Academic Calendar and Semesters Policy
|To describe the University's policy on the development of the University's Academic Calendar and semesters.|
* All campuses (including offshore)
The University Academic Calendar, comprising two standard semesters in a calendar year, will be approved in advance by Academic Board on a rolling five (5) year basis.
The Vice President (Administration) is responsible for determining the dates for, and operationalising, the Academic Calendar.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) is responsible for recommending the University Academic Calendar to Academic Board for approval.
A standard semester shall comprise the following elements:
Monash University follows the Universities Australia methodology for determining Week 1 of the academic year, based on Week 1 being counted from the Monday nearest 1 March. Similarly, Monash University observes the Universities Australia allocation principle for common vacation dates, with the common vacation weeks being:
The composition and start and finish dates of other study periods used at the University will be approved by Academic Board on a rolling two (2) year basis or as required.
New, non-standard semesters will only be approved where this is considered essential in order to deliver approved programs, and upon Academic Board approval of a business case.
Responsibility for implementation
* University wide—Vice President (Administration) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)
|Name: Academic Board|
Agenda item: 16.8
|Name: Education Committee|
Agenda item: 7.1.2
Census Date: The date in a semester when enrolment is taken to be finalised and where withdrawal from units of study after that date will incur academic and financial penalty.
Non-Standard semester: Any study period other than the two (2) standard semesters (Semester 1 and Semester 2) that constitute the University Academic Calendar.
Semester: A period of time in which a unit is available, eg. Semester 1.
Week Thirteen or ‘SWOT-Vac’: Study Without Teaching vacation week before the commencement of the centrally scheduled examinations period.
Teaching Weeks: Weeks within a semester during which classes are scheduled.
Orientation Week (‘O Week’): The week immediately preceding Week 1 of the standard teaching semester.
Legislation Mandating Compliance
All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education)|
|Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)|
University Policy Use
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