Census dates and teaching periods 2020

For a summary of changes affecting dates, see COVID-19 updates.

The census date is:

  • when you become liable for fees for the units you're enrolled in
  • the last day you can discontinue without 'withdrawn' showing on your academic record (there are some exceptions)

If you discontinue a unit after certain dates, your academic record can show withdrawn or withdrawn fail. You should understand how discontinuation dates can affect your fees and academic record.

Monash College students

Monash College census dates differ. For census and other important date information, see the Diplomas program and Foundation Year.

Standard census dates for the most common teaching periods

Standard census dates for the most common teaching periods
Teaching periodCode Teaching period start date 'Withdrawn no load' starts Census date 'Withdrawn late' starts 'Withdrawn fail' starts Teaching period end date
    Academic penalty for some teaching periods only  Financial penalties apply

Academic penalties apply to some teaching periods only
   Last day to discontinue units (exceptions apply)
Semester one S1-01 09/03/2020 - 14/04/2020 - - 12/06/2020
Exception
Semester two S2-01 03/08/2020 01/09/2020 07/09/2020 08/09/2020 06/10/2020 30/10/2020
Full-year FY-01 09/03/2020 - 30/04/2020 07/08/2020 31/08/2020 30/10/2020
Summer/winter unit dates may vary from those below. Check faculty summer and winter unit information
Summer semester A SSA-02 01/11/2020 - 31/12/2020 01/01/2021 31/01/2021 19/02/2021
Summer semester B SSB-01 01/01/2020 - 15/01/2020 16/01/2020 30/01/2020 21/02/2020
Winter semester WS-01 22/06/2020 - 06/07/2020 - - 17/07/2020 Exception

Non-standard unit discontinuation dates

There may be other non-standard unit discontinuation dates. If you're unsure check with your faculty.

Census dates for 2020 teaching periods (sorted A-Z)

Census dates for 2020 teaching periods (sorted A-Z)
Teaching periodCode Teaching period start date 'Withdrawn no load' starts Census date 'Withdrawn late' starts 'Withdrawn fail' starts Teaching period end date
    Academic penalty applies to some teaching periods only  Financial penalties apply

