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Lecture period in the summer semester 2020
The lecture period will start on April 20, 2020. The end of the lecture period has been postponed by two weeks to August 7, 2020, in order to be able to hold courses up to this date if required. How to proceed here in the individual courses of study at LMU is currently being considered in the faculties. You will receive further information in good time from your contact persons in your respective faculty.

Lectures

In accordance with §18 of the Third Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance of May 5, 2020,in-person instruction cannot take place at all Bavarian universities for the time being. Therefore, until further notice, courses at LMU will only be offered online. The faculties and subjects are supported in order to provide you with the best possible range of courses online. Exceptions to this rule are practical courses that require special laboratory or work rooms at the universities whereby the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Bavarian Infection Control Measures Ordinance at Bavarian Universities (in German) in conjunction with the Supplementary Regulations of LMU (in German) must be observed. The responsible head of the faculty (dean) or central scientific or non-scientific institution must give written approval for the implementation of such practical courses for every individual case. A strict standard is to be applied in the approval process. Each measure must be reported to the University Executive Board at least five working days before implementation via the e-mail address gesundheit@lmu.de. Compliance with the infection prevention regulations must be documented. The University Executive Board may prohibit planned measures in individual cases. If and when such courses are offered at LMU, you can find out from your contact persons in the subjects and faculties. Should it be possible to resume general in-person teaching entirely or in part over the course of the semester, you can also find out about this from your contact persons in the subjects and faculties, to whom you can also turn for specific questions about individual courses.

For our teaching staff, LMU provides cumulated information on the broad range of technical possibilities for online teaching at www.lmu.de/digitale-lehre. This offer of help and support services takes up as well as complements already existing offers in the faculties. Please note that the site can only be accessed with a corresponding LMU user ID.

Upcoming Exams

In accordance with §15 of the Third Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance of May 5, 2020, in-person university examinations are permitted in exceptional circumstances whereby the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Bavarian Infection Control Measures Ordinance at Bavarian Universities (in German) in conjunction with the Supplementary Regulations of LMU (in German) must be observed. The responsible head of the faculty (dean) or central scientific or non-scientific institution must give written approval for the implementation of such examinations in every individual case. A strict standard is to be applied in the approval process. Each measure must be reported to the University Executive Board at least five working days before implementation via the e-mail address gesundheit@lmu.de. Compliance with the infection prevention regulations must be documented. The University Executive Board may prohibit planned measures in individual cases. Your contact persons in the departments, faculties and examination offices will inform you whether, when, and under which conditions such examinations take place at LMU.

Furthermore, it is to be assumed that examinations in the summer semester will also take place in an alternative form and/or - if not already the case - after the lecture period. In general, examinations taken in the summer semester do count, and all students are strongly advised to take the examinations which are offered in order to avoid any delay in the progress of their studies. We are currently investigating alternative forms of examinations and the conditions under which they can be held.

You will receive all relevant information on the examinations in good time from your contact persons in the subjects and faculties. The Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences and the Arts has announced that it intends to introduce a regulation according to which the regular dates and periods of study tied to the number of („Regelstudienzeit“, „Fachsemesterzahl“) are automatically postponed or extended.

The organisation of state examinations (“Staatsexamen”) is not the responsibility of LMU, but of the respective state ministries. Therefore, please refer to the websites of the responsible ministry or the examination office they have appointed, for example:

    • „Landesjustizprüfungamt“ for the „Juristischen Staatsprüfungen“: here.
    • „Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Unterricht und Kultus“ for the „Staatsprüfungen für ein Lehramt an öffentlichen Schulen“: here
    • „Regierung von Oberbayern“ via the Examination Office for Medicine of LMU for the state examinations in medicine: here.

Availability of central services (libraries, International Office, Student Office, etc.)

