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Examinations: Disability compensation

Legal basis:

The legal basis for disability compensation is embedded in the general examination regulations for Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs as a solidification of the general principle of equal treatment according to Article 3, paragraph 3 of the Basic Law.

An excerpt of the general examination regulation Bachelor of Science § 14a disability compensation:

(1) If a student has non-temporary or chronic health impairments that are not dependent on the examination which make it more difficult for him or her to complete examinations, the departmental Board of Examiners may take appropriate measures to compensate for the impairment upon written request; in this case, the student must still provide evidence of possessing the abilities the examination is designed to test in full scope. In the case of written examinations, possible compensational measures may include lengthening the time allowed to complete the examination by a reasonable amount, allowing the student to take breaks that are not counted toward the time allowed to complete the examination, or allowing the student to use personal or material aids.

(2) Before making a decision under Paragraph 1 in contentious cases, the departmental Board of Examiners should consult the representative for disabled persons or another expert at the consent of the student.

(3) Applications for disadvantage compensation should be submitted upon registration for a module examination or, at the latest, on the Monday before the module examination in question. The student must explain the impairment and present a doctor’s certificate containing the necessary medical evidence for the decision.

(4) If a student has non-temporary or chronic health impairments that make it more difficult for him or her to complete course work, the regulations described under Paragraphs 1 to 3 apply mutatis mutandis.


What should you take into consideration?

Not every psychological or physical impairment justifies disability compensation. Relying on equal opportunity for all students, we will not offer disability compensation if the performance deficit relates to the skills that are being tested in the examinations.

In order to grant disability compensation, there must be an impairment that does not affect the student's performance but only makes it difficult for the student to present his solution. 


What types of disability compensations are there?

The type of compensation granted is at the respective Board of Examiners’ discretion.


How can I apply for disability compensation?

You have to apply for disability compensation through the respective Board of Examiners. We have no existing form, but rather the impairment must be proven by respective medical reviews. The applicant must verify to the Board of Examiners that his or her performance is impaired during certain examinations.

Please submit your application with the respective documents of proof to the examination office at the Faculty of Engineering.