Academic penalties apply to some teaching periods only
   Last day to discontinue units (exceptions apply)
Full-year teaching period FY-01 09/03/2020 - 30/04/2020 07/08/2020 31/08/2020 30/10/2020
Full-year Fully flexible FY-FF 09/03/2020 - 30/04/2020 07/08/2020 31/08/2020 30/10/2020
Full-year (extended) FY-32 20/01/2020 - 30/04/2020 07/08/2020 31/08/2020 20/11/2020
MBA 1 MBA-TP1-01 01/01/2020 - 15/02/2020 16/02/2020 17/03/2020 30/04/2020
MBA 2 MBA-TP2-01 01/02/2020 - 08/03/2020 09/03/2020 28/04/2020 30/06/2020
MBA 3 MBA-TP3-01 01/05/2020 - 31/05/2020 01/06/2020 14/07/2020 31/08/2020
MBA 4 MBA-TP4-01 01/07/2020 - 31/07/2020 01/08/2020 13/10/2020 30/11/2020
MBA 5 MBA-TP5-01 01/09/2020 - 29/09/2020 30/09/2020 17/11/2020 31/12/2020
Monash Online 1 MO-TP1-01 03/01/2020 - 17/01/2020 18/01/2020 04/02/2020 18/02/2020
Monash Online 2 MO-TP2-01 28/02/2020 - 13/03/2020 - - 16/04/2020
Exception
Monash Online 3 MO-TP3-01 01/05/2020 - 15/05/2020 - - 15/06/2020
Exception
Monash Online 4 MO-TP4-01 26/06/2020 - 10/07/2020 11/07/2020 24/07/2020 10/08/2020
Monash Online 5 MO-TP5-01 21/08/2020 - 04/09/2020 05/09/2020 18/09/2020 06/10/2020
Monash Online 6 MO-TP6-01 16/10/2020 - 30/10/2020 31/10/2020 13/11/2020 30/11/2020
October intake - South Africa OCT-MSA-01 26/10/2020 - 30/11/2020 01/12/2020 05/01/2021 05/02/2021
October intake - Malaysia OCT-MY-01 26/10/2020 - 30/11/2020 01/12/2020 29/12/2020 22/01/2021
Research Q1 RES-Q1 01/01/2020 - 31/03/2020 - - 31/03/2020
Research Q2 RES-Q2 01/04/2020 - 30/06/2020 - - 30/06/2020
Research Q3 RES-Q3 01/07/2020 - 30/09/2020 - - 30/09/2020
Research Q4 RES-Q4 01/10/2020 - 31/12/2020 - - 31/12/2020
Semester 1 S1-01 09/03/2020-14/04/2020--12/06/2020
Exception
Semester 1 Fully flexible S1-FF 09/03/2020 - 14/04/2020 - - 12/06/2020
Exception
Semester 1 (extended) S1-32 20/01/2020 - 14/04/2020 - - 19/06/2020
Exception
Semester 1 (northern) S1-60 14/09/2020 13/10/2020 02/11/2020 03/11/2020 17/11/2020 11/12/2020
Semester 2 S2-01 03/08/202001/09/202007/09/202008/09/202006/10/202030/10/2020
Semester 2 (extended) S2-32 22/06/2020 21/07/2020 07/09/2020 08/09/2020 29/09/2020 20/11/2020
Semester 2 (northern) S2-60 17/02/2020 17/03/2020 14/04/2020 01/04/2020 28/04/2020 29/05/2020
Semester 2 - semester 1 S2-S1-02 27/07/2020 25/08/2020 30/09/2020 01/10/2020 23/02/2021 28/05/2021
Semester 2 - summer A S2-SS-02 27/07/2020 25/08/2020 30/09/2020 01/10/2020 13/12/2020 19/02/2021
Summer semester A SSA-02 01/11/2020 - 31/12/2020 01/01/2021 31/01/2021 19/02/2021
Summer semester B SSB-01 01/01/2020 - 15/01/2020 16/01/2020 30/01/2020 21/02/2020
Summer A - semester 1 SS-S1-01 01/11/2019 30/11/2019 - 31/12/2019 15/01/2020 - - 29/05/2020
Exception
Term 1 T1-57 01/01/2020 - 15/02/2020 - - 31/03/2020
Exception
Term 2 T2-57 01/04/2020 - 30/04/2020 - - 30/06/2020
Exception
Term 3 T3-57 01/07/2020 30/07/2020 31/08/2020 01/09/2020 15/09/2020 30/09/2020
Term 4 T4-57 01/10/2020 - 02/11/2020 03/11/2020 01/12/2020 31/12/2020
Trimester 1 T1-58 06/01/2020 - 15/02/2020 - - 08/05/2020
Exception
Trimester 2 T2-58 11/05/2020 - 30/06/2020 - - 14/08/2020
Exception
Trimester 3 T3-58 17/08/2020 15/09/2020 30/09/2020 01/10/2020 03/11/2020 04/12/2020
Trimester A TRI-A-29 09/03/2020 - 14/04/2020 - - 29/05/2020
Exception
Trimester B TRI-B-29 13/07/2020 - 14/08/2020 15/08/2020 01/09/2020 02/10/2020
Trimester C TRI-C-29 16/11/2020 - 31/12/2020 01/01/2021 05/01/2021 05/02/2021
Winter semester WS-01 22/06/2020 - 06/07/2020 - - 17/07/2020 Exception
Winter semester (extended) WS-FF 22/06/2020 - 06/07/2020 - - 31/07/2020 Exception

Exceptions to last day to discontinue units

Some teaching periods have an exception to the last day to discontinue. Those with an exception allow withdrawal after results are released.

In semester one 2020, fail grades will not be recorded on academic transcripts or count towards the Grade Point Average (GPA) or Weighted Average Mark (WAM). This applies to other teaching periods that intersect with or align with semester one.

  • The last day for you to discontinue a unit without Withdrawn or Withdrawn Fail appearing on your transcript is the teaching period end date.
  • However, after the teaching period end date, if you fail a unit, your mark and the fail grade will not be recorded on your academic transcript or count towards your GPA or WAM.

Grading update

To support you in achieving the best possible results for your units, we recently announced changes to our exams and assessments. We established an Academic Safety Net working group, made up of students and staff, to make recommendations to the Academic Board about grading matters for semester one, and for teaching periods that intersect with or align with semester one.

These recommendations were made and approved by the Board:

  • If students achieve a mark of 40-49, they can choose to complete supplementary assessment in all the units that meet these criteria. The previous cap of two units for supplementary assessments is relaxed.
  • Any existing threshold hurdles will be applied at 40, not the current mark of 45, including exams.
  • After results are released, students can choose to exclude the results of all passed units studied in semester one from the calculation of their Grade Point Average and Weighted Average Mark. This is based on the principle that the disadvantage experienced by the student is experienced in all units, not just select units. Students who opt to exclude their passed results will have each unit which they passed recorded as SFR (Satisfied Faculty Requirements) on the transcript.

As arrangements are finalised, we’ll keep you updated.

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