Cancelled exams scheduled for Saturday 4 January

Following a minor fire on Thursday at Fuglesangs Allé, 849 students on the BSc in Economics and Business Administration - General now get the opportunity to complete their written exams on 4 January.

2020.01.03 | Susie Munk Jensen

Due to a minor fire on Thursday 2 January, 849 first-year students on the BSc in Economics and Business Administration had their exams cancelled when fire broke out in a transformer at Fuglesangs Allé where students from Aarhus BSS were doing their written exams. The fire also meant that hundreds of law students saw their exams being interrupted only to be resumed later on with a delay.

The fire started in a transformer located in a service and waste disposal room in a separate building. The fire brigade were quick to put out the fire, which caused a power cut in the building.

To ensure the least possible inconvenience for the many students, it was decided to try to carry out the exams that had already begun - in Family Law and the Law of Succession and in the elective courses on the Law of Obligations - with a delay. This meant that some students were able to hand in their exam papers digitally while others handed in theirs on a USB stick and a few via email.

At the same time, efforts have been made to establish a stable power supply and to call in exam supervisors so that the cancelled exam in Eksternt Årsregnskab on the BSc in Economics and Business Administration may take place on 4 January 2020 from 15:00. Students who must take this exam have been notified directly.

“We are prepared for many things, but fortunately we have never before seen a total breakdown like the one we saw on Thursday. I completely understand that the incident has caused confusion and uncertainty among our students, but we have tried to reschedule the exams as quickly as possible as we believe that most students prefer to complete their exams as soon as they can. That is why we decided to resume the interrupted exams on Thursday and to offer a rescheduled exam on Saturday for the students on the BSc in Economics and Business Administration,” says Vice-dean Per Andersen.

Per Andersen adds that the incident also means that Aarhus BSS will be going through the school’s procedures.

“At Aarhus University, we emphasise that our students should be given optimum and uniform conditions when they take their exams. This means that it is important for us to evaluate this unforeseen incident to find out if there is anything we should do differently if a similar situation arises in future,” says Vice-dean Per Andersen.

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