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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. All important information, 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).
 
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.

Contact hours
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.

Information on personnel matters
Due to the limited operation some services can only be offered by the Personnel Division to a limited extent.

The ongoing payment/remuneration is guaranteed.

Priority is given to the processing of applications for continued employment in order to prevent social hardship as far as possible. Please submit the necessary documents as a pdf file (with digital signature) to the administration (haushalt.wiwi@hu-berlin.de).

Recruitments can unfortunately only be implemented in the current situation on the next possible date. A binding statement as to when this date will be cannot be made at present.

 

It is possible to conduct job interviews digitally (telephone or video conference - currently only via DFNconf) or, in compliance with the applicable hygiene rules, in presence, if all parties involved agree (applicants, members of the selection committee, staff council, women's representative and, if applicable, the representative for severely disabled persons). Please obtain the necessary approvals before the interviews and document them for the subsequent application for employment.

For applications for job advertisement, planned recruitments (not yet submitted/ applied for), requests for changes in financing of staff, please submit the relevant documents as a pdf file (with digital signature) by mail to the administration (haushalt.wiwi@hu-berlin.de).

Please send all other applications/ requests concerning personnel matters such as dissolution contracts, sick leaves 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
Due to the limited operation some services can only be offered to a limited extent by the Finance Division, the Research Service Centre as well as the Technical Division.

The processing of invoices from Haushalts-, Berufungs- und Programmpauschalmitteln is possible. Invoices can be send as a pdf file by e-mail or in original to the administration (haushalt.wiwi@hu-berlin.de). When send electronically, please indicate in your e-mail from which account (Haushalt, Berufungsmittel, Programmpauschale) the invoice should be paid. Please confirm in your e-mail that a) you have received the goods/ service, b) the invoice amount correspondents to the order and value of the goods/ service and c) that the invoice can be paid.

The processing of invoices from third party funds (Drittmittel) is possible. Invoices can be sent together with the form “Auszahlungsanordnung” as a pdf file by e-mail to the responsible administrator (Sachbearbeiter*in) in the Research Service Centre. Please confirm in your e-mail that a) you have received the goods/ service, b) the invoice amount corresponds to the order and value of the goods/ service and c) that the invoice can be paid. The Research Service Centre will then carry out both signatures as well as the forwarding to the Finance Division. It is not necessary to print out the original documents or send them subsequently; the original documents remain with the project leader.
Information on procurements
Procurements up to a value of EUR 1,000 can be carried out directly, provided that economic efficiency and thrift are maintained. The Beschaffungsstelle carries out procurements over EUR 1,000. Please note that procurements are prioritized by the Beschaffungsstelle according to importance.
Information on official trips
Official/ business trips should be limited to a minimum; mandatory business trips may be carried out. Business trips to risk areas are prohibited and will not be approved. The travel recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the German Federal Foreign Office apply.

The applicant must explain in the application why the business trip is mandatory. All permits are subject to the occurrence of infection. If the RKI changes the classification of the travel destination to a risk area, business trips may not be undertaken after approval.

For further information (including information on reimbursement) can be found on the central HU website “Update Corona”.
 
Teaching and Studies

Lecture period winter semester 2020/2021
The lecture period begins on November 2, 2020 and ends on February 27, 2021. The courses/lectures will be offered again in an online format. AGNES provides information about the times/ formats of your courses.
Examinations winter semester 2020/2021

The examinations of the winter semester 2020/2021 (both examination periods) will not take place as attendance examinations. The type and the dates of the examinations will be published on the website of the Examination Office by mid-December 2020 at the latest.


Registration of BA and MA theses

To register for BA and MA thesis, please send an e-mail to the examination office: pruefungsbuero-wiwi(at)hu-berlin.de -  the registration form will then be sent to you by e-mail, provided that the admission requirements according to your current examination regulations are met.

After the examiner/ lecturer has assigned the topic for the BA or MA thesis, you or the examiner/ lecturer will send the completed form as a pdf file to: pruefungsbuero-wiwi(at)hu-berlin.de

After receipt of the form, you will receive a confirmation from the examination office, including the submission deadline.

Submission of BA and MA theses
Please send the electronic version of your BA or MA thesis, no later than the submission deadline, as a pdf document by e-mail (from your HU student account) to Andrea Kath: kath@wiwi.hu-berlin.de

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Please send - in addition to the electronic version - two bound copies of your BA or MA thesis (including a USB stick or CD with the electronic version and the signed declaration of authorship) by mail (postmark counts), no later than the submission deadline, to: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Prüfungsbüro, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin.

After receipt of the documents, you will receive a confirmation from the examination office.

For information on the suspension of submission deadlines for final theses/ papers, please refer to the website of the Examination Office.


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. 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.