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Announcement for students about 2019/2020 summer semester

21.04.2020Comments are closed.

Dear students,

The first month of online study is now behind us. We believe that, after the initial challenges and novelties, we have already adjusted to the new way of working that unfortunately deprives us of chances to meet and spend time with each other on the SEB LU campus. Still, as several students stated in various surveys sent to you in the last weeks, there are also some advantages. You are happy not having to travel to Ljubljana, letting you spend the time saved on other activities. You can follow the lectures and practical sessions from your couch, while eating breakfast and wearing your (all-day) pyjamas.

In line with the latest information and the decision of the Rector of the University of Ljubljana, online study is set to continue until the summer semester of the 2019/2020 academic year has been completed.

We are faced with completely new challenges regarding the online assessment of knowledge. The SEB LU is actively exploring different options for assessing knowledge and looking for high-quality solutions in the global marketplace. All of these new methods are being coordinated by the University of Ljubljana and thereby also by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia.

Our hope remains that the spring examinations can be held in the lecture rooms of the SEB LU. This possibility is particularly useful for strongly attended courses as it is nearly impossible to carry out exams online (while ensuring high-quality implementation and equal conditions for all students).

The published exam dates for the 2019/2020 academic year continue to be the same in terms of form and procedure. The spring exam period is scheduled for 8 June 2020 to 7 July 2020. Should the circumstances make it necessary to postpone the spring examination period to August or September, amendments will be made by the SEB LU Senate and students will be informed in due time on our website.

On the websites of individual courses you will be advised about the postponement of individual exam dates for courses where it is currently still unfeasible to assess knowledge. If you register for an exam and its date is later postponed, your registration will automatically be transferred to the first next exam date. We once again ask you to respect the exam registration deadlines (at least 5 days prior to the set exam date); however, all registrations made currently will be considered equal to those for later dates (it is clear for some subjects the deadlines will surely be postponed).

All information on exams and exam dates is published exclusively on the course website of the respective course. Courses vary, meaning the adjustments made to the curricula in view of the current situation differ, with those responsible for this being the course leaders and providers.

In some courses, especially those with fewer students, the assessment of knowledge continues without interruption, just the assessment method has changed – it is performed online in writing as online oral exams instead of written exams, open-book exams etc.

We have been asked about exams for foreign students who have left Slovenia and are meeting their obligations from their home located abroad, some also in a different time zone. The SEB LU’s stance is that, unfortunately, we are unable to adjust the scheduled exam times to time zone differences, so all exams will be held at the local time in Slovenia (CEST).

We again wish to invite all SEB LU students currently in the exchange programme and who do not have an opportunity to take exams at any of our partner institutions to follow the SEB LU’s online lectures for study courses and thereby fulfil all your study obligations so that progressing to the next year is not at risk. If you are in the exchange programme in the summer semester and must take exams that the SEB LU already implemented in the winter semester, your case will be resolved on a case-by-case basis.

For foreign students enrolled in the SEB LU’s courses as part of the exchange programme (regardless of whether you are still in Slovenia or have already travelled home), the teaching process is being conducted uninterruptedly. If the exams for these courses are to be implemented in physical form, on the SEB LU’s campus, we will enable all of you who have already left Slovenia to take your exams online.

We recommend that all students follow the lectures and practical sessions as well as promptly fulfil their obligations despite these extraordinary circumstances so as to ensure they progress to the next year.

The SEB LU staff are making great efforts and believe the study process of the 2019/2020 summer semester will be completed successfully and at a high level of quality, including the assessment of knowledge. We will do our best to ensure all students can effectively and timely meet all of their obligations and are able to fulfil the criteria for progressing to the next year or to complete their study.

If you are unable to fulfil your obligations for justified reasons, we inform you that Article 49 of the Act Determining the Intervention Measures to Contain the COVID-19 Epidemic and Mitigate its Consequences for Citizens and the Economy stipulates that student status for the 2020/21 academic year may also be extended for those students who, due to the current extraordinary circumstances that directly affect implementation of the study activity in the 2019/20 academic year, will be unable to complete their study obligations within time.

The intervention measure to extend student status for enrolling in the 2020/21 academic year introduces the option of an additional year, irrespective of whether a student has already repeated a year and/or has already relied on the option of extended student status for justified reasons under the third paragraph of Article 70 of the Higher Education Act.

The procedure for granting this right is the same in higher education institutions as in the cases provided for in the third paragraph of Article 70 of the Higher Education Act, which stipulates that student status may be extended for justified reasons, namely upon submission of an application with appropriate material in support.

Should you have any questions, dilemmas or challenges, please feel free to contact any member of the SEB LU staff or representatives of the SEB LU Student Council by e-mail.

We wish you a period of successful studying, and stay healthy!

The SEB LU management and staff

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