth-nose cover is also obligatory in libraries.
- The obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover on all traffic routes and common are-as of the HU continues to apply.

The following applies to offices:
- At your own workplace, you may continue to work without a mask.
- The obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover applies in all rooms of the university if more than one person is present.
- For offices with multiple occupancy, open-plan offices, laboratories and the like, which are secured by appropriate measures in accordance with the SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety standards, there is no obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover. Wearing a mouth-nose cover is strongly recommended.
 
Information on administrative processes

The HU has been in limited operation since June 8, 2020. For this reason, some services can only be offered to a limited extent.

Please note that the personal consultation/ opening hours of the administration are cancelled until further notice. Please contact the administration by phone or e-mail (HU members: please use your HU account). The contact details of the administration can be found on the website of the administration.

Please send all other applications/ requests concerning personnel matters and procurements as a pdf file (with digital signature - if necessary) by mail or in original to the administration (haushalt.wiwi@hu-berlin.de).

Information on budgetary matters and official trips can be found on the central HU website “Update Corona”.

Teaching and Studies

Examination office

Requests, submission of certificates by e-mail to pruefungsbuero-wiwi(at)hu-berlin.de:

  • Please use your HU-Account and
  • Please enter your matriculation number
Examinations

Current information on examinations:
https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/en/study/pa/standardpage?set_language=en
https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/en/study/pa/exam?set_language=en

Bachelor's and Master's theses
Current information on registration and submission:
https://www.wiwi.hu-berlin.de/en/study/pa/standardpage?set_language=en


Incoming/ outgoing students
The HU International Division provides comprehensive information on current developments. For detailed information, please refer to the website of the International Division.
Change of dates and deadlines for the academic year 2020/2021
The new dates and deadlines can be found on the website of the Academic Affairs Division.
Contact hours faculty
The personal consulation hours of the academic staff as well as the opening hours of the secretariats are cancelled until further notice. Please contact the employees only by e-mail/ phone. Contact details can be found on the websites of the departments.
Further documents/ inquiries
Sickness notifications, "Anerkennungsnachweise" and all other applications should be send as pdf file by e-mail to: pruefungsbuero-wiwi@hu-berlin.de

Please always quote your matriculation number in all inquiries you send to examination office.

Further information and FAQ for students can be found on the central HU website "Update Corona".
 
Doctoral studies

On December 16, 2020, the Doctoral Degree Board has decided on the following adjustments to the doctoral procedure according to the Doctoral Degree Regulations of 21.05.2010 for the digital processing of individual procedural steps during Humboldt-Universität's emergency attendance mode and during its limited operation mode:


Admission to doctoral studies

All required documents (with signature) must be submitted digitally to the Graduate Office in advance. The original applications/documents are to be sent by post.

The decision on the admission to doctoral studies is made according to the regulations of the doctoral degree regulations (§§ 5-8) and the valid decisions of the Doctoral Degree Board. Admission to doctoral studies is provisionally issued for one year based on the documents submitted digitally. As soon as all required original documents have been submitted to the Graduate Office, the final admission will be issued.


Admission to doctoral examination and assessment

All documents required for admission to the doctoral examination must be submitted digitally in advance. The original applications/documents are to be sent by post. The dissertation must be submitted digitally and by post.

The notice of admission to the doctoral examination is sent digitally and, as soon as all original applications/documents have been submitted, by post by the Graduate Office.

The Graduate Office sends the dissertation digitally and by post to the reviewers. The reviews (with signature) are sent digitally and by post to the Graduate Office.


Display of the dissertation and the reviewers‘ reports

The dissertation as well as the reviewers‘ reports are displayed digitally (in the HU Box). The deadlines specified in the doctoral degree regulations apply. Inspection is possible upon request to the Graduate Office.


Doctoral colloquium

In order to ensure the immediacy of the examination situation and thus minimise the risk of legal contestability, doctoral colloquia should, as far as possible, take place in presence. All individuals attending a doctoral colloquium in presence must provide negative Corona test evidence that is not older than 24 hours. For this purpose the official test centers in Berlin are to be used (https://www.berlin.de/corona/en/testing-facilities/ or additionally https://test-to-go.berlin/?lang=en). There is no on-site testing prior to the doctoral colloquium.

If, due to the current infection situation, the participation of individual participants in a doctoral colloquium is only possible via video conferencing technology, or if a whole doctoral colloquium is only possible via video conferencing technology, this requires a careful and documented consideration of the requirements of health protection and the direct perception of the examination situation. A postponement of the colloquium in accordance with § 16 Para. 3 of the doctoral regulations must also be considered. Doctoral colloquia as telephone conferences are not permitted under any circumstances.

The following requirements apply to the partial or complete realisation of the doctoral colloquium via video conferencing technology:

  • The doctoral candidate must apply to the Graduate Office for the partial or complete realisation of the doctoral colloquium via video conferencing. All members of the Doctoral Degree Committee must agree in writing to the partial or complete realisation via video conferencing. The declarations of consent are to be documented. The Graduate Office must be informed about the availability of all declarations of consent in good time.
  • The chairperson of the Doctoral Degree Committee is responsible for organising the video conference in compliance with the recommendations of the CMS of Humboldt-Universität on video conferences. The chairperson of the Doctoral Degree Committee must guarantee and record the undisturbed video transmission during the colloquium. A record must be kept of who is connected and how; any technical faults must also be documented. If the chairperson cannot guarantee an unobstructed process, the colloquium should not be held.
  • If an unobstructed process cannot be guaranteed constituting a bad examination situation for the doctoral candidate, the doctoral candidate may postpone the doctoral colloquium in accordance with § 16 Para. 3 of the doctoral degree regulations in this exceptional case without this postponement having a detrimental effect. The postponement must be communicated to the chairperson of the Doctoral Degree Committee and the Graduate Office in good time before the doctoral colloquium.
  • The participation of the university public in the colloquium is to be ensured via video conferencing technology. The Graduate Office announces the doctoral colloquium on its website and collects the registrations for participation from members of Humboldt-Universität (the registration must be made by email from an HU email address). The registrations are forwarded 24 hours before the doctoral colloquium to the chairperson of the Doctoral Degree Committee, who sends the access data for the video conference to the registered persons. Suitable measures (e.g. separate video conference) must be taken to ensure that only authorised persons can participate in the non-public part of the meeting of the Doctoral Degree Committee.

The following additional requirement applies to the partial realisation of a doctoral colloquium via video conferencing technology:

  • The doctoral candidate as well as the chairperson of the Doctoral Degree Committee and the person taking the minutes must attend the doctoral colloquium in person.

If a doctoral colloquium is held exclusively in presence, the participation of the university public in the colloquium is only possible via video conferencing technology in order to protect health. If this is not technically feasible, the university public may be excluded in individual cases by application of the doctoral candidate in accordance with § 17 Para. 3.

After the successful completion of the doctoral colloquium, the chairperson of the Doctoral Degree Committee provides all necessary documents in digital form and by post to the Graduate Office. The Graduate Office issues an interim certificate on this basis.


Publication of the dissertation and issue of the doctoral certificate

The digital submission and publication of the dissertation is carried out according to the currently valid regulations of the university library. Proof of the consent of the members of the Doctoral Degree Committee to the fulfilment of any requirements imposed for publication can be submitted digitally (with signatures).

The doctoral certificate will only be issued once all necessary documents relating to the doctoral procedure have been submitted to the Graduate Office in the orginal form. Issuing of a digital doctoral certificate is not possible.