Information on the coronavirus provided by the MCM
30.03.2020, 6 pm
The MCM aims to provide guidance for you by answering the most important questions that have come up as a result of the Corona virus and its effects on your studies at the MCM.
Please note that, although we do our very best to provide accurate and up-to-date information, only the statements of the following institutions are legally binding and obligatory:
Please also note that the situation is highly dynamic and can change at short notice.
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Dates of seminars, lectures, tutorials offered by the MCM
Where can I find the (updated, if necessary) timings for courses and seminars for the upcoming summer semester?
The first term of the summer semester is now dated April 20, 2020 to May 29, 2020. The second term will take place from June 8, 2020 to July 17, 2020. As of today, the School of Business and Economics will still use the week between the terms (i.e., after Pentecost) as exam period. The exact dates for each course can be found in the course catalogue LSF or on the MCM homepage (https://www.marketingcenter.de/en/study/courses) and are currently being updated. We will publish any updates as soon as possible on our homepage. Nevertheless, we kindly ask you to be patient, as internal decisions, coordination with cooperation partners and especially the overall organization, such as lecture hall bookings, require some time in this unprecedented constellation. Please note that in line instructions by the university’s rectorate, no Bachelor and Master courses will begin before April 20.
What happens if teaching “offline classes” won’t be allowed by April 20th? Is it possible that the start of lectures will be postponed again?
The MCM plans to offer all Bachelor and Master courses with start April 20th. If physical classrooms and lecture halls will still be unavailable by then, we plan to offer our courses through digital means. As of today (March 30), we are confident that we will be able to move all scheduled classed online if necessary.
Please note: Most lectures are planned to be offered in the form of "live webinars", i.e. at the scheduled times. To participate, students will need sufficient Internet bandwidth (the same as for video streaming and Skype video calls) as well as a headset or microphone/camera combination to participate in these online classes.
Currently, we assume that we will mainly use the software ZOOM for our digital teaching at the MCM. If you are interested, you can familiarize yourself with the program via a timely-limited software version available for download at www.zoom.us. Further information on how the software will be used in the MCM lectures and seminars will be shared within the next days.
Pick up of documents (certificates etc.)
I need an important certificate/document. How can I get this?
The MCM building is currently accessible only to university employees (including student assistants); the entrance door is locked (https://www.uni-muenster.de/news/view.php?cmdid=10891). If you have a specific enquiry regarding your studies, please contact the person in charge or the secretary of the respective chair/institute by telephone or e-mail. In several situations, it is now sufficient for students to send required documents electronically only and submit paper versions at a later point. Please check with the Examination office whether this applies to your particular case.
Where can I find the (updated, if necessary) exam dates and registration periods? Will exams take place in the week after Pentecost as planned?
As of today, the School of Business and Economics will still use the week between the first and second terms (i.e., from May 30 and June 7) as exam period. It is planned that makeup exams will take place regularly. Dates will be announced in due course; the Examinatin Office is currently updating the room bookings.
Please check the homepage of the Examination Office regularly - the adjusted dates as well as exam and registration periods for the semester will be published as soon as possible. Please note that the current situation may make (even short-term) changes of dates possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may bring for you!
The scheduled date for my exam inspection is no longer online. Where can I find the new dates?
All inspections planned before April 20, 2020 will be rescheduled according to the order of the Rectorate. Please note that objection deadlines will also be postponed so that this won’t have any negative impact for you. As soon as new dates have been determined, we will publish them on the MCM website immediately. Please see also the page of the Examinatin Office for more information.
I am expected to pick up the topic of my project/ seminar/bachelor or master thesis within the next weeks. What do I have to consider?
In order to minimize direct personal contact in the upcoming weeks, we have implemented the following procedure:
- The registration form (“Leitkarte”) with your topic and the name of your supervisor will be sent to you by the respective chair/institute (secretary's office or supervisor) as a PDF document via e-mail on the day of pick up.
- You must sign the card and return it to the sender within 24 hours via e-mail (please send us a scan or a photo).
- The original registration form has to be submitted once the situation allows this again, i.e. when the MCM building are accessible for students again and copy shops are also open again.
- Important: All pick-ups between 16.03.2020 and 20.04.2020 will be treated as if they are picked up on 20.04.2020 to avoid disadvantages. We will inform all students who are affected shortly via e-mail.
- If you do not want to pick up your topic within the first quarter despite registration, your registration will be automatically postponed to the next quarter (without any need for a separate application)
I am currently writing a project/ seminar/bachelor or master thesis. Is my supervision ensured, and how?
Your supervision is ensured. However, for the next few weeks you will have to communicate with your supervisor by telephone or Skype or e-mail. Please discuss specific appointments with your supervisor via e-mail.
For my thesis I need books from the library, which is now closed. What can I do?
Please contact the ULB directly: https://www.ulb.uni-muenster.de/bibliothek/aktuell/nachrichten/2020-03_corona-faqs.html
Is there a possibility to extend my writing period as a result of the current situation?
The writing period is suspended from March 16, 2020 to until April 19, 2020. This means that the new submission deadline will be postponed by five weeks. The examination office is currently contacting all affected students to announce the respective new submission date. A separate request is not necessary. We will shortly send you an updated registration form via e-mail.
Supervision will be ensured for the next weeks.
I will hand in my project/seminar/bachelor or master thesis before April 20. What do I have to do?
Students are allowed to submit their theses electronically only via e-mail. We will confirm reception within the deadline by e-mail. If you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, please contact your supervisor again.
If attachments cannot be sent by e-mail due to data size, please provide a link to a cloud (e.g., Sciebo or WeTransfer).
Written copies must be submitted once the overall situation allows it, i.e. as soon as the buildings are accessible to students again and the shops (e.g. copy shops) are open again.
You can also send your thesis via mail. Stamps can be purchased online, so there is no need to physically enter a post office. However, the date of the postmark will be taken as the date of receipt, not the purchase date of the stamp. If you send the work via postal mail, there may be delays. As soon as the work is received, we will confirm this by e-mail. Please understand that there may also be delays due to the current situation.
Do I have to cancel my planned internship because the lecture period is postponed?
As for today, we assume that the lectures of the summer semester will end on July 17, 2020, as originally schedule. However, this decision lies within the responsibility of the university’s Rectorate, which will inform you (and us) in case of any further changes.
It might be a good idea to consult with the company whether your internship is still scheduled. Please understand that companies also may not be able to make any statements at this point in time.
What happens to my course planning if events are rescheduled and I cannot attend them?
The entire university is working to create as few postponements and cancellations as possible. In case that there would be changes which affect your ability to attend a course, the contact person for the Master's coordination, Ms. Janina Wiebringhaus, will help you with further planning.
When will I get all the information I need to plan the upcoming semester?
Please understand that we cannot make any definitive guerantees in the current dynamic and exceptional situation. Be assured that we at the MCM work hard to ensure clarity for us and our students as quickly as possible.
Please be so kind to avoid asking questions about the winter semester 2020/21 right now. At this point, we assume that everything will start as currently planned.
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
If you have any questions regarding the course and event planning of the MCM, please contact the contact person of the Master Coordination, Ms. Janina Wiebringhaus.