Chapter 4: Changes to enrolment

4.5 Withdrawal in Good Standing

Students withdrawing from their research program should consider the impact of that withdrawal in relation to any enrolled coursework unit/s. Before applying to withdraw, students should check any key dates to avoid academic and financial penalties.

If a student's withdrawal application is approved, any current coursework unit enrolment/s  will be discontinued. Depending upon when this withdrawal is applied for, one  of the following scenarios applies:

  • If a student withdraws before the census date, any enrolled units will have the status of "Withdrawn early". An exception is "Withdrawn no load", which applies to some teaching periods.
  • If a student withdraws after the census date but before the withdrawn fail date, any enrolled units will have the status of 'Withdrawn Late'.
  • Where a student withdraws after the withdrawn fail date, any enrolled units will show 'Withdrawn  Fail'.

Any student considering withdrawal from his/her research program should discuss with the supervisor(s), Graduate Research  Coordinator or head of the academic unit any difficulties he/she is facing to ensure that all options are considered.

Students who do not wish to continue with their research program are required to notify Monash University of their intention to withdraw, by way of a signed letter, an email or by completing a Changes to Enrolment/Scholarship form (Monash only) and submitting it to Monash Graduate Education (formerly MIGR) for approval purposes. Students with a coursework component in their degree must obtain faculty approval for any applicable coursework amendments,  prior to submitting the application to Monash Graduate Education.

Please note:  The Monash Graduate Research Office (MGRO) will not approve backdated variation requests. Students who wish to be re-admitted into the course of study from which they withdraw in good standing at a later date are to refer to the current Monash  University (Academic Board) Regulations and the Graduate Research Re-admission Procedures.