I am writing this message here for my friend who is... having some of the most stressful months of his life as I can see.
The story from the beginning, my friend is studying in a university in germany and started his master thesis in a company with supervision from a professor. First few weeks were fine until he tried to contact the professor where he didn't get replies from him, after contacting the university he was told he should be trying to go to the professor office if its anything urgent, however since the professor and the university was in another city a few hours away and it wasn't anything urgent he didn't think much of it.
Fast forward to one or two months into his master thesis, as he planned to go to his office as it was getting abit problematic, covid happened and no professors were in the university as such.
He completed both his thesis for the company as per the requirements and finished the thesis papers, which he submitted to the professor and asked him for details on the defence and such, but he didn't get any response.
There was a suspicion there are some issues with the professor but it wasn't clear what's up since his university wasn't helping, and since he had no more classes and was doing his thesis in another city he decided to stay there as he waited for any update.
A few months later, his thesis just came up as "failed", he tried contacting the professor but to no avail, almost a year without a single reply. He then emailed basically everyone he could, and the only reply he got was that the examination officer will contact the professor to see what's up.
That was almost three weeks ago, and he went yet again today in person to question on my suggestion, where the examination officer basically gave him the equivalent of a shrug in terms of what can be done.
Since both me and him are not from the country, we have very limited visas where unless and until we graduate we are limited in terms of work alongside with total duration of studies. And the visa office has been giving him trouble for some of the details (why is he a student in city A but living in student B while he doesn't have an active thesis in city A going on right now? Why did his degree take this long but not resolved yet?) Massive stress and psychological issues that causes him to seek professional help and then, all he gets was nothing.
The officer finished with talking about if he had no time that they can promise it "doesn't happen again", but our thoughts were how this 'promise', especially not on paper means nothing. And he already spent almost 7 months working on this thesis without anything in return.
It is a bit unclear, and neither me or him have any idea of what to do at this point. He tried to reach for someone higher up but none such as the Dean is at the university at this point due to covid.
I really appreciate any ideas, as almost anything at this moment is appreciated. Can the university just... ignore him and waste his work Herr and have him forced to do another thesis because his professor didn't bother to reply to emails, open his thesis or schedule a defence? (Since its clear it was a fail due to nothing delivered..).