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:
- Orientation Week (‘O Week’): During this week, teaching staff will provide students with information that outlines the content, learning objectives, technological and assessment requirements of units for which they are enrolled. Faculties will also provide students with information on opportunities for students to participate in The Monash Passport. No class tests or assessment deadlines are scheduled;
- Twelve (12) teaching weeks;
- ‘SWOT-Vac’ (1 Week): a period during which no classes, class tests, assessment deadlines and other compulsory student activities are scheduled; and
- Three (3) week centrally scheduled Examinations period.
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 week beginning with Easter Monday;
- week 19; and
- week 31.
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.