With the exception of lending operations for members of LMU, all LMU libraries are currently closed to the public. This applies accordingly to the LMU University Archive. There will be no general opening of the University Libraries and especially the reading rooms until further notice. (cf. Guidelines for the implementation of the Second Bavarian Infection Prevention Measures Ordinance at Bavarian Universities (in German) in conjunction with the Supplementary Regulations of LMU (in German)). Next to lending operations, all users will of course continue to have access to digital services. In addition, scanning services have been expanded. Please understand that literature in electronic (also scanned) form for courses can only be provided via the lecturers of the individual courses and cannot be offered to every student individually. Therefore, please inform yourself about your contact persons in the faculties and subjects as well as on the website of the University Library.

Likewise, all other central services (Student Office, International Office) are closed to the public until further notice. You can find further information and contact information on the Student Office website. For all questions concerning studies, you can contact the central student counselling (“Zentrale Studienberatung”). You can find further information for Erasmus-students and the admission of international students on the website of the International Office. You can find information on using public transportation with a non-validated LMU card on the website of the MVV.

BAföG
In general, the Federal Ministry of Education is responsible for BAföG regulations. You can find more information here.

In a letter from the Bavarian State Ministry for Sciences and the Arts from April 2, 2020, it is stated that, according to the current legal situation concerning BAföG and when teaching is conducted via online offers to the same extent as the usual teaching, students who receive BAföG benefits are obliged to make use of these offers according to their possibilities and in this way actually continue their education. Nevertheless, the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (KMK) has agreed that students who, due to the crisis, are unable to make any or not complete progress as a result of the Corona Pandemic and the resulting limited range of courses should not, in principle, suffer any disadvantages with regard to regulations (e.g. standard periods of study, “Regelstudienzeit”). In this respect, the Länder will work together with the Federal Government to ensure that flexible regulations are found for BAföG, child benefit, health insurance, etc. that take into account the realities of student life in the current situation.

Events and meetings at LMU
All events (e.g. meetings, conferences, symposia, etc.) which require the personal presence of participants will be prohibited until further notice, regardless of the number of participants, and must therefore be cancelled immediately by the organising LMU institutions. The only exceptions to this rule are those events the realization of which is indispensable and cannot be postponed according to strict criteria, e.g. for legal reasons. For such events the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Second Bavarian Infection Control Measures Ordinance at Bavarian Universities (in German) in conjunction with the Supplementary Regulations of LMU (in German) apply analogously. The responsible head of the faculty (dean) or central scientific or non-scientific institution must give written approval for the implementation of such events in every individual case. A strict standard is to be applied in the approval process. Each measure must be reported to the University Executive Board at least five working days before implementation via the e-mail address gesundheit@lmu.de, including a list of participants.

Sick persons, especially those with symptoms of respiratory disease or with unspecific general symptoms, are not allowed to participate in events. The same applies to persons who have been in contact with persons with COVID-19 within the last 14 days (contact persons of cat. I and II). In addition, all risk exclusion measures must be documented.

Furthermore, all members of LMU are strongly recommended to make prudent and restrained decisions regarding participation in events outside of LMU.

Press release of the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts

Please also see the press release (in German) of the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts from April 19, 2020 regarding the start of the teaching period.

Psychological and pastoral counseling

For psychological and/or pastoral counseling, you may contact the following institutions:

Further Questions
If you have any further questions, please consult the websites of the individual institutions first and get in touch directly with the respective contact persons:

  • If you have any questions regarding the administration of your studies (enrolment, re-registration, etc.), please contact the Student Office.
  • If you have any questions concerning libraries, please contact the respective subject library, the University Library or the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
  • If you have questions regarding upcoming exams, final papers, homework, etc., please contact the respective lecturer and the responsible examination office.
  • If you have any questions regarding the performance of work or continued payment of wages, please contact your direct superior or your immediate supervisor, your faculty or department or the person responsible for you in the LMU Human Resources Department.

If you have any additional questions, please contact: gesundheit@lmu.de


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