Information regarding the Coronavirus outbreak

On this site, you find regulations and information from the Department of Computer Science regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. For the general regulation of RWTH, please check the RWTH Website and the RWTH Corona-News Blog.

Exams

All universities in NRW decided that no oral exam should take place before May 5th. Before that date, oral exams can only take place if they are done via a video conferencing system and if no physical contact is guaranteed. In addition, the board of examiners approve the oral exam as a hardship case. Students can apply here for a hardship case. There is no need to apply for a hardship case for the thesis colloquium and the focus colloquium. These examinations can be held by agreement with the examiners, subject to the above-mentioned regulations regarding personal contacts.

Postponed examinations are allocated to the winter semester 2019/20. If you complete your studies within the regular study period, this will be listed on the final documents and you have the option of requesting a grade cancellation. However, the completion date will be the actual date of the last exam.

Start of classes in the summer semester

Due to the Coronavirus, all attendance-based classes and courses will start on May 4, 2020 the earliest. However, several events will already start with online concepts from April 6, 2020. Here you find the list of all computer sciences classes with their starting date and links with further information e.g. on the ode of operation.

The registration for the master’s program is still only possible until April 30, 2020. If, due to the later submission of a thesis, you cannot meet this deadline, there will be more options to use the master preference in these cases.

Theses

In the current situation all processes relating to the administration of theses will be handled electronically. The official letters will be printed and dispatched as soon as the documents have been submitted to the board of examiners (PA Informatik, att. Mrs Rensinghof).

If you have individual questions that cannot be answered by reading the text below carefully, please send an email to rensinghof@informatik.rwth-aachen.de.

Registration of theses

  • You will receive the registration form on request by email from ZPA.
  • Please fill it in completely and forward it to the assessor(s). As soon as it has been signed there, it should be forwarded by you or the relevant secretariat by (internal) mail or email (PA Informatik, att. Mrs. Rensinghof, rensinghof@informatik.rwth-aachen.de). It will be issued in advance by email. You will then receive the official letter of issue by post.

Extension of deadlines

  • Theses whose working period covers a day between March 16 and April 20, 2020 are automatically extended by four weeks. No separate request is required for this extension.
  • Theses submitted by April 30, 2020 may count to the winter semester. Please note that for a submission in April you have to be re-registered for the summer semester.
  • For other extensions, please use the appropriate form that can be found on the website of the Computer Science Examination Board (https://pa.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/list_en/). Please fill it in as far as possible and send it by e-mail to rensinghof@informatik.rwth-aachen.de. If the signature of the assessor/counsellor cannot be obtained, the assessor must at least be in cc of the email or have sent his agreement by email.

Title changes

  • The title awarded with the letter of issue is binding and can only be changed by means of a corresponding application. Final papers received by the ZPA with a different title will be accepted subject to compliance with the deadline. However, the copies will only be forwarded to the examiners after the examination board has officially changed the title.
  • Please use the corresponding form, which can be found on the website of the Computer Science Examination Board (https://pa.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/list_en/). Please fill it in as far as possible and send it by e-mail to rensinghof@informatik.rwth-aachen.de. If the signature of the assessor/counsellor cannot be obtained, the assessor must at least be in cc of the email or have sent his agreement by email.

Submission of theses

  • If final theses have to be submitted while copy shops are still closed and can therefore not be printed, submission can be done in a digital version as a PDF by email to the supervisor and the PA in cc (rensinghof@informatik.rwth-aachen.de). The receipt will be noted and will be reported to the ZPA at a later date.
  • The submission of printed copies still has to follow as soon as possible. In it, you have to confirm in writing that the printed version is identical to the digital one, that has been sent by mail earlier on.
  • This regulation is valid until May 4, 2020. As of May 5 all theses have to be submitted directly to ZPA in a printed version. You can either send them by post or drop them in the deadline mailbox. In the case of postal delivery, the date of receipt at the ZPA for the purpose of meeting the deadline applies; not the date on the postmark.