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Examination rules Com: sessions, format, misconduct, time limits

Information on a number of essential regulatory aspects applying to exams in the Faculty of Communication Sciences is set out below. The statements should be regarded as for information only. In the event of discrepancies and for all legal purposes, the Study Regulations shall apply.

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  • Sessions


    There are two examination sessions:

    • an ordinary session;
    • a supplementary session.

    An ordinary session is held at the end of each semester (summer session and winter session). Before the start of the autumn semester, there is a supplementary session (autumn session).

    The ordinary session comprises all the examinations on the courses in the semester that precedes the session. The supplementary session comprises those examinations for which there are candidates registered.


    Mid-term sessions

    In the Master’s programmes, in addition to the winter and summer examination sessions, there are normally two mid-term examination sessions, after the seventh week of the semester concerned.

    The decision on whether to hold a mid-term session is taken from one semester to another and is communicated to students by e-mail with the dates and time limits. The session is also listed in the examination schedule.

    If an examination is scheduled for the mid-term session, it will not be held again in the ordinary session following the semester, but only during the autumn resit session.



    The dates of the sessions are shown in the Faculty examinations schedule.

  • Format and language

    The possible formats and language of the examinations are set out in the Study Regulations.

  • Conditions for obtaining a pass

    Terms and conditions apply for passing individual examinations, satisfactorily completing individual years of the course and completing the full programme of study to obtain the diploma – in particular, a limit on the number of attempts and time limits.

    The terms, time limits and consequences of failing to comply with them are set out in the Study Regulations. Please refer to them.

  • Cheating acts during exams

    If, during a written exam, evidence emerges that a candidate may be cheating, the invigilators must present a written report to the Study Delegate. The Study Delegate will check the validity of the evidence with the relative professor. If the evidence is found to be valid, the candidate is failed in that exam. The Faculty also reserves the right to take further disciplinary measures .

    In particular, in the exam room no material related to the exam may be used (texts, dictionaries, notes, photocopies, etc.) unless there is explicit written authorization from the person responsible for the exam or his/her delegate (supervisor). If it is allowed to use personal dictionaries, these should always be placed on the main desk and will not stand for any reason next to each student.

    During the exams electronic agendas, translators, etc. are not allowed.

    During the exams is not allowed to leave the room. We suggest you to use the bathroom before the beginning of the exams, so you will not disturb.

    The assistant is responsible for organizing and keeping order for the duration of the exam, if order cannot be restored during the exam, despite measures such as warning or moving the candidate, the assistant may tell the candidate to leave. In this case the candidate’s exam is considered finished, and must be handed in.

    In the case of flagrant or suspected use of illicit means, the assistants must:

    • confiscate the extra or illicit material immediately;
    • allow the student to continue/finish the exam;

    In all cases of flagrant or suspected use of illicit means and in the case of disturbance of the exam, the assistant must write a report and send it to the Study Delegate or the Dean. In this case, the assistant must immediately inform the candidate verbally of the fact that a report will be made.

    The following penalties in the case of proven illicit acts or behaviour during a written exam are explained in the Study Regulations.

  • Means of complaint

    A student may appeal against any decision that affects his / her rights and expectations, including examination results, within the time limits and according to the methods set out in the Study Regulations.

  • Access to exam papers

    The University grants students access to their exam papers for a period of 30 days after the grades are disclosed - see Guidelines on viewing and archiving exam and matriculation documents 





Updated on: 02 March 2020