According to Sec. 17 (3) of the Bylaws on Academic Matters (Satzung für Studienangelegenheiten) of Freie Universität Berlin, students may be removed from the register by the administration for official reasons in any of the following cases:
- If the student has failed to commence his or her studies immediately despite a written request to that effect;
- If the student’s enrollment approval was granted for a limited time only or on a provisional basis (for example, for participation in the preparatory course (Studienkolleg) or in a pre-study language course or with regard to subject-related eligibility for studies) and the requirements for further enrollment are not met (such as if the student fails the language test with no option to retake it);
- If the student fails to re-register at the beginning of the semester despite a written reminder notice that includes threat of removal from the register if the student fails to comply with the re-registration requirements, including exam advising (such as if the student forgets to re-register or fails to participate in exam or end-of-program advising (Prüfungsberatung or Abschlussberatung);
- If the student fails a required test or exam without the option to retake it;
- If the student has successfully completed a course of study and has not submitted a successful application to transfer his or her enrollment to another course of study or a program for a different degree or certificate.